Chop, slice and prepare vegetables. Soak the roughly chopped eggplant for 20 minutes. Makes 4 servings.
Boil the rice noodles for 10 minutes or until fully cooked. Drain and set aside.
Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan. Sauté eggplant for 15 minutes.
While the eggplant is cooking there is time to make the sauce. Combine the sesame paste, chili paste and soy sauce in a bowl.
Add the juice of 1.5 limes to the sauce.
Grind the Sichuan peppercorns and add them to the sauce.
Blend sauce ingredients together.
After the eggplant is cooked, add the tomatoes and chili peppers. Cook until the tomatoes break down and begin to form a sauce, about 8 minutes.
Add the ginger and garlic.
Add the chili sesame sauce to the wok/pan.
Mix the noodles and kale with the sauce.
Place the noodles into 4 bowls and garnish with cilantro, scallion and lime wedges.
Don't forget the beer.