Braised eggplant with minced pork

Braised eggplant with minced pork

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Very tasty and beautiful dish from eggplant. The eggplant itself not very tasty but after braising with pork, it has great harmony taste of meat, vegetable and garlic. This dish is very good to serve with rice, especially for vegetarian.

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 2: Large eggplant, weighing about 400 g
  • 125 g: lean pork, finely minced
  • 1 cm: Galangal, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons: Nuoc cham sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon: Pepper
  • 1 clove: Garlic, crushed and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon: Oil
  • 4 sprigs: Coriander (cilantro) leaves, to garnish

Directions :

  • Prick the eggplant several times with a fork.
  • Grill or bake in a preheated oven, 190oC (375oF), Gas Mark 5, for about 35 minutes for large ones and 25 minutes for small ones or until they are soft. You do not want to let the skin burn.
  • Allow them to cool, then peel them and cut in half lengthways.
  • While the eggplant are cooking and cooling, mix the minced pork in a bowl with the galangal, nuoc cham sauce, pepper and garlic. Leave to stand for 35 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a wok over a high heat. Quickly stir fry the minced pork and all its marinate. Divide the minced meat into 4 portions.
  • Arrange the eggplant on 4 individual plates and top with the mince.
  • Garnish with coriander sprigs and serve with light soy sauce and nuoc cham sauce to taste.

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Born in Hai Phong but growing up in Hanoi, Yang have a lovely childhood and great life experiences in these two best cities for cuisine and street food in the North of Vietnam. With 20 years working in travel industry, he had the chances to travel to most of the destinations in Vietnam. He loves travelling, taking photograph and also Vietnam culinary. Yang is also the good cook for his family. He said ” Whenever I came to any new place, I always want to visit the local market and trying the local street food, as they can reflect very well the local cuisine as well as culture of the place”.