Get a taste of the Far East with this simple recipe for Soy-braised aubergine. Aubergine works really well with Chinese flavours such as ginger and sesame oil.
Recipe - Serves: 8
2 medium aubergines
3 tbsp sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
3cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1 bunch salad onions, cut into 3cm strips
2 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tsp fish sauce
150ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp acacia honey
2 red chillies, finely sliced
1 x ½ 28g pack fresh coriander, torn
1. Cut the aubergines in half lengthways, then cut each half into 3 or 4 long wedges. Heat 1 tbsp of the sesame oil in a large frying pan or wok until hot. Fry the aubergine wedges in batches until golden, adding a further 1 tbsp of the oil when needed. Remove from the pan and set aside.
2. Heat the remaining oil and fry the garlic, ginger and salad onions until golden and aromatic. Add the rice wine, soy sauce, fish sauce and stock.
3. Return the aubergine to the pan, cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes until the aubergine is tender and ‘gives’. Drizzle over the honey, turn to combine and remove from the heat. Meanwhile, plunge the beansprouts in a pan of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Drain well and toss with the chillies and coriander to combine. Spoon the aubergine into bowls and top with the beansprout salad.
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