Stir-Fried Eggplant with Sambal over Red Rice
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
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Serves: 2-3
I've found that Chinese eggplants have more flavor than the American (globe) variety but with a good dose of sambal, this simple dish will hit the spot no matter what type you use.
  • 2 Chinese eggplants, cut lengthwise in 2 inch pieces (mine were fairly large)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon sambal oelek
  • ¼ cup olive oil and/or cooking spray
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • red rice (about 2 cups cooked for 2-3 people)
  • **For the condiment***
  • 1//4 cup of vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Splash of soy sauce
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat and add the eggplant pieces. They will absorb a lot of oil. Cook them, stirring occasionally until the sides are slightly caramelized. You can also spray the eggplants with cooking spray to aid in the browning process instead of adding even more oil. Add 2 cloves of garlic, sambal and the soy sauce and cook for just a minute longer. This should take no more than 5-6 minutes.
  2. Take the eggplants out of the skillet, set aside and cook the rice.
  3. Add a little more oil to the skillet, then the last clove of crushed garlic. Cook for 30 seconds until the garlic is fragrant and add the rice. Stir fry for about 3-4 minutes, add a splash of soy sauce, stir into the rice and turn off the heat.
  4. To prepare the condiment, combine all the ingredients together in a bowl. Arrange the rice and eggplant on a plate and drizzle with a teaspoon or two of the vinegar dipping sauce. Serve.
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