Spicy Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Chinese Eggplant Recipe

Garlic, ginger and fresh red chili transform mild eggplant in this easy Chinese recipe that is also impressive. With dark soy sauce and a touch of sugar, the Chinese eggplant becomes caramelized, appealing both to your eyes and taste buds.

Serves 4-6 people

Total Time: 10 minutes



  • 4 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil
  • 3 Chinese eggplants, sliced into 1" by 1" strips
  • 1 tablespoon fresh red chili pepper, finely chopped (leave in seeds and veins for extra heat)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 4 scallions, white portions only, chopped (reserve green parts for garnish)


  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce (can substitute regular soy sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons black vinegar (may substitute rice vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar


  • Green parts of scallions, sliced


  1. Mix together soy sauce, black vinegar, oyster sauce and brown sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat three tablespoons of the oil in a wok over high heat. Add the eggplant, arranging in a single layer. Flip continuously to cook the pieces evenly, up to 1 minute on each side. Eggplant should start to turn translucent and sticky brown on the outsides. Remove from wok and set aside.

    Tip: The strips of eggplant may cook at different speeds. Remove each strip when finished and place in a dish so that they do not overcook and stick to the wok.

    Spicy Chinese Eggplant and Garlic Sauce
  3. Add remaining tablespoon of oil to wok along with garlic, ginger, chili pepper and scallions. Stir fry the aromatics, pepper and scallions until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds.
  4. Place eggplant back into wok. Pour sauce over all ingredients and toss to coat.
  5. Serve immediately with your steamed white rice for a complete entrée, or on its own as a tasty side dish.
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