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Braised Eggplants with Mince Meat Sauce

In this simple recipe, the eggplants will become super tender and absorb all the flavor of the sauce by the end of the cooking process. Although a kilogram of eggplants sound like a lot, it actually isn’t since they do shrink quite a bit. I use the Chinese variety for the eggplant, which is longer and slenderer compared to U.S. eggplants, but if you cannot find the Chinese variety, feel free to use U.S. eggplant.

Braised Eggplants with Mince Meat Sauce

Braised Eggplants with Mince Meat Sauce

Braised Eggplants with Mince Meat Sauce

5.0 from 1 reviews



Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 8


  • 500 gram minced beef
  • 2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Shaoxing
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch
  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 red cayenne chilies (or bird eye chilies for spicier dish), thinly sliced
  • 1 inch ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chili bean sauce (dou ban jiang)
  • 2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 kilogram Chinese eggplants, cut into quarters lengthwise, then cut into 2 inch sections
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Mix together minced beef with light soy sauce, Shaoxing, sesame oil, ground white pepper, and corn starch. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a wok on high heat, sauté garlic, chilies, and ginger until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add mince beef, stir and break up the clumps, keep cooking until no longer pink, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add chili bean sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, Shaoxing, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil.
  5. Add the eggplants, mix well, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the eggplants have become wilted, tender, and have absorbed most of the sauce. Stir every so often.
  6. Turn off heat, add the scallions, mix well, transfer to a serving bowl and serve with steamed white rice.


  • the lousy cook wife says:

    I made it last night, it was delicious. Thank for the recipe Anita :) <3

    • Anita says:

      Glad you like it Stephanie :)

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