Hot Garlic Eggplant

Course : Eggplant
Serves: 4
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1/3 pound ground pork
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons heavy soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 pounds oriental eggplant -- trimmed
3 tablespoons peanut oil
10 cloves garlic -- minced
1 large yellow onion -- cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 tablespoon chili paste w/garlic
1/2 teaspoon ginger -- minced fine
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 can chicken stock
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon heavy soy sauce

Preparation / Directions:

Mix the pork and the first measure of soy sauce in a bowl. Set aside. Quarter each unpeeled oriental eggplant lengthwise. Place the strips together and cut crosswise into 1/2" pieces. NOTE: If using a Globe eggplant, peel and cut into 1/2" squares. Transfer to a medium bowl. Blend in the onion. Combine the sherry with the oyster sauce, the second measure of soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar in another small bowl. Set aside. Heat the wok until it is very hot. Pour in the peanut oil. Add the garlic, chili paste and ginger. Cook several seconds - do not allow to brown. Add the pork mixture. Stir fry, pressing the pork against the sides of the wok until the meat loses its raw color. Add the eggplant mixture. Stir in the sauce, adding more sherry if needed to make the liquid cover about half of the stir fry mixture. Cover. Cook over high heat until the eggplant softens and is no longer raw tasting (about 3 minutes for oriental eggplant, 5 minutes for Globe eggplant). Add sherry or chicken stock as required if the wok dries out during this time. Continue cooking, uncovered, until most of the sauce has evaporated. Adjust seasonings. Serve at once.

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