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Chinese Spicy Eggplant (Video)

This Chinese spicy eggplant is our favourite salad dish in the summer. The eggplant is first cooked using a rice cooker. The softened eggplant is then seasoned by Chinese chilli bean paste, smashed garlic cloves, sugar and sesame oil, bursting with flavour. (Scroll down to watch the video)

My parents usually like to make this spicy eggplant dish during the summer. The eggplant is either cooked by pressure cooker or rice cooker. The pressure cooker takes less than 15 minutes. But because Chinese mainly eat a lot rice, cooking vegetable using the rice cooker seems to be a very convenient option. 

My parents usually just put the eggplant on top of the rice, then cover the lid. After about 20 minutes, the rice is cooked, so does the vegetable. How good is that? :)

Add the seasoning, that’s it, simple, healthy and tasty :)

Chinese Spicy Eggplant.
Chinese Spicy Eggplant.

Prep: 5 mins   Cook: 20 mins


  • 3 medium size eggplant
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Chinese chilli bean paste 
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce 
  • 2 clove garlic, smashed
  • spring onions, cut

Method for Chinese Spicy Eggplant

  • Cut the eggplant in lengthways.
Chinese Eggplant
Chinese Eggplant Cut

•   Place the eggplant inside of rice cooker, on top of the rice.

Depending on the type of rice cooker, my parents’ rice cooker includes a layer on the top which can be used to cook other food, but mine does not have this layer.

If you don't have rice cooker, you may use the pressure cooker, or steamer, but adjust time accordingly. You can check my other recipe for Chinese steamed eggplant.

Chinese Eggplant Cooked in Rice Cooker.

 •  After about 20 minutes, rice is cooked. Take the eggplant out, add the smashed garlic, Chinese chilli bean paste, light soy sauce and sesame oil.

Chinese Eggplant Seasoning.

•  Garnished by spring onions.  Serve immediately.

Chinese Steamed Spicy Eggplant


•  To add more interesting flavour, you may also grind some roasted peanuts to add on the top.

•  For a better taste, the eggplant needs to be cooked till fully softened. So if you are using the steamer, it might need more time.

The eggplant is so soft that easy to break down and obsorb flavour.

Chinese Spicy Eggplant (Softened)

•  You may aslo first mix all ingredients in a bowl, then pour on top of the eggplant. I find this might be a better way for mixing the taste. 

Chinese Spicy Eggplant Dish
Chinese Spicy Eggplant Dish
Chinese Spicy Eggplant Dish

If you prefer your eggplant dish to have other flavour, you may check the recipe for Chinese red cooked eggplant with dry mushroom.  

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You may also like this Chinese red cooked eggplant with dry mushroom, recipes for steamed food and more Chinese Veggie Recipes from my site.

(Posted: 12/01/2015; Update: 22/02/2015)

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