Fish-fragrant aubergine

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 large Aubergine or 2 small ones
1 teaspoon Salt
2 \N Red chillies; dried
\N \N Sunflower or vegetable oil for deep
\N \N ; frying
3 \N Spring onions; sliced
2 \N Cloves garlic; peeled and finely
\N \N ; chopped
1 \N 3 cm piece fresh ginger; peeled and finely
\N \N ; chopped
1 tablespoon Soy sauce
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 large Pinch of freshly ground Sichuan or black
\N \N ; pepper
1 tablespoon Rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Sesame oil

Cut the aubergine into slices about 2.5cm thick. Cut each slice into diamond shaped chunks. Spread out in a colander and sprinkle with a teaspoon of salt. Leave to drain for 30 minutes. Rinse under the cold tap, drain and pat dry on kitchen paper. Soak the chillies in warm water for 15 minutes, then cut each one into 3 pieces, discarding the seeds.

Heat enough oil in a wok to deep fry the aubergine chunks. When it's just smoking add the aubergine and deep fry for 3-4 minutes until golden brown.

Scoop out and drain on kitchen paper. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the oil. Re-heat and add the chilli, spring onions, garlic and ginger. Stir fry for 30 seconds. Add the aubergine and toss. Now add all the remaining ingredients except the sesame oil. Stir fry for a further 1-2 minutes. Stir in the sesame oil and serve.

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