Udon Noodles with Eggplant and Mango

This recipe is mighty tasty. The picture doesn't do justice to the uniquely vibrant flavours... sweet, tangy, spicy, musky... I can't quite put my finger on what exactly makes it so darn delicious, but trust me, it is!

Read on for the how to.....

Udon Noodles with Eggplant and Mango

1/2 cup rice vinegar
3 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 fresh red chile, finely chopped
1 tsp sesame oil
grated zest & juice of 1 lime
1 cup sunflower oil
1 large eggplant, diced
1 mango, peeled and sliced
8oz udon or soba noodles
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 cups cilantro leaves, chopped
1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced

In a small sauce pan, heat the vinegar, sugar & salt until just dissolved. Then turn off heat. Add in garlic, lime zest & juice, chile and sesame oil. Set aside.

Heat up the sunflower oil in a large pan or wok, and fry the eggplant until golden brown. Place in a colander, sprinkle liberally with salt, and set aside to drain off excess oil.

Cook the noodles in boiling water until al dente. Drain, and rinse with cold water.

In a mixing bowl, toss together the noodles, dressing, eggplant., mango, herbs and red onion. Serve right away, or set aside for a few hours to allow the flavours to blend.

I promise, you will not be disappointed!

* Recipe adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty


  1. i like how the colors echo your last fashion post:)

  2. Oh, I love udon noodles! There's something so hearty and satisfying about them.

  3. Yum Yum Yum. I am such a huge fan of Udon noodles!

  4. I'm definitely going to try this. The mister and I both love udon noodles, so I'll take any excuse to cook some up. Thanks!

  5. I am so going to try this. The dish looks oh-so beautiful and totally scrumptious:) Btw: I LOVED your comment this morning:) xo

  6. i love udon and your recipe is fantastic! the unique combination of eggplant with the sweet mango sounds delicious. keeping this on hand for the next noodle night.

  7. Did I miss something? I don't see any mango in the list of ingredients. I assume it is just one mango that's needed, right? Sounds delicious.

    1. Oh gosh - thank you for pointing out such a careless mistake! Yes it's one mango ;)


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