Asian Eggplant in Garlic Sauce is a copycat recipe from Hong Kong Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao made with delicious flash fried Asian aubergines and topped with a simple garlic sauce.
Why you are going to love our Asian Eggplant in Garlic Sauce appetizer
Bright beautiful purple color
Can be made in advance
Just a handful of ingredients
Once you take your first bite of the creamy aubergine with the special sauce you will be hooked.
Hong Kong Brands and Product Expo
“Ren Shan Ren Hai” is an old Chinese expression that literally means, “People Mountain, People Sea.” and let me tell you this day is a good example of this expression. The mobs of people all congregate around the vendors handing out free food samples and then it just becomes one consolidated wedge of people with all of the excitement of the delicious smells from the food that transcending the masses. This is not an experience for the faint of heart.
Do you know what is in the photo is below? Those are dried abalone! (It’s a very popular seafood product in China)
There are isles and isles of brands selling all your traditional Chinese condiments and everything you need to make your Cantonese dishes. Lets see we have your assorted dry marine products…
Bird nests, marinated duck tongues, 1000 year old eggs
Mystery sausages, and all of the other necessities to make your Chinese brews and stews…
However, I do love a good spicy XO sauce, check out my recipe for Beef Noodles with Spicy XO Sauce.
In addition, ginger candy is a nice to warm you on a cold day.
Now it is time to get away from the masses and chaos and enjoy what we love the best around the holiday seasons in Hong Kong, eating homemade Chinese dishes. This Asian Eggplant in Garlic Sauce dish is very special to me as it was recreated and re-engineered by my dear friend Lynn.
Lynn and I have visited the Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao restaurant on many occasions as we are on a mission to recreate their delicious eggplant with oyster garlic sauce appetizer. I know this is not a teenager friendly dish but sometimes moms need their special day of glory as well.
Make ahead Chinese Appetizer
Eggplant with garlic oyster sauce is a delicious and light appetizer that really brings out the sweetness of the Asian eggplants and the savory of the sauce. This appetizer is a breeze to make. From kitchen to dining room table it takes less than 15 minutes. Eggplant with garlic oyster sauce can be served warm or at room temperature which make it an awesome choice for a gathering.
How to keep cook Eggplant (aubergine) and maintain the purple color
Have you ever worked with an Asian eggplant? As you know eggplant does not keep its brilliant purple color when it is stir fried but turns brown due to the oxidation and the heat. We tried baking the egg-plant but it still oxidized. So finally, during our last visit to this restaurant we finally asked the cook about his special secret for keeping the eggplant its brilliant purple. The special secret is done with a hot and quick flash fry. This Asian Eggplant in Garlic Sauce recipe is so light and delicate.
Delicious Eggplant (Aubergine) Recipes
Asian Eggplant in Garlic Sauce
- 1 Asian Eggplant
Aubergine (Chinese skinny eggplant) sliced in 1 inch segments
- oil for frying enough to submerge your eggplant
- 4 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp green onions
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 clove garlic
peeled and minced
- Cut eggplant into one inch slices.
- Fry the eggplant in hot oil for about one minute and set on plate with a tea towel to drain.
- Mix the oyster sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, and minced chili pepper together.
- Spoon a little bit of the garlic sauce onto the top of each of the fried eggplant slices.
- Garnish with fresh spring onions and enjoy.