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Laotian Eggplant with Tomatoes, Onion, and Mint

Fresh mint adds a cool, light touch to this hearty eggplant stir-fry.



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1 Tbs. vegetable oil
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1 lb. Japanese eggplant, trimmed and diced (3 cups)
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1 medium red onion, thinly sliced (1½ cups)
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4 medium tomatoes, chopped (2 cups)
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3 Tbs. dark brown sugar
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2 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
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2 tsp. lime juice
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1 ½ tsp. chile-garlic sauce, such as Huy Fong
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3 cups bean sprouts
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1 8-oz. can sliced bamboo shoots, rinsed and drained
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½ cup chopped fresh mint


Heat oil in wok or large skillet over high heat. Add eggplant and onion; stir-fry 10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice, and chile-garlic sauce. Cook 3 minutes more. Add bean sprouts and bamboo shoots; stir-fry 2 minutes. Garnish with mint.

Nutrition Information: 

4 g
Total Fat: 
3 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
20 g
0 mg
211 mg
5 g
14 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

Served this as part of an asian buffet and it was delicious!Be sure to use really good tomatoes for the freshest flavor.

MMmmmmm....sooo yummy! Make sure to follow the time as doesn't taste as good if it's over cooked...

This was a big hit! I substituted with tamari sauce, amber agave syrup, and Sambal Oelek Chili paste for the sauce (and a little extra garlic). This one's a keeper!

Great sauce - a very good stir fry. I left out the bean sprouts as personal preference and cut back on the mint, but the sweet, spicy & sour was a great combo. Agree on the cooking time - the eggplant goes from great to soggy in just an extra couple of minutes. Served over brown rice - a big hit!

I have shared this with many friends and they all agree that it is GREAT!. I do find myself adding to it sometimes. a little of this and a little of that.

Holy Moly-this is GOOD. just made a half recipe for lunch and now I'm not going to share. Perfect combo of sour sweet and salty :-)

I've never reviewed a recipe, but this was so good I had to recommend it. I was looking for something new to do with eggplant and came across this. A complex, but fresh meal that tastes like it came from a restaurant! I added more mint &amp; chili paste - my omnivore husband loved it too.