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GULE A MAKI-GATA

-1 eggplant, halved and diagonally sliced into 1/2" pcs.
-1/2 lb. green beans diagonally cut in two
-1/2 lb. small shrimps, shelled
-1 cup thick coconut milk
-1 tbsp. ginger root strips
-1 small onion, sliced thinly
-1 tbsp. cooking oil
-1 clove garlic, minced
-2 tbsp. salted shrimp fry (bagoong or baguk)
-1 hot banana pepper (optional)

Saute garlic, ginger and onion in hot oil. Add eggplants and green beans and cook stirring for about 2 minutes. Add the salted shrimp fry (bagoong) and 1/2 cup thick coconut milk (1/4 cup thick milk diluted with 1/4 cup water). Stir to combine, cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until vegetables are done. Add hot pepper, shrimps and the rest of the coconut milk, simmer 2 more minutes, correct seasoning with more salted shrimp fry (bagoong) or patis. Serve hot.

—Recipe of the day courtesy of Lolo Kitong Recipe Collection