Eggplant and tomatoes stir-fry with oyster sauce 蠔油燴雙茄 -
- 3 eggplants (the long and skinny kind)
- 2 ripe tomatoes
- 1 small onion
- 1 pre-fried or baked tofu
- 1 cup king oyster mushroom (bite size pieces)
- 6 bok choy
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 red chilies
- 2 tablespoons black vinegar
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce paste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Some sesame oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 small bundle cilantro
- Some corn starch and water mixture (1:1)
Soak the pre-fried tofu in boiling or hot water for a quick moment then drain out the liquid. This will help in drawing out the excess oil from the tofu. Slice into rectangular pieces.
Peel and slice the onion. Peel and slice the garlic cloves. Trim off the chili stems and chop the remaining diagonally. Give the cilantro a few chops. Chop the tomatoes in smaller bite size pieces. Chop the king oyster mushrooms into bite size pieces. Trim off the bok choy stems and separate into each individual leaves.
Trim off the eggplant stems and slice the remaining diagonally. Handle the eggplant last because once cut, the surface starts turning dark when in contact with oxygen.
Drizzle enough olive oil to evenly coat the bottom of the pan and turn to medium high heat. Add in onion slices along with salt and pepper. Give it a quick stir and cook till the onion turns translucent. Add in garlic and chilies, cook till that wonderful garlicky aroma comes out but not burnt.
Transfer the king oyster mushrooms and tomatoes into the pan and cook for about one more minute. The juice from the tomatoes provide just the right amount of moisture for the mushrooms, so make sure to add these two to the pan together.
Add in the eggplant and tofu pieces. Cook for a short moment then add in the bok choy. Season with oyster sauce, soy sauce paste, and black vinegar. Mix well and wait till the edges start to bubble. Taste and adjust with more oyster sauce or black vinegar if needed.
Mix about 1 tablespoon of corn starch with 1 tablespoon of water first, pour into the veggies while gently stirring at the same time. The whole thing should start to turn gooey but not clumpy.
Lastly, drizzle some sesame oil to add another layer of aroma. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
The final dish looks moist and juicy, but note that there's no extra water involved except for the corn starch mixture. It's all natural juices rendered from the fresh produce. There's a sweet taste from these veggies stir-fry, partly from the oyster sauce but mostly from these glorified veggies too.
Other eggplant recipes:
- Give it an Asian flair - creamy coconut chicken and veggie stew
- Garlicky eggplants stir fry with scallops X.O. sauce - 蒜炒干貝XO醬茄子