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  • Writer's pictureEmily Yeo

Vegan Unagi Don (Eggplant)

Whether you're living the plant-based life or just trying to save a few bucks, this vegan unagi don (eggplant) glazed in sweet and savoury unagi sauce is a classic alternative that will satisfy vegans, vegetarians, and seafood lovers alike! This vegan eggplant unagi don is seriously a classic unagi don's doppelgänger! The appearance of this eggplant unagi don is very similar to the real deal and the texture of the eggplant is melt-in-your-mouth. The sweet meat of unagi, tender eggplant, fluffy steamed rice, and the most tantalising sauce all in one bowl. You’d be in for a treat!



Cutting slits on the surface not only soaks up the sauce but also provides a similar appearance of eel. In my opinion, unagi is all about the sauce, which is actually very easy to make both vegan and gluten free. Eggplant is both meaty and soft enough to serve as the perfect faux eel so when paired together, you get a very realistic experience. The sauce is similar to a teriyaki sauce and can easily be adjusted to your preference.



Japanese or Chinese eggplant works best for this recipe as the shape is long and slim to resemble unagi (eel) with fewer seeds but feel free to use any eggplant available. Pan-frying the eggplant with the sauce provides the caramelisation and creaminess to the eggplant. For an optional charred appearance, use a torch, broiler or toaster oven.





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