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Caramelized Pork Kebabs with Chinese Eggplant

Serves 4

Prep Time
40 mins

Caramelized Pork Kebabs with Chinese Eggplant

Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Randy Mon
 1 pork tenderloin (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lbs.)
 2 tablespoons Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce (nam pla or nuoc mam)
 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
 2 tablespoons minced garlic
 3 tablespoons sugar
 1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
 3 Chinese or Japanese eggplants (about 1/2 lb. each)
Step 1

Trim pork of fat and silverskin and cut crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Arrange slices between layers of plastic wrap and, with a meat mallet or heavy rolling pin, pound until paper thin.

Step 2

Prepare grill for direct high heat (about 500°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 3 seconds). In a bowl, mix fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, sugar, and chili sauce. (If you like, double the marinade and save half to use as a sauce.) Add pork and toss to coat. Let stand 10 minutes. Weave strips of meat onto eight 10-in. metal or soaked wooden skewers.

Step 3

Halve each eggplant crosswise, then lengthwise; score each piece on flesh side a few times with a sharp knife. Add eggplant to pork marinade and turn to coat on all sides.

Step 4

Put skewers on center of grill and surround with pieces of eggplant, skin side down. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Turn meat over, cover, and cook 2 minutes more. Remove meat from grill. Cook eggplant, covered, turning often, 4 to 6 minutes, or until eggplant is very soft but not burned.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 301Calories from Fat 21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g11%

Saturated Fat 2.5g13%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 1363mg57%
Total Carbohydrate 22g8%

Dietary Fiber 3.6g15%
Protein 37g74%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.