I absolutely love Japanese food – when done properly. So when I am given food from Japan, I am usually excited, unless it’s Nattō. In this case I was given something I’d never had before – an aubergine-based meal. Literally the main ingredient was aubergine.
This may not sound that crazy to you, but until now an aubergine has never been an exciting thing for me – I’ll eat it, mostly happily, but it has a slight bitterness to it which is just a tad unpleasant and the texture can be a bit unusual. So all the better that I try it out and give it a chance to win me over, as I love doing things with ingredients that I’m not used to.