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Chinese Eggplant & Dry Mushroom (Video)

This Chinese eggplant (aubergine) recipe is inspired from a popular Hunan local dish, called clay pot cooked eggplant (qiezibao 茄子煲). I adapted it as a non clay pot version.

In my hometown, there is a restaurant next to the food market makes a lovely version of this eggplant dish, which is one of my favourite Hunan local dishes.

The eggplant is slowly cooked with shredded pork and soaked Chinese dry mushroom, plus Hunan small red chillies and bean paste. Once cooked, they would bring the whole clay pot to the table, sizzling, steaming and bursting with a rich flavour.

This time I make this dish a non-clay pot version. Because I don’t have the clay pot, I just use one medium size sauce pan. I know this might not have that special wow factor provided by clay pot, but I still cannot help trying this. I made it for this year New Year party and my Chinese friends loved it.

If you are a vegetarian, you can still use this recipe, just don't include the minced meat, the dish will still have the flavour from the dry mushroom.  

Chinese Eggplant with Dry Mushroom.

Prep: 10 mins   Cook: 20-30 mins


  • 2 medium size eggplants
  • 6 Chinese dry mushroom
  • 100g cooked pork mince (optional)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp Chinese chilli bean paste
  • ½ tsp dark soy sauce 
  • leek
  • ginger
  • spring onions
Chinese Eggplant Dry Mushroom Ingredients.


  • cut the eggplant into small chunks. Drench them to absorb some water.
Drench Chinese eggplant before cooking.
  • soak dry mushroom overnight.
Chinese Dry Mushroom Soaked.
  • Cut the mushroom into small pieces.
Chinese Ingredient Dry Mushroom Cut.
  • slice leek and ginger into the thin threads. cut the spring onions.
Chinese Ingredients Dry Mushroom Leek Ginger
Chinese Ingredient Spring Onions
  • Heat the frying pan until it is very hot. Add oil, wait till high heat.
  • Add dry mushroom, leek, ginger and chilli bean paste, fry about 1-2 min.
Chinese Ingredients Cook.
  • Add eggplant to fry, add salt and sugar and mix well.
  • If prefer, you can add cooked pork mince. Mix and cook for 3-5 minutes.
Chinese Eggplant Cook.
  • Transfer to the sauce pan (or clay pot if available). Add water or stoke, medium heat, slowly cook for 15-20 mins or till eggplant softened.
  • Before finish, garnish spring onions on the top. Serve immediately.
Chinese Eggplant Meat Dry Mushroom.


Before cooking, use water drench the already cut eggplant. This helps the eggplant to absorb some water instead of oil. The final dish will look nicer. Otherwise, the eggplant would absorb more oil than expected.    

I hope you like this Chinese eggplant recipe. If so, please share with others.

You may also like other Chinese vegetable recipes sush as Sichuan Style Bean Sprout and Chinese Squash with Garlics.

(Posted: 12/01/2014; Update: 28/07/14)

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