Ingredients (for 4-5 servings)
500 g purple brinjal – cut into wedges or 3 inch in lengthwise
1 tbsp dried shrimp – soaked in water till soft and coarsely minced
3 cloves garlic – minced finely
3 shallots – minced finely
2 red chilli + 3 chilli padi – minced coarsely
1 tbsp soy bean paste (Tiger brand)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp chicken powder
50 ml water
1) Soak cut brinjals in salted water for 10-15 minutes. Drain well.
2) Heat wok until hot with 3 tbsp oil, reduce heat a little and add in the drained brinjals and stir fry over high heat till soft.Remove and set aside.
3) Reheat wok with oil and saute minced dried shrimps, garlics, shallots and chilli till aromatic, add in soy paste and stir fry for 1-2 minutes till fragrant. Add in pre-fried brinjal, water, sugar and chicken powder and stir to mix well. Simmered for 1 minutes, toss quickly to mix well (taste accordingly) and dish onto serving plate.
(Soaking brinjals in salt water prevent discolouring and also extracts the bitterness)