Fish-Fragrant Aubergine with Pork

Umami flavours make this aubergine dish reminiscent of the sea.

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
2 tbsps of groundnut oil
2 spring onions, cut on the diagonal into 2.5cm slices
1 tbsp of Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry
250g lean minced pork
1 tbsp of Sichuan peppercorns
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
2.5cm piece of root ginger, peeled and grated
2 cloves of garlic, crushed and finely chopped
1 aubergine (about 200g), sliced into batons
Salt and ground white pepper

For the Sauce

100ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp of light soy sauce
1 tbsp Chinkiang black rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp of cornflour mixed with 1 tbsp of water

Heat a wok over a high heat until it starts to smoke and then pour in half the groundnut oil. Add the aubergine pieces and stir-fry for about 5 minutes or until browned, adding a dash of water now and then to soften the aubergine. Once it is cooked, transfer to a plate.

Reheat the wok and add the remaining groundnut oil. Add the garlic, ginger, chilli and Sichuan peppercorns and stirfry for a few seconds, then add the pork, breaking it up in the wok with a wooden spoon. As the pork starts to turn brown, add the rice wine or dry sherry and cook for 2 minutes.

Pour in the sauce ingredients and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, then add the spring onions and cook for just under a minute or until softened. Season further, to taste, with salt and pepper and serve immediately with jasmine or brown rice.

Ching's Fast Food is published by HarperCollins, priced £20.

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