This Jewish Food Hero community recipe is Rithy’s Umami Miso Ginger Eggplant. Community Recipes is a recurring feature where I ask a community member to share a vegan recipe with us. This Umami Miso Ginger Eggplant recipe is a simplified home-style version of a Japanese eggplant dish.
Rithy is a Cambodian woman and an amazing cook. Most importantly, she is the type of person who never rushes and she radiates peace in the kitchen. After she finished high school, she decided that cooking would be her career path. So, she completed a 6-month training course at an NGO in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2002. Through that course, she learned how to cook French and Thai food. Rithy then worked at the NGO for 3 years as an assistant cooking instructor. She also worked at various restaurants in Phnom Penh.
Most recently, Rithy created the school lunch program at the Ecole Francaise de Battambang (International French School of Battambang). Rithy developed the school’s menu and cooked lunch for 40+ students and teachers every day. Can you imagine doing that while radiating peace?! Rithy did it! Rithy’s Umami Miso Ginger Eggplant Recipe is a recipe that she developed for the school menu. Everyone loved this dish.
Rithy is not a vegan but she often cooks and eats vegan food. As a Cambodian woman, her diet revolves around rice. Everyday, she eats rice and vegetables and small amounts of meat and egg. Her favorite fruit is green mango which she eats a few times a week.
Rithy’s cooking style
Rithy’s cooking style focuses on fresh ingredients and a good balance between healthy food and food that people will love to eat. These are the key principles in Rithy’s Umami Miso Ginger Eggplant recipe.
As of late, she has fallen in love with vegan cooking. As a result, she teaches herself how to make new dishes by watching cooking videos on Facebook.
About Rithy’s Umami Miso Ginger Eggplant
This recipe was inspired by a Facebook recipe that Rithy saw. She adapted it to make it more suitable for children and adults alike. What about if you want to make Rithy’s Umami Miso Ginger Eggplant but eggplant is not your thing? You can substitute zucchini or firm tofu, or use both. You can even just make the Umami Miso Ginger sauce and serve it over your favorite steamed vegetable.
Rithy’s Umami Miso Ginger Eggplant uses the following special ingredients:
Kosher Miso Paste: This miso paste produces a flavorful sweet, salty and vinegary sauce. Miso is a fermented food which has many health benefits that you can read about here.