I must confess I have never cooked brinjal in my life. Infact, I did not even eat brinjal until a few years ago. I have to thank Esquire Kitchen - a chain of restaurants in Malaysia for my discovery of how tasty this purple vegetable is.
This is the first time I cooked brinjal, and I came up with a simple recipe, imaging exactly how Esquire Kitchen would have cooked up this dish. This is my version.
Simple ingredients :-
1. Minced meat 500gm - marinade with salt, pepper, soy sauce and some corn starch.
2. Brinjals - 2 large pieces - cut in slices.
3. Others - Oil (2TBSP) Salt, Pepper, Soy Sauce, Dark Soy Sauce (all "agak-agak" (guess work) to your liking LOL - thats Chinese cooking!!)
Simple steps : -
1) In a non stick pan with a little oil, put in the brinjals flat on the surface. Let it stir-fry till slighty brown. Turn the brinjals so that all sides touch the fire. Alternatively, you can add more oil and just fry it for 1 minute and remove quickly. I usually like to do the less oil version, consoling myself it is healthier :)
Once the brinjals are cooked and slightly brown, remove and keep aside.
2) Next is the minced meat, with a little heated oil, you can start to fry some sliced shallots till fragrant, add the minced meat and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Add water for it to boil with a dash of dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste. When boiling, add some corn starch to thicken the sauce.