Eggplant is a nutritious ingredient, but why do you think it’s always a little less delicious than what you make in the restaurant? I’ll teach you the chef’s version of braised eggplant today.


1 eggplant
50g minced meat
1 tablespoon bean paste
1 tablespoon raw soy sauce
A little green onion, ginger and scallion
A little water starch
Appropriate amount of edible oil


Step 1
Wash the eggplant, cut off the head and tail, and evenly cut into 3 segments; Chopped green onion, ginger and garlic.

Step 2
Cut each section of eggplant into strips.

Step 3
Pour an appropriate amount of edible oil into the pot, burn until 70% hot, and then add eggplant strips. (measuring oil temperature with chopsticks: [cold oil temperature] 1-20% hot. When chopsticks are put into oil, there is no reaction. At this time, they are suitable for frying nut foods, such as fried peanuts, and also suitable for frying sauces. [low oil temperature] 3-40% hot. When chopsticks are placed in oil, small bubbles will appear around them. They are generally used for smooth frying, smooth frying, oil explosion and other dishes. [medium oil temperature] 5-6% heat. If you look closely at the oil surface, there will be ripples. The bubbles around the chopsticks become dense, but there is no noise. It is suitable for frying pan and cooking. [high oil temperature] 7-8 heat. There are a lot of bubbles and crackling sound around the chopsticks. It is suitable for frying or frying meat and fish.)

Step 4
Fry until the surface is golden, remove it, turn the fire to boil the oil again, put the eggplant into the pot again, fry again for 20 seconds, remove it, drain the oil and set aside. (re frying can reduce the excess oil in eggplant)

Step 5
Leave the oil in the pan, pour in the minced meat and stir fry until it turns white.

Step 6
Add bean paste, onion, ginger and garlic and stir fry evenly.

Step 7
Pour in fried eggplant strips, then pour in raw soy sauce and water starch, stir fry evenly. (Shuidian powder is dry starch mixed with water to increase the viscosity of sauce)

Step 8
Stir fry until the sauce is thick and then out of the pot.