Eggplant with Chili Garlic Sauce

Eggplant with Chili Garlic Sauce
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I am fascinated with side dishes. The table looks more inviting when I see side dishes. A classic main dish like adobo or daing na bangus served with two or three side dishes can make meals special. This recipe is a Filipino take on the Chinese Eggplant with Chili Garlic Sauce. Serve this with your favorite fried, steamed or stewed dishes.   

How do you keep eggplant purple when cooking? 

It starts with choosing the right eggplant. Make sure that the eggplant’s color is deep purple, shiny and smooth. Cut in half and soak in water with vinegar for one minute. Fry the eggplant and let cool.

local vegetables available at the public market

What is Chili Garlic Sauce made of?

Apart from fresh or dried chili and lots of fresh garlic, Chili Garlic Sauce also has vinegar and sugar. For this recipe I used my homemade chili garlic oil recipe.  

What is Chili Garlic Sauce used for?

Chili Garlic Sauce can be used for soups, stir fries, dipping sauce, dimsums and stews. I also use it as toppings to green mangoes and singkamas (jicama), together with bagoong (shrimp paste).

Eggplant with Chili Garlic Sauce

This recipe is a Filipino take on the Chinese Eggplant with Chili Garlic Sauce. Serve this with your favorite fried, steamed or stewed dishes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Chili Garlic Sauce, Eggplant, Eggplant with Chili Garlic Sauce, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Author: Cel

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sized eggplants
  • 3 tbsp chili garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp banana catsup

Instructions

  • Cut eggplants in half, and soak in water with vinegar for 1 minute.
  • Drain eggplants and fry.
  • Remove eggplants from the frying pan and let cool.
  • Slice eggplants vertically into 4 pieces.
  • In another frying pan, heat a tbsp of oil and add the chili garlic paste.
  • Add the fried eggplants, stir fry for 30 seconds to coat the eggplants with the chili garlic paste.
  • Add soy sauce and catsup. Stir fry for another 30 seconds and serve.

Some versions of this dish have ground pork. I also tried it with shrimp. Feel free to add some if you want. But eggplants only are really the best version if you want to serve it as a side dish.

Have you tried this dish? I would love to hear from you. Tag me on facebook and instagram at lilyhilllunch.