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Grilled Eggplant With Pork: Authentic Thai Food Recipe: Southeast Asian Cooking Cuisine

Updated on May 3, 2012

Thai Asian Eggplant

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This Grilled Eggplant with Pork Recipe:

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 25 mins

Cooking Time: 25 mins

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Eggplant

Eggplants are native to India and provide a variety of nutritional benefits.

Eggplants are now grown all over the world and come in different shapes, sizes and colors. Eggplant Recipes are an important part of the Southeast Asian Cuisine and are found in many different Asian Cultures.

Eggplants come in a number of varieties and Asian Eggplants tend to be smaller and thinner in size.

Eggplant is has several names including:

  • aubergine
  • melongene
  • brinjal
  • guinea squash
  • Solanum melongena
  • Asian Eggplant
  • Chinese Eggplant
  • Thai Eggplant
  • Possibly other names as well.

In this Recipe we will be using Thai or "Asian Eggplants". These eggplants are tiny and round and vary in purple and white colors.

Uncooked, these fruits have a bitter taste but the tastes gets more complex when cooked and become rich and tender. Traditionally, these eggplants were salted and dried to hep reduce the bitterness and also to remove some of the fat content. Most modern varieties do not require this method of preparation.

Let's look at the Ingredients for this recipe:


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Grilled Eggplant With Pork Recipe Ingredients

Ingredient
Amount
How To Prepare
Slender Asian Eggplants
2 Whole
 
Ground Pork
1 1/2 Cups (350g)
 
Fresh Garlic
3 Cloves
Peel and Chop
Small Red Shallots
2
Peel and Chop
Lemongrass
2 Stalks
Use Only the Tender Inner Part of the Bottom 3rd Layer. Sliced
Fish Sauce
2 Tablespoons
 
Palm Sugar or Dark Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon
 
Fresh Coriander (Cilantro) Leaves
1 Bunch
Chopped (can substitute with sawtooth herb)

Grilled Eggplant With Pork Recipe Cooking Instructions

  • Grill the Eggplants in the Oven until Skin turns Black and the Flesh is Soft.
  • Take the Eggplants out of the oven and Cut them in Half the Long Way(Lengthwise)
  • Scrape the Flesh out of them with a spoon.
  • Chop the Eggplants roughly.
  • Heat a Wok or Skillet (recommend Cast Iron) over medium heat and stir-fry the Pork, Garlic, Shallots and Lemongrass until golden in color.
  • Add the Eggplant Flesh and Cook for 2 Minutes.
  • Add the Fish Sauce and the Sugar and Mix Well.
  • Serve Garnished with the Chopped Coriander(Cilantro) Leaves (or sawtooth herb, is used as a substitute)

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    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Stephanie Henkel! I wish you the best of luck growing your eggplants! If you try this recipe please come back and share your opinion! Thanks for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      I don't have much experience cooking eggplant, but I'm growing some in my garden this year. This looks like a great recipe, and I'm going to try it as soon as I have eggplants! :)

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Ardie! You can do it! Thanks for your support!

      JSMatthew~

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      Sondra 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      This looks wonderful! I wonder if I would be able to pull it off...hmmm. :)

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow, thanks cclitgirl! I am glad to hear that you like my recipes! I never ate food prepared like these recipes until I met my wife. She has opened my world to many new and healthy foods to explore! I enjoy sharing them on HubPages! I am so glad that you like them! Thanks for all the votes and for commenting again!

      JSMatthew~

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      You are really good with your recipes - and I love the Asian flair! Between the green mangoes and tilapia and this, my whole palate is changing! This is an incredible hub!! Multiple votes and shared!

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @tillsontitan: Hi! Eggplants come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, but I find that they all taste very similar! I try to share easy recipes that are healthy and taste great. I am not a huge eggplant fan but I do like this recipe, as long as I eat it when it is fresh and hot! As always, thanks for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Riverfish24: Hello! If your eggplants are coming out over-done in your oven, consider reducing the cooking temperature or time, and adding a little bit of fluid like water or oil during cooking.

      Eggplants do not remain white when cooked and tend to take on a color between yellowish gold to really dark purplish-black, depending on the ingredients and method of cooking.

      Try doing a photo search on Google of "Cooked Eggplant" and you will see a variety of different colors and textures to compare. I hope this helps answer your question and good luck in future eggplant cooking! Thanks for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Sounds yummy! Nice explanation of eggplant and the differences between ours and Asian. Your recipe looks really easy to follow as well. Voted up.

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      Riverfish24 

      6 years ago from United States

      I have not had much success in baking or grilling eggplants, I am used to cooking them directly on the fire/flames of a cooking range but now I have the electric cooking range and it is not very helpful. Any suggestions or Tips? I felt it got over done in the oven. Ideally it should cook and still remain white in colour once done, right?

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