It has been several months since I’ve cooked anything. Literally, MONTHS. You’ve probably noticed that for the past few months I’ve only been blogging about restaurants (compare my “Dining Out” page versus my “Cooking” or “Baking” page lol).

I totally miss cooking though (and baking). I usually go on a hiatus when its close to exam time, and recently, my hectic work schedule also played a factor. I’ve traveled quite a bit too during the summer, so that’s another reason. Oh and another reason would be that I only get to cook when I’m over at my boyfriend’s place during the weekend (usually Sundays at that). Anyway, those are all the reasons. I have no idea why I feel the need to explain/justify myself but nonetheless, last Sunday, I decided it was time to get my “cook on” again.

One of the dishes I made last Sunday was this Spicy Eggplants with Minced Pork (魚香茄子) from Christine’s Recipes. I totally love her blog. Why? Because she has many authentic Chinese dishes with recipes that are written in ENGLISH, which is VERY IMPORTANT TO ME =). I’ve been following her blog for quite a while now and there are so many dishes I want to try to make from her site.

The name of the actual recipe on her blog is “Spicy Eggplant with Minced Pork in Clay Pot”. I do not own a clay pot (nor do my boyfriend) so I made do with just a regular pot, and left out the “Clay Pot” part from the title of my post.

This Spicy Eggplant with Minced Pork dish has always been one of my favorite Chinese dishes because I love eggplant (only the thin, long Chinese eggplants though) and spicy food. The combination of sauce, the spiciness, and the soft eggplants in this dish just makes it so appetizing, especially with rice! This is very dangerous thought because you may end up eating many many bowls of rice .

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Ingredients

450 gram eggplant
170 ram minced pork
1/2 Tbsp ginger, finely chopped
1 Tbsp minced shallot
1 Tbsp garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp chili bean sauce (available at Asian stores)
Water, adjust while cooking
Marinade

1 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cornflour
1/2 tsp vegetable oil
2 tsp water
Pepper, to taste
Seasoning
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tsp oyster sauce
2 tsp water
sesame oil, to taste
pepper, to taste

Thickening
1 tsp cornflour
2 Tbsp water

Method
1. Rinse eggplant. Trim and julienne.
2. Soak in water with a bit of salt dissolved for a while. Drain well.
3. Marinate pork mince for 20 minutes.
4. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a clay pot over medium. Sauté half of the minced garlic, shallot, ginger and chili bean sauce. Add eggplant and stir fry constantly. Also add hot water bit by bit all the way of stir frying. Don’t add too much water at a time, just add small amount to avoid burning or sticking to the bottom of clay pot. Coat the eggplant with sauce evenly, then add some boiling water to simmer until eggplants softened.

 

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