08 January 2013

Spicy Szechuan Eggplant with Minced Pork

Before we get into the specifics of this dish, let me just say: 
I really, really, really love spicy food.  

When I was in college, my equally spicy-food loving roommate and I would add some form of spice (red pepper, hot peppers, Sriarcha, you name it!) to everything we cooked. Luckily, this habit has calmed down a little for both of us over the years, but I would say more often than not, you'll find me adding a little kick to my dishes.

This particular dish obviously fits the spicy requirement, as Szechuan dishes are famous for being over-the-top, deliciously spicy. My mom would make this dish when I was little, but I can't say I really enjoyed it too much until I was in college. While I wasn't averse to eating vegetables as a kid, eggplants were definitely not on the top of my must-haves. Over the years, I have grown fonder of them and their versatility in dishes across cuisines. This dish, Spicy Szechuan Eggplant with Minced Pork, remains one of my favorites!  

Servings: 4

3 medium large eggplants, sliced into approximately 3" by 1/2" sticks
1/4 lb ground pork
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 inch piece ginger, sliced
1 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
Green onions, as garnish 

Marinade (combine in small bowl):
3 tbsp chilli garlic paste
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sugar

1. Heat up a few swirls of sesame oil in wok to medium high heat. Add garlic and ginger and stir fry until fragrant. 

2. Add in ground pork and cook until lightly browned.

3. Add in the eggplants and stir fry to cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

4. Add in the marinade and mix well, simmering for about 2 minutes.

5. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook until thickened and eggplants are tender. Garnish with green onions and serve over rice. Enjoy!

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  1. This looks sooooo yummy! I like spicy food as well, especially spicy thai food.

  2. sooo delicious! i actually attempted to make a version of this for andy's family. wasn't a disaster, but definitely didn't look nearly as pretty as your version!

  3. i make a different version of this, but i'll have to try this much spicier version! patricia

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