This Chinese INSPIRED recipe is based on a Chinese Recipe vegetable recipe where all the vegetables are fried separately and then combined quickly in a stir fry. I tried this similar dish at Miu’s Cuisine that used to be in business in Tempe AZ. On Miu’s menu the dish was named #102 Triple Delicacy. All these years latter I keep remembering how delicious the combination of potatoes, eggplants and green bell peppers are. I do fry eggplants sometimes but I know that eggplants can absorb a great amount of oil so I opted to roast all the vegetables till I got them brown like fried. I then made the sauce and tossed them all together. The potatoes and bell pepper brown up very easy but the eggplant is a lot of work and would have been easier and much quicker to just fry. If you have a few hours you might want to give this recipe a try. After I whipped up this dish my husband ran into the kitchen and said the house smells like a Chinese Restaurant. What I came up with isn’t Miu’s but it’s not oily and does taste great!
Ingredients for about 4 servings
2 medium sized eggplants (I used regular eggplants) – peeled and cut into stir fry size pieces.
1 1/2 cups water
2 green bell peppers – core and stem removed – rough cut to bite size pieces
3 potatoes (I used 3 very large red potatoes) sliced about 1/4 in. thick big pieces cut in half
fresh ground sea salt ( a light sprinkle)
fresh ground black pepper ( a light sprinkle)
neutral non stick spray I used canola
2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seed oil
1 inch ginger – grated
4 garlic cloves – ground to paste
1 teaspoon asian chili sauce
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 Tablespoon corn starch
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tablespoons black vinegar
2 heads black garlic – peeled – cloves chopped.
1/2 cup scallions – chopped
set oven to 400 degrees F
Spray baking sheets with non stick spray.
The sheet with eggplant needs to be covered and water needs to be added to the pan about 1/2 way up the eggplant. This pan needs to be cooked covered for about an hour before it’s browned.
Put the eggplant, green pepper and potato sheet pans in the middle and lower racks of oven.
Check oven in 30 minutes. Green peppers are either done or close to done. Potatoes might need to be turned over to brown on other side for at least 15 minutes or so.
Take the potatoes and green peppers out when they look like this and give them a light hit of salt and pepper.
After an hour remove the cover on the eggplant and it should have brown water in the pan. The water is bitter and you need to dispose.
Now place the eggplant on the top rack and get it to brown slightly.
Flip them over and brown the other side.
Cover the vegetables and leave in a 200 degree oven till needed.
With a large fry pan on medium heat. In a small bowl combine 1 1/2 cups water and the corn starch. Mix well and put to the side. To the fry pan add the sesame oil. Once hot add ginger and garlic. then add chili sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar, black vinegar now mix the cornstarch water and add to pan stirring. The sauce should thicken slightly and smell very aromatic. Turn down heat to low and add black garlic. Stir well leave on low heat a few minutes. Stir in the the vegetables. Add scallions and serve.