Chinese Aubergine with Garlic

This sweet, garlicky aubergine perfection has become a firm favourite in our house. It’s so quick and easy, and really satisfies those pesky Chinese takeaway cravings if you’re anything like me!

I usually serve this with fried rice flavoured with garlic and soy sauce, and some fresh cucumber slices. Crispy mock duck is a great addition to this dish (pictured below), and is available from virtually all Chinese supermarkets. It tastes very realistic – without harming anything!

Chinese aubergine

The Recipe

  • 2 aubergines, cut into little cubes
  • Handful of green beans, chopped into thirds
  • Handful of chopped mushrooms and spring onions (optional)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped (or a generous amount of squeezy garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/2 a vegetable stock cube
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (I use sriracha)
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic granules
  • Salt and pepper

This recipe provides two very generous portions! Plus you’ll probably have some left for lunch the next day.

  1. To a lightly oiled baking tray, add your aubergine chunks and bake at 180.C for 15 minutes. This is to soften them up, and speed up cooking time.
  2. Heat a dash of oil (roughly 2 tbsp) in a wok over a medium/high heat.
  3. Add your cooked aubergine, green beans, plus any other veg you’re using, and season with a touch of salt and pepper. Stir fry for a few minutes.
  4. Add the chopped garlic, chili flakes, onion granules and stock cube, along with 300ml of water. Stir to combine.
  5. Allow to simmer until about half of the water has been absorbed. This will only take a few minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the soy sauce, hot sauce, sugar and cornflour until everything is dissolved.
  7. Add the sauce to your aubergine mixture, stirring until the sauce thickens.
  8. Just before everything is done, add the garlic granules. They’re added last as I’ve noticed if you overcook them, they turn a little bitter.
  9. Taste and adjust sweetness if necessary. Serve with some fried rice flavoured with garlic and soy sauce, and enjoy!
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