The garden is doing really well.
The tomato plants have to be at least 5-and-a-half feet tall, and they are still growing
We have been
I have made this for dinner before. I think that it is a pretty quick and easy meal.
You will need:
Take 3/4 of a cup of rice (white or brown) and cook it, then set it aside.
Mix 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon of the fish sauce, and 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce…and then set it aside.
Peel and dice the eggplant. You will need to “sweat” it for about 20 minutes. This draws out some of the water and makes it easier to stir-fry. I do this by putting the diced eggplant in a colander, and then the colander in a large mixing bowl. Then generously cover the eggplant in kosher salt. Then… set it aside. For 20 minutes.
Dice the chicken. You want smallish pieces.
Peel a couple of cloves of garlic. I like to use 4-5. Peel some ginger root. Toss both in a blender and chop them up together. Or you can just get the little jars of diced garlic and diced ginger at the store and use a tablespoon of each. Either way works.
Take a wok, and heat it on the stove. When it sizzles when you flick some drops of water in it, its ready. Add 2 tablespoons of peanut oil, and let the oil heat.
Add the ginger and garlic, and stir fry them until the garlic starts to brown. Watch out for oil spatter! For some reason, minced ginger really really gets the hot oil going.
Add the chicken and stir fry it until it is browned and cooked through. You don’t have to stir it constantly… you want the chicken to get that caramelized look. You will know the chicken is done when you can easily split one of the chicken pieces with the spatula.
When the chicken is done, remove it and… set it aside. (There is a lot of “setting it aside” in this recipe.)
The eggplant should be all sweated now, so take the colander out of the mixing bowl, shake off some of the excess salt, and add it to the wok. Add more peanut oil if needed. Stir fry the eggplant until is is browned all over and almost done. (Almost done = mostly, but not quite all of the way, soft.)
At that point, re-add the chicken, and stir in the fish sauce, soy sauce, and sugar. Mix it all up.
Add 1/4 cup water, turn the heat down to medium, cover the wok, and steam it for 15 minutes. You will know it is done when the eggplant is soft all of the way through.
Stir in the rice.