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Yangshuo Style Eggplant

Gourmet's Adventures with Ruth: Season One: Yangshuo Cooking School

Serves4 (as a side dish)
  • Active time:25 min
  • Start to finish:25 min
December 2009
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  • 1/2 lb Asian eggplant (1 large)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled ginger (a 1- by 1/2-inch piece)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fermented black beans, rinsed well
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 scallions, white and green part cut into 3-inch lengths and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • Cut eggplant crosswise into 3-inch lengths, then halve pieces lengthwise. Cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
  • Heat wok over high heat until it smokes. Add oil, swirling pan to heat evenly, then add eggplant and stir-fry, spreading slices around bottom and sides of wok to help brown until eggplant is softened and browned on the edges, about 2 minute. Add garlic and ginger and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then add chile paste and fermented black beans and stir-fry 30 seconds more. Add water, oyster sauce, and soy sauce and stir-fry until eggplant is coated with a thickened sauce, 1 to 2 minutes. Add scallions and stir-fry 30 seconds more.
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