Aubergine With Pork And Prawns - Makhua Phao Song Kruang

Course : Seafoods
Serves: 6
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4 large aubergines -- (eggplants)
5 ounces pork -- minced or ground
7 ounces prawns -- (shrimp), shelled
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 small shallots -- chopped
1 tablespoon oil
4 cloves garlic -- crushed
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon fish sauce -- (nam pla)
2 tablespoons fermented soy beans
1 teaspoon sugar
1 medium red bell pepper

Preparation / Directions:

Cook the aubergines whole in a hot oven (230FC/450F/Gas Mark 8) or barbecue them directly over strong heat until the skins are burnt. Toss the aubergines into cold water then peel and cut them into large pieces. Place the pieces in a serving dish. Mix the pork and prawns together. Add pepper to taste and put aside. Sauté the shallots in the oil, Remove the shallots and drain them, using the oil remaining in the pan to sauté the garlic. When the garlic is golden brown, add the pork and prawn mixture and sauté for a few minutes over medium heat. Add the vinegar, fish sauce, soy beans and sugar and mix in well; cover and cook for a few minutes. Top the aubergine pieces with the pork and prawn mixture, and sprinkle with the sugar. From "Discover Thai Cooking" by Chaslin, Canungmai and Tettoni, Times Editions, Singapore. 1987

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