Eggplant with Yu-Xiang Sauce
Cut the eggplant into 3-inch long strips as thick as your little finger, salt them
and pat dry after 10 minutes. Meanwhile cut the pork into small pieces, at most 1/4" on
a side, chop the scallions into small pieces, and chop the garlic and ginger as finely
as possible (a food processor works well). Mix the seasonings in a small bowl.
- 4-8 Asian eggplants, about 1 lb.
- 1/4 lb. pork tenderloin
- 2 scallions
- 1 handful finely chopped ginger
- 1 handful finely chopped garlic
- 1-2 T hot bean sauce
- 2 T soy sauce
- 1 t sugar
- 1/2 C chicken stock
- 2 t sesame oil
- 1 T cornstarch mixed with 2 Tbsps. water
- 3/4 C cooking oil
Heat 1/2 cup of the oil in a wok until very hot. Add the eggplant and
turn the heat down to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, until the eggplant
strips are soft and moist. Remove them from the wok with a slotted spoon and drain.
Now heat 3 more Tbsps. of the oil in the wok until very hot. Add the pork,
ginger, garlic and hot bean sauce. Cook until the red color of the bean
sauce begins to be absorbed by the other ingredients. Add the
Seasonings, stir briefly, and then add the precooked eggplant.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid begins to disappear. Add the
scallions and sesame oil. Stir while adding the cornstarch and water mixture.
When the sauce has thickened and begins to adhere to the eggplant strips, remove
to a serving dish and serve immediately, with sticky rice and cold beer.
Adapted from The Good Food of Szechwan by Robert A. Delfs