Urumqi Lamb or Japanese Eggplant Skewers
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You won't find a lot of cumin in Chinese cuisine, at least not in the regional varieties available to us here. But cumin is a staple of Northwest China, where it's a part of the traditional cuisine for the Muslim migrant population. It's classically paired with lamb, creating a savory and addictive flavor combination. Hence the inspiration for our Urumqi Rub. The flavors also work excellently with smoky eggplant.
Mix Urumqi, soy sauce, water, tahini and fish sauce in small bowl.
Brush on lamb or eggplant and marinate for 2 hours.
Prepare the grill or preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Grill or roast in the oven, turning one or two times. Cook to your taste, 10-20 minutes.