Sichuan Eggplant

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I prefer to use the long Japanese eggplants in many dishes. They do not need to be salted beforehand, and they cook quickly. This dark, sensuous dish makes a sensational accompaniment for simply prepared fish or chicken. Sichuan peppercorns are a fragrant, flowery-tasting Asian spice available at Asian markets, but if you don't have them, just omit.

Serves 4


  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp hot Asian chili sauce
  • ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup sake
  • 2 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns, optional
  • 3 Japanese eggplants
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp chives or garlic chives


Combine soy sauce, hoisin, chili sauce, vinegar, sake, garlic and peppercorns in a bowl.

Cut each eggplant in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 4 pieces.

Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add oil and heat. Add eggplants, red pepper and onion and stir-fry for 5 minutes.
Cover wok, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes, or until eggplant is soft.

Add soy sauce mixture, increase heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 6 minutes or until sauce is syrupy, stirring occasionally. Garnish with chives.