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There is a certain quality that only eggplant can bring to a dish. It has a distinct tenderness to it, as well as a satisfyingly mild, but somewhat bitter taste. And so you will easily find dishes utilizing the beloved vegetable in most Filipino households and restaurants. And if you would like to whip up a meal of your own with this nutritious component, I suggest you try this Eggplant with Ground Pork in Oyster Sauce.
This recipe is a perfect go-to when you are craving something savory and healthy, but also involves a simple cooking process. We will mostly just be sautéing the likes of Chinese eggplant, ground pork and oyster sauce together. Just be warned that this has a pretty long list of ingredients. But each of them play an integral part in building the unique and delicious texture of the dish.
But other than taste, eggplants are also great to add to your meals due to how rich they are in vitamins and minerals. You can also get an abundance of antioxidants from this vegetable. And so here are more recipes you may also want to check out that include the “talong!”
How to Cook Eggplant with Ground Pork in Oyster Sauce
Frying the eggplant
Take 3 tablespoons of cooking oil, and heat this up in a pan. Then add 2 Chinese eggplants you have sliced. We will fry each side until they soften. Afterwards, you can just transfer the cooked eggplants to a clean plate. We will get back to these later.
Sautéing onion, garlic and ginger
Pour 2 more tablespoons of cooking oil, as well as ½ teaspoon of sesame oil. Then place 3 cloves of garlic and 1 onion, all of which are minced, inside the pan. Add 1 thumb of ginger as well. For some richness to the dish, we will be sautéing all of these together until the onion softens.
Cooking the meat
Now we can add 4 ounces of ground pork. Keep an eye on this as you are sautéing it, making sure it does not get overcooked.
Integrating some seasonings
Has your pork turned light brown in color? That would be your sign to pour 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce inside. We must also add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, and ½ cup of water. Just keep all of these yummy ingredients cooking until the liquid has evaporated.
Adding the eggplant
We’re down to our last few ingredients! Just put 1 red bell pepper inside, as well as the eggplants we prepared earlier. Stir-fry all of your components together for 3 minutes. Then you can sprinkle in as much salt and ground black pepper as you would like.
Transfer your meal onto a serving plate of choice. I would say this is best while freshly cooked and hot over some warm rice.
What are your thoughts on this eggplant dish? How about any questions about the recipe? Feel free to leave them in the comments below!
Other Great Eggplant Dishes to Try
I’m sure it’s hard to say no to the classic Tortang Talong for many Filipinos. This recipe is crispy on the outside, while being juicy and tender on the inside. It really comes as no wonder that this evokes a ton of excitement for most diners in the Philippines. If you have ever been curious about how it is made though, I have just the guide for you here. Be warned though that preparing the eggplant for frying may be a bit complicated. But let me assure you that the result makes all of the work worth it!
In search of something simple and healthy by skipping out on all of the frying? You should definitely go for this Boiled Okra And Eggplant With Bagoong Dipping Sauce then! It makes use of just five ingredients, and is quick and easy to make. But don’t underestimate this dish as it has plenty of deliciously salty flavor due to our bagoong isda with tomato and onion.
But if you are looking for a truly powerful set of flavors, I would say Eggplant Salad, better known as Ensaladang Talong locally, is the way to go! This is quite the popular side dish, and it is best enjoyed with the likes of grilled pork belly, and other kinds of meat dishes. Serving this alongside your dish is also quite helpful for when you are eating something flavorful. Having a spoonful of Ensaladang Talong can really refresh your palate, and make you ready to chow down on your main dish again!
I know these other eggplant recipes must be quite tempting. But let me direct you back to our meaty main recipe. Come and cook some Eggplant with Ground Pork in Oyster Sauce with me!
- 2 Chinese eggplants sliced
- 4 ounces ground pork
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 onion minced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 thumb ginger
- ½ teaspoon Sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 red bell pepper
- 5 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 3 stalks green onion
- ½ cup water
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Heat 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan. Fry both sides of the sliced eggplants until it softens. Transfer the eggplants on a clean plate. Set aside.
- Add the remaining cooking oil and sesame oil. Saute the onion, garlic, and ginger.
- Add the ground pork once the onion softens. Saute it until the color turns light brown.
- Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and water. Continue cooking until the liquid evaporates.
- Add the bell pepper and then put the eggplants back into the pan. Stir fry for 3 minutes.
- Season with salt and ground black pepper.
- Serve hot over rice. Share and enjoy!