VIDEO: Sticky noodles with crispy aubergine
17th Sep, 2018


  • For the crispy aubergine:
  • 1 aubergine, diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 100ml water
  • For the sticky noodles:
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, slices
  • 1 tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tamari soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 150g vermicelli noodles
  • ¼ small white cabbage, sliced
  • ¼ small red cabbage, sliced
  • handful mange tout, sliced
  • 1 red chili, sliced
  • Small bunch coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp black and white sesame seeds, toasted

Equipment required:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Small frying pan
  • Saucepan


1. In a large mixing bowl whisk the egg and flour together to form a paste, gradually add the water until you have a light dripping consistency, similar to a light pancake mix.

2. Mix through the aubergine ensuring that every piece is covered in the batter and place in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill.

3. Make your sticky sauce by adding the sesame oil, spring onions, ginger, garlic , vinegar, tamari sauce and honey in a pan. Place the pan on a medium heat and bring to the boil, then turn the heat low and simmer for 10 minutes.

4. While your sauce is simmering, bring a pan of water to the boil and drop in the vermicelli noodle, boil for 5
minutes until soft and then drain and place them in cold water until you need them.

5. Place the cooked noodles in a mixing bowl along with the cabbage, mango tout and chilli and pour over the sauce. Mix through and leave to marinate while you cook the aubergine.

6. Place a frying pan on a medium heat. Add a drizzle of oil to the pan. When the oil is hot add the aubergine chunks one at a time and turn them when they are golden on each side. You may have to do this in batches.

7. Once the aubergine has all been cooked, assemble the dish by placing the noodles and veg on the plate, topping with the crispy aubergine and garnishing with the coriander, sesame seeds and extra chili if you wish.

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