The Miu's Crispy Sticky Eggplant 茄子

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INGREDIENTS

500g Eggplant

1/4 cup cornflour

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground white pepper

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

SAUCE STUFF

1 cube fermented bean curd

5 cloves fresh garlic, minced

2 sprigs spring onion, chopped

1 tsp black bean sauce

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp sugar

Fresh Chilli (optional) 

GARNISH

Spring Onions

Toasted Sesame Seeds

 

METHOD

PREPARING EGGPLANT

Chop eggplant into large pieces. Soak eggplant in salted water for at least 30 minutes, try to submerge the pieces by using a heavy plate, and pat dry. In a separate bowl, mix cornflour, salt, white and black pepper. Toss the eggplant pieecs in cornflour mixture so every piece is coated generously on all sides with the flour mix.

 

DEEP-FRYING EGGPLANT

Heat a few inches of frying oil in a deep pot or wok. The oil is hot enough if you put a wooden chopstick in and lots of bubbles rise rapidly out of the chopstick. Fry eggplant pieces for about 3 minutes, turning so that the pieces cook evenly. I would suggest frying in small batches of 5-7 pieces if you have a small pot, or 8-10 pieces if you have a large wok, so that the oil doesn’t lose too much heat. Drain on paper towel and set aside.

 

STIR-FRYING EGGPLANT

Mix black bean sauce, oyster sauce and sugar together in a small bowl and set aside. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan on medium heat.Cook spring onions until shiny, then add garlic and stir.Add the black bean sauce mix to the pan along with fermented bean curd until it has dissolved. Add eggplant and fresh chilli to sauce and stir lightly until the eggplant pieces are evenly coated! Garnish with freshly sliced spring onions and toasted sesame seeds!

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