Prep 10 m
Cook 15m


    1 plain flour batter 

    2 heaped tbsp panko breadcrumbs

    1/2 small aubergine, sliced into 1 cm-thick round

    2 tbsp vegetable oil

    30 gms mixed mushrooms, sliced

    1 tbsp light soy sauce

    2 hirata buns (steamed)


    1 tbsp Kewpie mayonnaise

    1 coriander sprig, leaves picked (optional)

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A guide to making aubergine bao buns Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

1. Add plain flour batter into a bowl and place the breadcrumbs in a separate shallow bowl. Dip the aubergine slices into the batter and then into the breadcrumbs, ensuring each slice is coated well.

2. Heat oil in a wok over a medium-high heat and, once hot, shallow-fry the aubergine slices until crisp and golden on both sides.

3. Transfer the slices on to a plate lined with kitchen paper to soak up any excess oil and set aside.

4. Drain the oil from the wok and then fry the mixed mushrooms, without stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes.

5. Add the soy sauce, stir to coat and then stir-fry for a further 5 minutes.

6. Take a hot steamed bun, open it apart gently and fill with some fried aubergine and some mushrooms. Add a little kewpie mayonnaise and garnish with fresh coriander.

7. Repeat with the remaining buns and serve warm.

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