The dish that comes to mind is nasu dengaku - miso glazed eggplant, it's one of my fav dishes to order at a Japanese restaurant but something I've never been able to make myself. Here is the pinterest board I made with inspirations - I really like the recipe style illustrations, as well as ones with simple lines/bit of saturated color. I'm also interested in exploring if the eggplants could be arranged in some interesting way. And hoping to mostly use real life references.
Here is a concept sketch, coloring/detailing is up next!