Saturday, December 26, 2015

Hong You Qie Zi

Steamed Eggplant with Chile Sauce

2 large eggplants or 6-8 slender Asian eggplants
3 tbsp light soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp Chinkiang or black Chinese vinegar
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp chili oil with chile flakes
1 tsp sesame oil

If using large eggplants, trim them, cut in half, and sprinkle with salt, leave for 1/2 hour to draw out bitter juices.
Steam eggplants over high flame for 5-10 minutes until tender. Peel if desired. Cool, cut into chunks or cut lengthwise.
Combine soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add oils.
Serve eggplants with sauce as a dip.

Source: Land of Plenty by Fuschia Dunlop

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