Vegan Chinese Eggplant Recipe

vegan chinese eggplant recipe

Chinese cuisine is renowned for its rich flavors and varied textures. In this article, we’ll explore a mouthwatering Vegan Chinese Eggplant Recipe that effortlessly combines savory, sweet, and spicy elements to create a delightful culinary experience.

Ingredients & Substitutions

To craft this delectable Chinese eggplant dish, gather the following ingredients:

  • 3 Chinese eggplants
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 heaping tbsp ginger, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

Sauce

  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark mushroom soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Hot chili flakes to taste

Optional Toppings

  • Thinly sliced green onion
  • Sesame seeds

Helpful Tools

Before embarking on this culinary journey, ensure you have the following tools at your disposal:

  • Large bowl
  • Cast iron pan
  • Kitchen towel or paper towel

How To Make This Recipe

chinese eggplant on red cutting board

Start by cutting the eggplant into bite-sized pieces and let it sweat with salt for 15-20 mins.

chinese eggplant with salt

Blot the eggplant dry.

chinese eggplant on towel to remove excess water

Coat it evenly with 1 tbsp of cornstarch.

chinese eggplant in bowl

Fry the eggplant until all sides turn golden brown.

chinese eggplant in cast iron

Prepare the sauce by combining soy sauce, dark mushroom soy sauce, water, cornstarch, chili flakes, and brown sugar.

chinese eggplant recipe sauce

Sauté ginger, garlic, and spring onion in 1 tsp oil.

garlic and green onion in cast iron cooked

Then add the cooked eggplant and sauce.

vegan chinese eggplant recipe cooking in cast iron

Stir until the sauce thickens (about 1-2 mins).

chinese eggplant recipe on plate

Serve with rice or noodles, topped with green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy this delicious Chinese eggplant dish!

Tips & Tricks for Perfect Vegan Chinese Eggplant

  • Ensure even coating of cornstarch for a crispy texture.
  • Use a cast iron pan for optimal browning.
  • Adjust chili flakes to your spice preference.

FAQs

Can I use regular soy sauce instead of low sodium?

Yes, but adjust salt levels accordingly.

Can I substitute dark mushroom soy sauce?

Regular soy sauce works, though it alters the flavor slightly.

vegan chinese eggplant recipe

Vegan Chinese Eggplant Recipe

Immerse yourself in the culinary world with our Vegan Chinese Eggplant Recipe. Crispy, flavorful, and entirely plant-based, this dish is a perfect fusion of taste and health.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 24 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Servings 3 -4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 chinese eggplant
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced (save the green parts for topping)
  • 1 heaping tbsp ginger, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

Sauce

  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark mushroom soy sauce (sub another tbsp regular soy sauce if needed)
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • hot chili flakes to taste

Optional Toppings

  • thinly sliced green onion
  • sesame seeds

Instructions
 

  • Start by cutting the eggplant into bite sized pieces, and placing into a large bowl.
  • Salt the eggplant generously and allow the eggplant to sweat for 15-20 mins. Blot the eggplant dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel to remove any excess liquid.
  • Add 1 tbsp of cornstarch and toss or mix to combine. The eggplant should be coated evenly.
  • Fry the eggplant in 2 tbsp neutral oil on medium heat. Brown all sides of the eggplant this takes about 8 mins on a cast iron pan.
  • Make sauce by combining soy sauce, dark mushroom soy sauce, water, cornstarch, chili flakes, and, brown sugar.
  • Remove the eggplant from the pan and add 1 tsp oil with ginger, garlic, and spring onion. Sauté for 1-2 mins on medium heat.
  • Add the cooked eggplant back into the pan and add in the sauce. Keep stirring until it thickens. (about 1-2 mins)
  • Serve with rice or noodles and top with green onions and sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy!

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Conclusion: Vegan Chinese Eggplant Recipe

Indulge in the savory symphony of flavors with this Vegan Chinese Eggplant Recipe. Elevate your culinary skills and savor the goodness of plant-based delight.

6 thoughts on “Vegan Chinese Eggplant Recipe

  1. Kelsey says:

    5 stars
    Yum this eggplant dish was delicious I didn’t find it overly spicy and fairly easy to assemble.

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Thanks so much Kelsey so happy you enjoyed it. You can always increase the spice with more chilli flakes 😉

  2. Marisol says:

    5 stars
    This was delicious the egg plant was amazing!

    • spicyveganfood says:

      I’m thrilled to hear that you found the dish delicious, and the eggplant was amazing!

  3. Amelia says:

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe and wasn’t too difficult to make.

    • spicyveganfood says:

      I’m delighted to hear that you loved the recipe, and that it wasn’t too difficult to make! If you have any other preferences or specific recipes you’d like to try, feel free to let me know.

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