To maximize Chinese eggplant's texture and flavor, F&W's Kay Chun steams thin slices, then tosses them with soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, basil and just a little bit of oil.
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4 ounces glass noodles
3 Chinese eggplants (1 pound), thinly sliced crosswise
1 Kirby cucumber, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
Freshly ground pepper
How to Make It
In a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook the noodles until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water until cool, then drain well. Transfer to bowls.
In a steamer basket set over a pot of boiling water, steam the eggplants until tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add the cucumber, oil, ginger, basil, soy sauce and vinegar; season with salt and pepper and toss. Serve over the noodles.
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