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Everyone's Favorite Mapo Eggplant

Everyone's Favorite Mapo Eggplant

This is also my family's staple dish.
This dish is almost the same as my mapo tofu recipe, but I uploaded more pictures and made this recipe easy to follow.
This recipe is easy and foolproof! Give it a try.

Ingredients: 2-3 servings

Eggplants (slim Japanese type)
about 5 (small)
Ground meat (beef, pork or a mix)
about 200 g
Doubanjiang
1 tablespoon plus
Garlic
about 2 cloves
Ginger
about the same amount as the garlic
Japanese leeks
1-2 stalks
Vegetable oil
as needed
Sesame oil
to taste
Katakuriko
about 2 tablespoons
Sansho pepper or Sichuan pepper
to taste
Mixed Seasoning Ingredients:
Tianmianjiang - Chinese sweet bean paste
3 tablespoons (increase the amount to your liking)
Soy sauce
2 tablespoons
Japanese sake
about 1/2 cup - 100 ml
Chinese soup stock (using 1 1/2 tablespoons of chicken soup stock granules)
about 1 cup or 200 ml
Sugar
about 2 teaspoons

Steps

1. Make the ★ mixed seasoning ingredients. (Just combine them together.)
2. Roughly chop the eggplants into pieces, and stir-fry in sesame oil, then transfer to a plate.
3. Mince the garlic, ginger, and Japanese leek (1/2 stalk), and briefly stir-fry in a generous amount of oil.
4. Add the doubanjiang and continue stir-frying (Very thoroughly!). If you don't have enough oil, add more.
5. Add ground meat and continue stir-frying.
6. Add all the mixed flavouring ingredients at once and bring to a boil.
7. Add stir-fried eggplants and simmer for 2-3 minutes while stirring occasionally.
8. Add sesame oil, and remaining chopped Japanese leeks, and briefly stir.
9. Turn off the heat, and thicken the sauce with katakuriko dissolved in water.
10. Serve onto a plate and it's done! Sprinkle sansho pepper or sichuan pepper to your liking.
11. Please try my original Mapo Tofu recipe! (Recipe ID: 357426)

Story Behind this Recipe

I created this recipe to make a variation of mapo tofu. This is a very popular dish at our house. This recipe is great for people who like eggplant better than tofu! Please check out my popular mapo tofu recipe as well!!