Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce
Filipinos love garlic, if we can put garlic in everything we will do it and we do it in excessive amounts, in fact I remembered some of my comments here in my blog confirming if I really used one whole garlic instead of one clove. Like the Spanish they start most of their dishes with “sofrito” in Philippines we start everything with “ginisa“, basically similar in concept but the Filipino is loaded with garlic. Having said that I am very sure the dish we have today will be popular with my countrymen, an affordable vegetable dish that is salty and comes loaded with garlic. The dish is called Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce which is a dish prepared with pan fried eggplants slowly cooked with garlic and soy sauce mixture, a great dish on its own or you can serve it as a side dish with meaty dishes. Do you think you will love this?
- In a large plate spread the eggplant out and sprinkle salt over the top. Set it aside for 30 minutes, pat dry with paper towel.
- In a small bowl combine light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar, 2 teaspoon cornstarch and water. Mix it well.
- Place eggplants in a large bowl and toss it with the remaining cornstarch to coat.
- Heat up a wok, add oil then cook eggplants in one layer until they are lightly charred. You might need to do it in batches if you have a small wok. Remove the eggplants from the wok then set it aside.
- Back to the wok, add oil then sauté your garlic and ginger in medium low heat until its fragrant and light brown in colour.
- Add the eggplants back then pour the sauce, stir to coat then turn heat to low. Cover your wok and cook until eggplants are tender. Season with salt then serve with steamed rice.