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Spicy eggplant strips with dried shrimps.

When I was little, I used to abhor eggplants. My mom used to cooked them in pretty large pieces and I thought they looked like mangled snakes with the slightly wilted, browned purple skin and gooey flesh.

But thanks to a trip to Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands, my aversion towards the purple vegetable had been overturned. There, I ate the most delicious eggplant dish I had ever had. It was most unforgettable.

# – I <3 eggplants. What do you call them? Aubergine? Brinjal?

The strips of eggplant were crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, and had completely absorbed the taste and aroma of the dried shrimps with the caramelised onions contributing some delicious moisture to an otherwise dry dish. Perfect with rice but REALLY good eaten on its own too.

To be honest, I don’t know the actual recipe, but I think I managed to replicate the dish to as close to the real McCoy as possible. So yeah, I am quite pleased with myself :D

The ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant, cut into strips with skin on
  • 1 handful of dried shrimps, soaked in water for 1/2 hour and drained
  • Some flour
  • 3 dried chillies, seeded and cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon of chinese wine
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 stalk of spring onion or scallion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt

# – First of all, lightly coat the eggplant strips in flour.

# – Next, deep fry the eggplant strips in hot oil till the strips are shrunken and browned, not burnt. As I didn’t want to waste so much oil, I only use like 2 centimetres of oil and deep fry in a few batches.

# – Place the deep fried eggplant strips on a kitchen towel to drain off the oil.

# – Now in a saucepan, heat up some oil and throw in the chopped spring onions and onions.

# – When the aroma hits your nose, throw in the drained soaked shrimps.

# – Now throw in the dried chillies.

# – Then a tablespoon of chinese rice wine.

# – Followed by a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.

# – And about 3 tablespoons of water to allow some emulsification going on. Stir!

# – Now throw in the deep fried eggplant strips and mix till they’re well coated with the yummy shrimpy bits.

# – Lastly, throw in 1/2 a tablespoon of salt and stir.

# – Plate it up and garnish with a sprig of parsley because we’re all fancy like that.

# – Eaten with rice. Yummy!

Crispy, soft, flavourful and aromatic, who knew the vegetable that reminded me of slimy snakes could taste like this?

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25 Responses to Spicy eggplant strips with dried shrimps.

  1. Nonnie May 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I love brinjal/eggplant/aubergines!

    Have you tried just popping it into the oven and bake it? Some like the skin removed but I enjoy chomping the whole thing off with some soy sauce and chili.

    • Kimberlycun May 4, 2011 at 2:36 am #

      I haven’t tried that but I am going to after this! Yums!

  2. jean May 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    u can try to soak the bringjal in salt water before u fry it, this might help the bringjal for not absorbing too much oil :D

    • Kimberlycun May 4, 2011 at 2:37 am #

      Thanks for the tip!!! Will make sure I do that the next time around :)

  3. whytevee May 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    looks so delicious! i lovelovelove brinjals too~ :D

  4. ShaolinTiger May 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Absolutely love this dish!

    • Kimberlycun May 4, 2011 at 2:38 am #

      Very appetising and good with rice, innit :)

  5. Jan May 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    You can cook it with oyster sauce, dark soy sauce and light soy without adding any more salt cos of it’s saltiness, it’s absolutely scrumptious, the bf always ask for more. Lol

  6. irene May 4, 2011 at 12:20 am #

    i find eggplant absolutely repulsive too… but this dish, i wouldn’t mind at all!

    • Kimberlycun May 4, 2011 at 2:40 am #

      Haha yeah I know what you mean. This is about the only way I’d eat them too, the other one is the stuffed eggplant but it must be fried to crisp lol

  7. KY May 4, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    eggplant is always one of my fav! :D

  8. ahsiang May 4, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    I always love my mum’s eggplant, let me try to get her recipe and post it somewhere :)

  9. hazel May 4, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    i m hungry now…

  10. Lyrical Lemongrass May 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    I love eating eggplant this way. Must try your recipe. :-)

  11. lb May 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    cooked in such a luxurious way, sure yummylicious lah..
    i used to just steamed then garnish with garlic bits and oil already delish enough, hehe.

    • Kimberlycun May 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

      hahaha. ok i gotta try steaming…can you recommend how many minutes ah? i scared they might get too soggy :( thanks!

  12. crakylife May 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    look healthy.. thanks for sharing

  13. Joanne Tiew June 18, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    Hi Kimberly,

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Can I ignore the Worcestershire sauce?

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