Eggplant and Mango Soba Noodles (Recipe)


Isn’t this perfect for a potluck?! These chilled noodles effortlessly combine sweet and sour flavors.

Eggplant and Mango Soba Noodles



  • 1/2 Cup rice vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 Fresh red chile, finely chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Lime, zest and juice


  • 1 Cup sunflower oil
  • 2 Japanese or Chinese eggplants, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • Coarse salt

The Rest:

  • 8 Ounces soba noodles
  • 1 Large ripe mango, cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • 1/2 Red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 2/3 Cup Basil
  • 2 1/2 Cups cilantro, chopped

1. Add vinegar, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a small saucepan and turn heat to low. Warm mixture for about 1 minute, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Remove saucepan from heat, and stir in garlic, chile and sesame oil. Set aside to cool. After the mixture has cooled completely, add the zest and juice of the lime.
3. Add sunflower oil to a large pan. Working in batches, fry eggplant until golden brown. Transfer to a colander. Liberally sprinkle salt over fried eggplant, and let it sit in the colander to drain.
4. Prepare soba noodles according to package directions, allowing them to still be a little al dente before draining and running under cold water. Try to shake off all the extra water you can before letting dry and cool on a dish towel.
5. Add noodles, dressing, mango, eggplant, onion, and just about half of the basil and cilantro and toss to combine. Let sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours so the flavors can meld before tossing with the remaining herbs.

Recipe Credit: Yotam Ottolenghi via serious eats.

More Eggplant Recipes:
Greek-Style Grilled Eggplant Dip
Roasted Eggplant & Barley Salad


Past Member
Past Member about a year ago

Looks interesting.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Katie, for Sharing this!

Sheila Casey
Past Member 5 years ago

hurrah for mango and cilantro combo!

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo5 years ago

Eggplant is delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

JL A5 years ago


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Sonia M5 years ago

thanks for sharing

Jason S.
Jason S5 years ago

Good posting, thanks

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T5 years ago

Thanks for this recipe.

Fi T.
Past Member 5 years ago

What a nice match