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Friday, September 15, 2023

omnivorescookbook Sichuan Eggplant

I’ve taking  the liberty to change this recipe a slightly. 2 Chinese long eggplant (which is less bitter than the American version)
  • 2 Sliced red sweet pepper ( could sub with any pepper as long as red) (The Chinese include dry varieties)
  • 2 Sliced scallions

  • Sauce

    • 2 tablespoons Chinkiang vinegar( black vinegar)
    • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine 
    • 1 tablespoon spicy fermented bean paste doubanjiang
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 4 tablespoons peanut oil 
    • 1/8 teaspoon Sichuan pepper 
    • 4 cloves garlic , chopped
    • 2 teaspoons ginger , minced
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish (Optional)

    Prepare sauce

    • Mix Chinkiang vinegar, light soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, spicy fermented bean paste, and sugar in a small bowl.
    • Heat peanut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat until warm. Add ginger and garlic. Stir and cook until fragrant. Turn to medium low heat. 
    • Add the vinegar mixture. Stir and cook until bringing to a simmer. While grilling eggplant, put the saucepan on the grill, over indirect heat to keep warm. Add a bit of water if the sauce gets too thick.

    Cook eggplant

    • Halve the eggplants lengthwise. Score the inside flesh in a criss-cross pattern using the tip of a small knife. Cut as close to the skin as you can without cutting through it.
    • If using a gas grill, set all the burners to high heat and preheat for 15 minutes. Clean the cooking grate. Make sure the grill has reached medium-high heat.

    • While waiting for the grill to heat, brush cut sides of the eggplant slices with peanut oil. Season with salt.
    • Grill eggplant over medium-high heat with the lid open, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the surfaces are charred with dark grill marks. Flip once in the middle. If the eggplant gets charred too quickly, move to the cooler side of the grill, but not too far from the fire. Cook until the texture becomes creamy. Transfer to a plate to cool.

    • Pour sauce onto eggplant right before serving. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

    When judging the heat, hold hand 5 inches above the  grill. It should be comfortable, 3 to 4 seconds.