Hot & sour aubergine
This Chinese favourite is made vegetarian with velvety-soft aubergines and given a pleasingly sharp tang with black vinegar
- Prep:10 mins
- Serves 2
Nutrition per serving
- kcal 301
- fat 12g
- saturates 2g
- carbs 34g
- sugars 28g
- fibre 13g
- protein 6g
- salt 2.8g
- 1 large aubergine, or 2 medium, cut into long batons
- 100g green beans, trimmed and halved
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, cut into thick half-moons
- 1 red chilli, halved, deseeded and thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 2 tbsp Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
- 1 tsp cornflour dissolved in 2 tbsp water
- cooked rice, to serve
Put the aubergine in a bowl of lightly salted water and stand for 30 mins to soften. Drain and pat dry. Blanch the green beans in boiling water for 1 min then drain, rinse in cold water and drain again.
To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. When hot, cook the aubergine pieces until nicely browned on all sides – don’t turn them too early, let them get a nice colour first. When they start to brown, add the onion and chilli, and keep stir-frying for 4 mins or until soft.
Add the sauce and green beans, cover with a lid, lower the heat and simmer for 2 mins or until the aubergine is soft. Serve with rice.