Sweet Gingery Miso and Grilled Veggies Soba with an egg

Writing for a living and writing for leisure is different.  Very different.  No one pays me to write.  No one would anyways.  I am not qualified.  And because of that, I don’t expect anyone to read my blog.  One might say, “then why are you still doing this if you don’t expect anyone to read it?”  I am doing this because I need to practice.  I need to improve my writing just as much as I need to improve my food shots.  And the only way is to practice.  Just because no one pays me to write, this doesn’t grant me the liberty to say anything irresponsibly and waive the accountability of what I am being held for.  That’s why although blogging is my hobby, it is difficult.  This is also why I prefer to spend more time to improve my food shots instead.  

A friend once told me what his literature professor used to tell him — it was to be yourself when it comes to writing.  This friend is Nirwan Moktan.  So yeah, what does he got to do with my recipe.  Well, I just want to take this chance to tell him that I am very proud of him.  We used to work in the same company in Hong Kong.  He is currently in Nepal building shelters for the quake victims.  And my heart goes out to him and everyone there.  

I’ve always been paying close attention to Nirwan’s fb updates.  In other words, I am a Facebook stalker.  Heh! Not long ago, I saw his post addressed to a national newspaper of Nepal, República.  It was about their inaccurate report errors that could cause the loss of many people’s homes.  His post brought my attention to the power of words.  Personally, I think writing is the most powerful weapon in today’s world because it can shape a person’s mind on a small scale and a nation on a big scale.  And that’s why it is more dangerous now than ever after the birth and expansion of social media.  Not everything we read online are based on truth.  Evaluating sources of information has become an even more important knowledge for all of us today.  Honest and truth, aren’t we all looking for those in life?  Without professional journalism integrity, motivation is dangerous.  

Nirwan, if you are reading this right now — I want you to know that not only am I proud to have a courageous friend like you; keep up the good spirit there!  This world needs more people like you.  Oh and please take care.

I just spent two days preparing this piece of writing and it took me less than an hour to cook this dish, style, shoot, edit, and post online.  Now you see, that’s what I called making an effort! ;)

Sweet Gingery Miso and Grilled Veggies Soba with an egg

Sweet Gingery Miso and Grilled Veggies Soba with an egg

Servings: 2 persons

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: 

1/2 red capiscum, thinly sliced

1/2 red or white onion, thinly sliced

1 small eggplant, thinly sliced

1 zucchini, thinly sliced 

2 eggs, sunny side up

200g cooked soba, run through cold water and drained

sesame oil/extra-virgin olive oil

sesame seeds

1-2 tbsp chopped parsley/coriander

soy sauce

1 tsp paprika 

sriracha

Miso Dressing Ingredients: 

2-3 tbsp rice vinegar

3 tbsp soy sauce

1-2 tbsp honey/brown sugar

4-5 tbsp white miso

1/4 cup water

2 tbsp sesame oil

1/2 minced fresh garlic clove

1 tsp minced ginger

Instructions: 

1) Cook soba according to the packaging label.  Rinsed with cold water and drained well.  Set aside.  

2) Grilled eggplant, zucchini, capsicum, and onion on a griddle pan or a bbq grill.  Season and add a pinch of paprika to the vegetables.  Grilling should take about 5 minutes on each side.  While waiting, cook two eggs on a frying pan.  

3) Transfer the cooked soba to a bowl.  Add a drizzle of sesame oil/olive oil and a bit of soy sauce to the soba before topping with grilled vegetables and an egg.

4) Garnish with fresh parsley or coriander and a drizzle of sriracha along with the miso dressing on the side.

Sweet Gingery Miso and Grilled Veggies Soba with an egg

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