Umami Recipes
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Braised Eggplant with Soy, Garlic, and Ginger




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1½ cups water

¼ cup Chinese rice wine or dry sherry

2 tablespoons soy sauce

4 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons Asian broad bean chili paste

1 teaspoon cornstarch

2 (8- to 10-ounce) globe or Italian eggplants

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil

2 scallions, sliced thin on bias


1. Whisk water, rice wine, soy sauce, sugar, chili paste, and cornstarch in medium bowl until sugar is dissolved. Trim 1½ inch from top and bottom of 1 eggplant. Halve eggplant cross-wise. Cut each half lengthwise into 2 pieces. Cut each piece into 3-inch-thick wedges. Repeat with remaining eggplant.

2. Heat vegetable oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over

medium heat until shimmering. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Spread eggplant evenly in skillet (pieces will not form single

layer). Pour rice wine mixture over eggplant. Increase heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce heat to maintain gentle boil.

Cover and cook until eggplant is soft and has decreased in volume enough to form single layer on bottom of skillet, about 15 minutes, gently shaking skillet to settle eggplant halfway through cooking (some pieces will remain opaque).

3. Uncover and continue to cook, swirling skillet occasionally, until liquid is thickened and reduced to just a few tablespoons, 12 to 14 minutes longer. Transfer to platter, drizzle with sesame oil, sprinkle with scallions, and serve.




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