My Chinese Eggplant is a delicious and simple stir fried vegetarian dish that I serve with almost every Chinese meal I make. For many people, eggplant/aubergine is overlooked as a vegetable. I've heard so many people say that they don't know how to cook eggplant. For years I felt the same! I'd stick with my tried and tested meals like Baba Ghanoush (don't get it twisted - baba is one of my FAVOURITE things to eat) but the possibilities of eggplant stretch across the globe, in many triumphant preparations.
Chinese Stir Fried Eggplant
One such preparation is to cook them Chinese style in a wok. This preparation created a wonderfully creamy texture to the eggplant, while the thick, shiny sauce clings meaning every mouthful is packed with flavour. Stir fried eggplant is easy and quick to get on the plate. Like all stir fried Chinese style dishes, there's no messing around - it's in the pan, it cooks, it's out the pan!
The results are an authentic taste of China and ready in minutes.
One wok, one dinner - Incorporating stir fry dishes into a meal.
Often, all the dishes in a Chinese meal are cooked using one wok. The dishes are cooked one at a time in rapid succession and kept warm while the next cooks. If you have a long cooked dish like my Shantung Lamb Ribs, cook them first and keep warm while you prepare the accompaniments. As a home cook this means you need to be prepared. Mise en place! Everything ready to go so that you spend all the time at the wok and not looking for ingredients while stuff burns! Get prepared in advance and have EVERYTHING at hand for each dish you're making. You'll be amazed how quickly everything comes together when you put the prep work in first.
When you're prepped, you'll finish one stir fry, then pop it into a warm oven while you flash fry the next. Your entire dinner will be ready in minutes. Go for it! Try my Stir fried snow pea sprouts with garlic alongside the eggplant, they're perfect together. And there's nothing more perfect than a simple Chinese Cucumber Salad to sit alongside any Chinese feast - cooling and delicious.