This vegan spicy garlic eggplant is perfectly comforting, packed with umami, protein, and spice! The secret, as always, is in the sauce. Try it and see for yourself!
- 1lb [450g] Japanese eggplant
- 2oz [65g] firm tofu, pressed and mashed
- 6 dried chilis, boiled to soften then chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely minced ginger
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- a handful of chopped green onions
- oil for cooking
- salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon Chenkiang vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Michiu or vegetable broth
- ¾ cup water with 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- Prepare the eggplant, cut into 2” chunks, and shallow pan fry for a minute.
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat with a drizzle of oil and add in the mashed tofu. Pan-fry tofu until golden brown, then push to the side of the pan.
- Add another swirl of oil in the pan, and sauté chili, ginger, and garlic until aromatic, about 1 minute.
- Place in the partially cooked eggplant and season with soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, michiu, and give it a quick toss to combine.
- Gradually add in the water with cornstarch then stir to mix all the ingredients together and let the mixture simmer until the sauce is thickened and eggplant is fork-tender. Season with more salt or soy sauce if needed. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve warm with a bowl of your favorite cooked grain.
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