Saturday, July 24, 2010

Steamed Eggplant With Dried Shrimp Sauce


I didn't really plan on how to cook the eggplant which was stored in the fridge for the last few days. Then suddenly an idea came across my mind to cook it in this way....by steaming it. Yup, that's right. Steaming it retains it's original texture and color, and with a touch of homemade sauce, you'll have a healthy veg dish to go along with rice. Can you see the nice original purple color of the eggplant? I just love it!

Steamed Eggplant With Dried Shrimp Sauce

Ingredients:
1 eggplant, cut into 1.5cm x 8cm strips and soaked in salt water
2 tbsp of dried shrimps, soaked and drained
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 tbsp of oyster sauce
1 1/2 tbsp of light soy sauce
1 tsp of dark soy sauce
dash of pepper
75ml of water
1 1/2 tbsp of corn flour mixed with 4 tbsp of water
1 tbsp of vegetable oil

Steps:
1. Drain the eggplant strips and arrange it on a heat proved plate. Steam it over high flame for 5-6 minutes.

2. Heat up oil in another wok. Saute garlic till fragrant. Add dried shrimps and fry it for few minutes. Stir in the sauce and bring to a boil. Add corn starch mixture until the sauce is thickening.

3. Pour the sauce over the steamed eggplant. Serve hot with rice.

19 comments:

Pam said...

It looks delicious. I love eggplant and am always looking for new recipes using it. This sounds great and a must try! Thanks!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

I just made steamed eggplant again... but this time, a total different recipe from the old one in my blog.

Love the purple colour of the steamed eggplant.

Priya said...

Woww purple colour of the steamed eggplant truly very catchy..woww beautiful dishes..

the lacquer spoon said...

So beautiful colour! Your recipe reminds me of cooking as art :)

Little Inbox said...

Pam, you can always top the steamed eggplant with your own created sauce. It is very versatile.

wendyywy, I see. So, waiting for your recipe soon. :)

Priya, thanks. :P

the lacquer spoon, I try to be more creative in the food presentation recently. A new art to play around. It's fun. :)

Anncoo said...

Love the color of those eggplant. So beautiful and healthy.

J2Kfm said...

The eggplants looked so purple, so raw. But I like them cooked in any ways. But sometimes, there is a stinging sensation after eating them, which might put some off.

pigpigscorner said...

So beautiful! I always stir fry or braise eggplant and so they are never this colour!

Mei Teng said...

Steamed eggplant is one of my favourite dishes. I usually have it topped with garlic oil.

xin said...

i love eggplants too! but i usually will put in mouth straight without touching my lips coz i am allergic to them :S

noobcook said...

Your eggplant still look so pretty purple after steaming. I have to try your recipe :)

New Kid on the Blog said...

not many people like the soft texture... but once you've tried it, you're into it. :)

Little Inbox said...

Anncoo, yes I love the color very much.

J2Kfm, the eggplant is actually cooked, not raw. The steaming process retain its purple color.

pigpigscorner, although this is the first time I try to steam eggplant, but I know I will cook it in this way more often. :)

Mei Teng, I see. Simple and yet delicious, right?

xin, huh? Just your lips sensitive to it?

noobcook, ok try it out and see if you like it too. :)

New Kid, I started to like it now. Before this, I was sticked to the sambal stir-fry style.

MaryMoh said...

Wow...I really love the colour of the eggplant. I will have to steam them next time. Thanks for sharing the tip. Looks very delicious.

Juliana said...

Oh! I have to try to cook eggplants this way...steaming it, it is much healthier since eggplants tend to absorb so much oil...and perfect with shrimp sauce on it :-)

tigerfish said...

I will steam my eggplant too, then just toss with some sesame oil, a little soy sauce, grated ginger.

Little Inbox said...

Mary Moh, thanks. Feel free to give it a try!

Juliana, yes, less oil used in this steaming method. A healthier version.

tigerfish, alright. I hope you like it too. :)

cariso said...

Steam it first is the trick to make sure it's soft uh?

Little Inbox said...

cariso, yes. Its flesh is soft and moist while the outer skin remains the nice purple color.

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