Di San Xian (Fried Potato, Eggplant and Pepper in Garlic Sauce 地三鲜)

Di San Xian is a very popular Shandong dish prepared with of stir-fried eggplant, potatoes, and peppers. The name 地三鲜 roughly translates to “Three Earthly Bounties” which is its main ingredients. The first time I had this was just recently at this restaurant in Corinthian Drive called Lotus Garden, ordered it by mistake and since then the wife loved it.

A very simple dish where everything is deep fried then tossed in a savoury sauce flavoured with sugar and light soy sauce. This will be the first time I will be cooking this and I want it to imitate the texture of potatoes when we had it first, hence I coated it lightly with tapioca starch to give it a crispy chewy outside, I also just pan fried the eggplants as it soaks to much oil, the results was nearly there I think I just over cooked the potatoes a bit which gives it even a nice texture.

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Di San Xian (Fried Potato, Eggplant and Pepper in Garlic Sauce 地三鲜) 1

Di San Xian (Fried Potato, Eggplant and Pepper in Garlic Sauce 地三鲜)

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Chinese




  • 3 long Asian eggplants, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 green capsicum, sliced
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • oil



  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt
  • oil


  1. In a bowl add the potatoes and dust it lightly with tapioca starch. Set it aside.
  2. In a wok heat enough oil for deep frying then deep fry potatoes until crisp on the outside. Remove from wok then set aside.
  3. Quickly deep fry the green capsicums until it blisters, remove from wok then set is aside.
  4. Remove all but 2 tbsp of oil from the wok then pan fry the eggplants on each side until its lightly brown. Remove from wok then set it aside.
  5. In a bowl combine all sauce ingredients, set it aside.
  6. Using the same wok, sauté garlic and scallions, pour the sauce then let it thicken. Add and toss the vegetables, season with salt then serve.



1 Response

  1. kitchenriffs says:

    This looks like a terrific dish! Loads of flavor — I’d be happy with this alone for dinner. Thanks!

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