Red-Cooked Eggplant (Hongshao Qiezi)

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READY IN: 1hr 5mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Submerge eggplant in a bowl filled with ice water for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a 14" flat-bottomed wok over medium-high heat.
  • Drain eggplant, dry thoroughly with paper towels, and add all to the oil. Cook until just soft and golden, about 3 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggplant to a bowl, cover with boiling water, and let sit for 3 minutes. Drain; dry with paper towels.
  • Discard all but ¼ cup oil in wok; return to medium heat.
  • Add sugar; stir until sugar dissolves and mixture looks like separated peanut butter.
  • Add 1 tablespoons chili paste, tomato paste, bay leaf, and anchovy; cook for 1 minute.
  • Add sachet of spices, stock, 1 teaspoons peppercorns, dark soy sauce, fennel seeds, and chiles; boil.
  • Cook until reduced by half, about 15 minutes; discard bouquet garni.
  • Add remaining chili paste, wine, fish sauce, and garlic; cook for 1 minute.
  • Add eggplant; fold into sauce.
  • Transfer to a plate; garnish with remaining peppercorns, dill, chives, and chili oil.
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