Eggplants or aubergines stir-fried with seasonings.

Ingredients

450 g Eggplants 120 g Lean pork, thinly shredded 3 pieces Red chilies, soaked in water (10 minutes) 1 clove Garlic, finely chopped 1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped 1 tsp Spring onion, white part only, finely chopped 2 tsp Cornflour paste 1 tbsp Light soy sauce 1 tbsp Light brown sugar 1 tbsp Chili bean sauce 1 tbsp Chinese rice wine 1 tbsp Rice vinegar 2 tbsp Cooking oil - For garnish, 1 tsp of finely chopped spring onion, green part only and a few drops of sesame oil.

Instructions

* Prepare eggplants by strip-cutting it into short, chip-size pieces. Skin can be left on or peeled off depending on preferences. * Cut soaked red chilies into two or three small pieces and discard seeds. * Heat oil in wok or pan and deep-fry the eggplant strips for approx. 3 minutes or until limp. Remove and drain. * Leave approx. 1 tablespoon of oil in the wok and add garlic, ginger, chilies and white spring onions and stir-fry for approx. 1 minute. * Add in the pork shreds and stir-fry for another minute or until it becomes pale in color. * Add the rest of the seasonings, increase the heat, and bring the mixture to a boil. * Add the eggplant to the wok, stirring frequently, and braise for approx. 20 seconds, then thicken the sauce with the cornflour paste, stirring until smooth. * Garnish with green spring onion and a few drops of sesame oil.

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