Spicy Eggplant with Minced Meat
minced pork or chicken
medium size eggplant
cut into 2 inches length
light soy sauce
spicy bean paste
Chinese 5 spice powder
Kicap Manis / Sweet soy sauce
Take about 1 tbsp to marinade the meat.
Mix chicken stock into the rest of the sauce mixture.
On med high heat, pour sesame oil and fry onions until soft.
Add minced meat and stir-fry, breaking them into smaller pieces.
When meat is staring to brown, add in garlic. Stir-fry for 30 secs.
Add eggplant, and spread it out.
Cover with lid and let it steam for 2 minutes or so.
Steaming cooks the eggplant and helps retain its colour.
Open lid, pour in sauce, cover and bring to boil.
Allow sauce to reduce a little.
Stir in corn starch slurry to thicken sauce.
Turn off heat, and stir in chopped green onion.
Feeling adventurous? Add some dried salted fish in the mix for that added umami!