This dish was something I came up with when I had to use up the eggplants in my fridge. I searched for a garlicky eggplant dish, but didn't have most of the ingredients other websites required. I also wanted to add protein to the dish to make it complete... so I created my own. This dish has been inspired by the many wonderful recipes on the internet for Chinese Eggplant Stir Fry!
The eggplant is sautéed to perfections giving it a smokey flavor and crispy texture. This dish is very satisfying, both as a side or a main dish served over rice or noodles. You can easily substitute the chicken for tofu, making this dish vegan.
-Cut the eggplants, chicken, bell peppers and onions into bite size pieces. Make sure they are cut in uniform sizes to ensure proper cooking -Add eggplants into a large bowl with water, add pinch of salt and let sit with a weight for 10 minutes -Drain eggplants and pat dry -Marinate eggplants with some garlic and ginger paste, 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 1 tsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, and 2 tsp corn starch and let sit for 10 minutes -Marinate chicken with some garlic and ginger paste, 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 1 tsp oyster sauce, and 2 tsp corn starch and let sit for 8-10 minutes. -In a non-stick pan, over medium-high heat, add ½ tbsp. oil and sauté eggplants for 8-10 minutes -Transfer to a plate -In the same pan, add ½ - 1 tbsp. oil, and sauté bell peppers and onions for 5 minutes -Add chicken and sauté for 5-7 minutes -Add chili pepper if usingand remaining garlic & ginger paste -Add eggplants that we sautéed previously and sauté for 3-5 minutes -Add sugar and all remaining sauces (light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, oyster sauce) -Make a slurry of the leftover cornstarch with 1 tbsp. of water and add to pan -Mix well, and cook for 1-2 minutes stirring well -Garnish with green onions or chives and serve hot over rice or noodles. I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you give it a go, please be sure to let me know by commenting down below or on my YouTube channel!