RECIPE OF THE MONTH

(Braised Egg­plant)

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De­li­cious and veg­e­tar­ian-friendly (if you use soy sauce in­stead of fish sauce) egg­plant in clay­pot

Egg­plant can get a bad rap. Some peo­ple find it mushy while oth­ers may find it stringy or even taste­less. But if it's pre­pared well, egg­plant can be an ex­tremely sat­is­fy­ing meat sub­sti­tute and, when joined with steamed rice, a few toma­toes and fresh herbs, the per­fect sum­mer meal.

Gar­nish with scal­lions and pep­per. Clay pot egg­plant is of­ten served as an ap­pe­tizer or as a veg­e­tar­ian main dish. You can re­place the soy

sauce with fish sauce if you like.

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6 Put the egg­plant into the clay pot, cover, re­duce heat to medi­um­low and sim­mer for 20’ un­til soft.

5 Add the egg­plant, salt, oys­ter sauce, soy sauce, sugar, pep­per, and sea­son­ing. Gen­tly stir-fry for 10’.

4 Add sliced shal­lots and gar­lic, stir un­til the mix­ture is caramelized.

3 Cook the sugar un­til it caramelizes, add cook­ing oil.

1 Cut egg­plant up into 5cm-long pieces. Wash in salted wa­ter.

2 Pre­heat non-stick pan, add sugar.

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