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Eggplant with minced meat in mildly spiced sauce

This is what we called in Chinese as 鱼香茄子。However my version is only mildly spicy as one of my child has lower tolerance for spicy food. Nevertheless, it is still very tasty and just perfect with a bowl of piping hot rice. My niece who is an exchange student and have been staying with me since the circuit breaker loves this dish so much. The fact that she doesn’t like eggplant, she requested me to cook it again where I happily granted her wish. I told her that I will blog this one so she can cook it when she gets back to her home country :). This is the main reason of my blogging, that is to share my recipe to the people I love and to other food lovers like me. With my blogging, my children can easily follow and whip up the dish themselves with only minimal supervision from me. There are instances that I would find it too troublesome to blog, needing to measure every single thing when most of the time I would just put in ingredients based on estimation. However, if I get acknowledgement from people that they have tried the recipe and appreciate my sharing, that keeps me going. Anyway here is the recipe, enjoy 🙂

Ingredients

  • 600g sliced eggplant (logged shape, refer to picture below)
  • 300g minced meat
  • 20g minced shallot
  • 15g minced garlic
  • 1 chopped long red chili (with seeds)
  • 4 pcs chopped birds eye chili ( small red chili)

Garnish

  • 1 stalk of chopped spring onion (only the green part)

Sauce /gravy

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2.5 tbs light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp potato starch

Note : feel free to add more chilis if you like it more spicy.

Method

  • Mix all the sauce in a bowl and set it aside
  • In a heated wok at medium high heat, drizzle enough oil to deep fry the eggplant. Ensure that the oil is hot enough before putting in the eggplant. Test the oil by the using a wooden chopsticks. Bubbles around your chopsticks signifies that the oil is ready. Fry the eggplant in 2 batches. Fry until the eggplant softens. Strain the eggplant (see note below)
  • Remove the excess oil, and leave only about 3 tablespoon of oil in the wok, add in the chilis, shallots and garlic. Stir fry for a minute at medium heat.
  • Add in the minced meat, stir fry and break up the meat into small bits. Stir fry until all meat are brown and cooked.
  • Add in the sauce, stir and lower down the heat and let it simmer until it slightly thickens, this will only take less than a minute. Turn off the heat. Add in the eggplant and stir well to combine. Serve and garnish with some chopped spring onion

Note : If you do not want to fry, you can also use boiling method. Just like my other recipe https://decadentandsavoury.com/2019/05/10/eggplant-with-minced-beef/. Add in only the eggplant on a rapid boiling water, and use a heavy bowl to push down the eggplant. It is important that all eggplant are submerge to prevent oxidation thus losing the purplish colour.

Another method would be steaming. Add in the eggplant into the steamer only when the water is rapid boiling. These two method are the healthier option however, I noticed the fried one’s texture is better (口感)。I leave it up to your preference 🙂

Eggplant With Garlic Minced Beef

Delicious!

This is a memorable dish that my mom would often cook for us when I was a kid. However she would use pork instead of beef. It is a very simple dish yet incredibly flavourful. It easily became one of my favourite dishes and is now my children’s favourite too!

Ingredient

  • 2 big eggplants
  • 350 grams of minced beef
  • 4 TBS minced garlic (you can add more for more garlicky flavour)
  • 1 TBS of oyster Sauce
  • 1 TSP of cooking wine
  • 3 TBS of soy sauce ( I prefer FENGHE JiangQing soy sauce as it gives a more distinct umami flavour to my dishes. Another alternative with would be Knor seasoning or Maggi seasoning soy sauce)

Note: I am using baking spoons to measure

Garnish

  • Spring onion

First, boil your eggplants in rapid boiling water until they become tender. When boiling ensure that your eggplants are fully submerged, this will prevent it from oxidising which causes it to darken in colour. I use a weighted bowl to hold down the eggplants as they boil so that they don’t float. After boiling, set aside the eggplant. (Check below for other method that I just found out today, using my ninja grill )

Prepare your heated non stick wok. Drizzle 2 Tbs of oil and stir fry the garlic till fragrant. Add in the beef, stir fry the beef , breaking up it into bits. Stir fry until it was about 80 percent cook, add in2 tbs soy sauce and oyster sauce. Sauté until cooked then set it aside.

Using the same wok, drizzle 3 TBS of oil, lay all your eggplants flat onto the wok. Then evenly spread out your minced beef over your eggplant, pour your beaten egg on top, drizzle the last tbs of soy sauce over the egg. Cover your wok for about 2-3 minutes until the eggs are set. Garnish some chopped spring onions

Now your dish is ready to be served with a generous serving steaming white rice! Enjoy!

Note : Another method that I found is using my Ninja food grill. I preheated it at 265 degree celsius. Spray oil on the rack, lay the eggplant , skin up, spray some oil on the skin , then grill it for about 4-5 minutes. Adjust accordingly base on the size of your eggplant. You just need to grill it until soften. Easy Peasy =)