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Fish-fragrant eggplant (Yu xiang qie zi)


Probably as famous as ma po doufu, this is a favourite among homesick Sichuan folk the world over. There's no fish in the dish - it's flavouring is named for the seasonings used in traditional fish cookery. Dainty Sichuan's South Yarra version offers crunchy eggplant, while its city-store version is the buttery traditional one you see here.

You'll need

75 ml Chinkiang black vinegar 30 gm caster sugar For deep-frying: vegetable oil 600 gm eggplant (about 2), cut into finger-sized pieces 8-10 long red pickled chillies, finely chopped (see note) 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3 tsp finely grated ginger 100 ml chicken stock 100 ml Shaoxing wine 1 tbsp potato flour 4 spring onions, thinly sliced, to serve

Method

  • 01
  • Combine vinegar and sugar in a bowl and set aside.
  • 02
  • Heat oil to 180C in a wok over medium-high heat. Add eggplant in batches and deep-fry until golden and just tender (3-4 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit), then drain well on absorbent paper.
  • 03
  • Carefully ladle oil into a heatproof container (cool, then discard), leaving 2 tbsp oil in wok. Add pickled chilli, garlic and ginger to wok, and stir-fry until fragrant (30 seconds). Add eggplant, stock, Shaoxing wine and vinegar mixture, season to taste with salt, reduce heat to medium and simmer until liquid is absorbed (6-8 minutes). Mix potato flour with 2 tbsp cold water to combine, add to eggplant mixture and stir to thicken (1 minute), then serve hot scattered with spring onion.

Note Pickled chillies are available from Chinese grocers.


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  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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