In this video, I want to show you how to cook a Chinese, vegetarian dish with eggplant. The eggplant is crispy outside and soft inside, not oily even though it is deep-fried, and retain the purple hue after cooking.
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يحتوي هذا الفيديو على موضوعات باللغة الإنجليزية والعربية والصينية والفرنسية والبرتغالية والإسباني.
The ingredients used are available in most of the Asian kitchen pantry and can be done within thirty minutes. I have added Szechuan peppercorn which may not be available in certain places, but that is optional.
There are three fundamental techniques in this recipe:
1. Add salt to the eggplant so that it will absorb less oil during deep-frying
2. Add vinegar to the eggplant to preserve the purple hue of its appearance.
3. Mix the gravy with the crispy eggplant in the wok, not more than ten seconds. If you stir-fry the eggplant, the gravy will soften the crispy eggplant. More importantly, serve immediately.
Let’s get started.
(Full explanation at https://tasteasianfood.com/chinese-eggplant-recipe/
For the eggplants (A) :
450g Chinese eggplants
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white vinegar
60g potato starch
1 egg white
Aromatics and spices (B) :
5 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 stalk scallion, cut into 1-inch sections
15g (1/2 oz) ginger, coarsely chopped
1 tsp Szechuan peppercorns, ground
2 dry chilies, cut into 1/2 inch sections, remove the seeds
For the sauce (C) :
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp mushroom sauce (a.k.a. vegetarian oyster sauce)
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp potato starch
– Cut the eggplants into 1.5 inches long pieces. Mix the salt and vinegar with the eggplant and let it sits for 15 minutes. Drain and dry thoroughly with a kitchen towel.
– Coat the eggplants with eggwhite, followed by the potato starch.
– Deep-fry the eggplants with oil in moderate heat until the flesh starts to turn color. Remove and drain on a kitchen towel.
– Saute the ingredients in B with some oil over low to medium heat until aromatic.
– Mix all the ingredients in C to constitute the sauce. Add the sauce to the wok.
– Return the fried eggplants to the wok. Flash fry for 10 seconds over high heat.
– Dish out and serve immediately.