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Lamb & Shiitake Stir-Fry


1 pound boneless leg of lamb
2 tablespoons cornstarch
For sauce
3/4 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
3/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

1/2 pound eggplant (about 1 small)
3 celery ribs
3 garlic cloves
1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms
1/2 pound small white mushrooms
1 bunch watercress
4 tablespoons peanut oil

Accompaniment: Cooked Rice


Freeze lamb, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, 30 minutes, to facilitate slicing. Trim lamb well and cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Halve lamb slices crosswise. In a large bowl toss lamb with cornstarch until coated well and season with salt and pepper.
Make sauce:
In a bowl stir together sauce ingredients until combined well.

Cut eggplant into 1-inch cubes. Diagonally cut celery into 1/4-inch-thick slices and mince garlic. Discard stems from shiitakes and halve caps (quarter if large). Halve white mushrooms lengthwise. Discard tough stems from watercress.

Heat a wok or large heavy skillet over high heat until a bead of water dropped on cooking surface evaporates immediately. Add 2 tablespoons oil, swirling wok or skillet to coat evenly, and heat until hot but not smoking. Add eggplant and stir-fry until golden and tender, about 4 minutes. Add celery and stir-fry until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms and stir-fry until mushrooms are tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.

Add 1 tablespoon oil to wok or skillet and heat until just smoking. Stir-fry half of lamb, separating slices, until browned and transfer to bowl. Add remaining tablespoon oil and stir-fry remaining lamb in same manner, transferring to bowl.

Add sauce to wok or skillet and bring to a boil, stirring. Return lamb-vegetable mixture to wok or skillet and stir-fry until combined and heated through. Stir in watercress and season stir-fry with salt and pepper.

Serve stir-fry over rice.

Serves 4.