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Lao Guo La with Pork and Eggplant Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 lb ground pork
- 2 medium-sized eggplants, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp ginger, minced
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste

Special equipment needed:
- Wok or large skillet

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat.
2. Add the minced garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
3. Add the ground pork and stir-fry until browned and cooked through.
4. Add the eggplant and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened.
5. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and water.
6. Pour the sauce over the pork and eggplant and stir to combine.
7. Cover the wok or skillet and simmer for 5-7 minutes until the eggplant is fully cooked and tender.
8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
9. Garnish with sliced green onions and serve hot with steamed rice.


- Time:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
- Cooking time: 20 minutes
5. Temperature:
- High heat
Serving size:
- 4 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories per serving: 315
- Fat: 20g
- Carbohydrates: 12g
- Protein: 22g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Ground chicken or beef can be used instead of pork.
- Tamari or coconut aminos can be used instead of soy sauce.
- Hoisin sauce can be used instead of oyster sauce.
- Brown sugar or honey can be used instead of sugar.

Variations:
- Add sliced bell peppers or onions for extra flavor and texture.
- Use tofu instead of pork for a vegetarian version.
- Add chili flakes or hot sauce for a spicy kick.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to cut the eggplant into bite-sized pieces to ensure even cooking.
- Don't overcook the pork to prevent it from becoming tough and dry.
- Use a non-stick wok or skillet to prevent sticking and burning.

Storage instructions:
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve in a large bowl or platter with steamed rice on the side.
- Garnish with extra sliced green onions or cilantro.

Garnishes:
- Sliced green onions or cilantro.

Pairings:
- Steamed rice or noodles.
- Stir-fried vegetables.

Suggested side dishes:
- Steamed bok choy or broccoli.
- Chinese-style dumplings.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the eggplant is not fully cooked, add a splash of water and continue to simmer until tender.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to cook the pork to an internal temperature of 160°F to ensure it is fully cooked.

Food history:
- Lao Guo La is a popular Chinese dish that originated in the Sichuan province.

Flavor profiles:
- Savory, slightly sweet, and umami.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve hot with steamed rice and garnish with sliced green onions or cilantro.

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Region: Chinese

Taste: Spicy, Savory, Tangy, Umami, Aromatic