Sunday, May 8, 2011

Eggplant in Plum Sauce

Last summer, when we were on our way back from our vacation in Hawaii, we got stranded at the airport for over 5 hours, owing to some snag with our aircraft. We had lunch from the Chinese deli at the airport and this was one of the dishes that we had then.  I enjoyed it so much that I had been trying out various recipes to recreate that taste. Though I came closer, there was something missing in all those. So I had been on the lookout for the authentic recipe for the eggplant dish.
My husband came upon this recipe while searching for something to make for Mother's day, so he surprised me by making this for me today for dinner, as he knew I had been on the lookout for this. This tasted like the one we had that day at Hawaii..
(Now, I realize that the secret ingredient was the Plum sauce.)
This goes well with fried rice.
Source: Martin Yan's Quick and Easy
Egg plant - 1 lbs, roll cut
Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
For the sauce:
Plum sauce - 3 tbs (can be substituted with date sauce)
Rice wine - 2 tbs
Sesame oil - 2 tsp
Soy sauce - 1 tsp
Dark say sauce - 1 tsp
Chilli sauce-1 tsp
To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients and whisk to blend evenly and set it aside.
Deep-fry the egg plant pieces until golden brown, about 3 mts, at 350 degree F. Drain on a paper towel.
Heat a frying pan, add 2 tsp of oil, add the garlic and cook until fragrant (about 20 sec). Now add the egg plant and sauce and bring to a boil. Cook stirring for 1 minute.

A peek into my Mother's day breakfast-in-bed (courtesy my husband and daughter):


  1. ooh.. this is a sure nice dish.. its nice u had a surprise for dinner ! :)

  2. Breakfast in bed,omg, u r soo lucky and blessed dear...Never thought of this eggplant in plum sauce,simply delicious..

  3. That looks exotic & yumm!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. so you were treated nicely on mother's day :-) Cute gesture...nice dish with unique sauce combination

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. lovely recipe.. looks too good and inviting dear..

  6. Happy to hear that you got pampered on Mother's day ~ cute post! Eggplant is my hubby's most fav thing in the world and I am really glad to find a new cool way to make them :) Delicious looking.
    US Masala

  7. Happy Mother's Day! That was cute...The dish is totally awesome and I'd devour it!

  8. Happy Mothers day dear....Awesome dish...

  9. Your family is so sweet to surprise you with breakfast in cute.. Loved your eggplant in plum sauce recipe too..
    Breakfast Club - Pancakes - Roundup

  10. you are so lucky and blessed, eggplants in plum sauce is very new to me but can imagine the rich taste.

  11. Glad to know that you had a great Mother's day. This eggplant in plum sauce is totally new and I am surely going to try this one out.

  12. interesting dish...egg plants in plum sauce :)..hope u had a lovely mothers day..breakfast-in-bed looks great!!

  13. what a sweet way of making it special on the Mothers Day - it is always special when hubby cooks, this dish is delish looking vidhya- am bookmarking it !

  14. Very nice and interesting recipe. Looks yummy and tempting.

  15. Glad you had a pleasant Mother's Day and this dish looks awesome!

  16. your daughter is so sweet to giv u such a nice surprise...........nd the dish looks awesome....

  17. Very tasty dish,looks so yummy and colorful.

  18. Surely it was a very pleasant surprise for u...u r so lucky dear...hope u had a very splendid day with your family :) this eggplant in plum sauce looks interesting n delicious also...u enjoyed the happiest moment with your favorite dinner:) great!!!

  19. I had never heard of plum sauce, sounds like a great companion to eggplants :-)

  20. Hi Vidhya
    thanks for sending this interesting recipe to my event...loved all your entries :)


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