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Eggplant and Pork Wraps

Eggplant and Pork Wraps

Pork belly and deep fried eggplant wrapped together? You'll want to eat lots of rice with this.

Ingredients: 1-2 servings

Eggplant - small Japanese type
1
Pork belly (thinly sliced)
4 slices
Salt, pepper and flour
as needed
Ponzu
1 tablespoon
Soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon
Lemon juice
a small amount

Steps

1. Remove the stem end from the eggplant, cut lengthwise into four pieces and soak in a bowl of water. Once the bitterness of the eggplant has leeched out, drain the eggplant, season with salt and pepper and coat with flour.
2. Wrap the pork slices around the eggplant diagonally, season with salt and pepper and coat with flour. Put on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 3 minutes.
3. Heat a pan and add the eggplant and pork pieces, without adding oil. Cook until the meat has changed color and they're nicely grilled. Mix the ponzu and soy sauce together to make the dipping sauce.
4. Transfer to a serving plate and enjoy with the sauce and lemon juice.

Story Behind this Recipe

I came up with this easy side dish recipe using things I already had in the refrigerator that still didn't look like I was cutting corners.