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Honey-Stewed Eggplant with Sriracha and Parsley

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I found the honey underneath big jars of “tea” with flavors like Honey Citrus, Honey Pear Quince, and I suspect Yuzu. These all sound so delicious and I will buy them soon when I have enough money. But I didn’t have enough money today, barely $10 to get honey and a snack for my students. Last week they blockaded me, paper cup of coffee in hand, demanding hot chocolate. I didn’t know how to sneak five cups of hot chocolate from the fourth floor to the second so instead I bought two very small containers of caramel corn for about a dollar, and they were overjoyed.

Honey and eggplant, wow. From Mark Bittman’s recipe and The Traveler’s Lunchbag I knew that I was lacking breadcrumbs, lemon, cilantro, cumin, and cayenne. So after browning four eggplants’ worth of half-moons I threw in some tangerine juice, sriracha, salt, mint, and parsley. Later I glopped some honey down— too much— and filled the pan with water. Forgot the garlic and ginger, and could have used much less honey. For some reason I was very tempted to use milk… as in milk and honey… but I didn’t. After I finished I peeled a banana and used it to clean up all the extra honey sauce on my plate.

I ate another delicious thing today. It involved a pork chop, breaded with truly massive shards of bread that gave the appearance of sharkskin. Koreans are good at frying food I think. But the pork chop was only on the side! The main thing was a bamboo tray with two balls of tightly wound buckwheat noodles. I held chopsticks in my right hand and scissors in the left, and my book with my elbow. I am reading Kingsley Amis’ “Everyday Drinking”, which is very funny because in Korea his standards are unattainable. Each little clump of noodles, cleanly snipped away from the mass, gets dipped into a broth smelling of soy sauce. Except it’s not a hot broth, it’s an ICY broth, with actual chunks of shaved ice. There were some other things on the side, like green onions and horseradish and sesame seeds ground at the table with a mortar and pestle, but I didn’t need them today.

Written by clace

September 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Posted in Dining Out, Eggplant