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)
How to Make It
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.
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.
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.
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.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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I skipped the skewers because pounding out the pork takes forever and it's just as easy to lay the pounded strips right on the grill. I also used a little less sriracha than it called for because my wife is sensitive to spiciness. It's very easy to overcook the pork so be careful with that. The eggplant is harder to mess up and turns out delicious. I tossed my scored eggplant with some of the sauce in a freezer bag to coat it more efficiently without wasting so much sauce. I also tripled the sauce recipe and took the leftover and brought it to a quick simmer in a pan to thicken it up and use for dipping/drizzling. It brings out the flavor of the minced garlic a bit. If I had one complaint about the dish it's that it's quite salty, but that could be a result of the specific brands of fish sauce, oyster sauce, and soy sauce that were used. I served it with rice and a cucumber / rice vinegar salad.