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How to cook Chinese eggplant with garlic sauce

ChihYu Smith

Chinese eggplant with garlic sauce (Yu Xiang eggplant) is garlicky and delicious. A Chinese eggplant recipe made easy for home cooks!

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Slice and quarter the eggplants and soak them in a water and vinegar solution for 10 minutes.

Pat dry


Pat the eggplants dry and toss them with starch in a large bowl. Coat them well with starch evenly.

Prepare the aromatics and sauce.


Grate the garlic, set aside red chilies, and combine the garlic sauce in a small bowl.

Cook the meat


Add ground meat to a hot pan with salt, pepper, and mirin. Add in the garlic and dry chilies and fry the ground meat.

Stir fry/Braise the eggplant


Push the meat aside and add the eggplant to the skillet to fry. Add the sauce and simmer until the eggplant is tender and serve!

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