My beginner’s luck had to run out sometime, and the second half of my eggplant was not destined to be as successful as the first. The overall outcome of this meal was just “okay.”
Correction: the eggplant turned out okay, but the general disposition of the dish as a whole was not as expected. Anyway, I made sweet and sour eggplant! and chicken. It was looking a little weak so I added chicken. And half a can of pineapple. Which was the best addition in my opinion.
I think the sauce is where I went wrong. I would be willing to try again and add MUCH more sugar to the sauce. I was following a recipe though, and since I’d never tried making such a concoction before I didn’t deviate from it. My old roommate said something once about using ketchup to make a sweet and sour sauce? Maybe I’ll give that a try next time!
Also someday I hope to own a rice cooker. A real one. A Japanese brand.