Q: Would you be able to give me some recipes on vegetables and fruits that will stimulate my taste buds and introduce me to a new combination of taste?
A: take a look at our blog out for some interesting recipe ideas for doing various vegetarian dishes, i have also included a recipe that we had in our individual this week and it was a firm favourite, Once you find a veg dish you like start experimenting with it – try different vegetables, try a mix of vegetables. What will also work well is find a good thai curry recipe and instead of using chicken replace it with a mix of your favourite Vegetables.
This dish is extremely versatile and the cooking technique can be used for any seasonal vegetables. For a more complex dish, add a bit of green and red capsicum and sliced onion. The dish can be served hot or cold.
500g eggplant, preferably long thin ones
3 cups oil for deep frying
3 cloves garlic, minced
2cm young ginger, minced
6 spring onions, sliced to 1cm
1T chilli oil
¼ cup hot bean paste
2T light soy sauce
2T dark soy sauce
2T Chinese rice wine
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
¼ cup crushed yellow rock sugar
½t Szechuan peppercorns, roasted and ground
- Top and tail the eggplants and cut in half lengthwise (if using more bulbous eggplants, cut in quarters or eighths lengthwise).
- Heat the oil in a wok until just smoking, and fry the eggplants in batches until golden. Draining on paper towel, once cooked.
- Drain most of the oil, keeping back about a ¼ cup. Heat the oil again until smoking, add the garlic, ginger, spring onions and chilli oil and fry until fragrant.
- Add the bean paste, soy sauces, rice wine, vinegar and sugar. Bring to the boil and boil for two minutes.
- Add the eggplant and cook for a further 2 minutes, mashing slightly so that they absorb the flavours of the sauce.
- Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with the ground peppercorns.
Serves 4 to 6
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