Stir Fry Chili Mince Pork with Eggplant

2009 July 29
by linda

My grandmother loves to cook fried chili eggplant. I never dare to even try them. They looked so withered and overcooked, it is just like a meal for a toothless person. And all those sparkly oil looked like that they have been immersed and absorbed into the eggplant. Once you bite on them, your mouth would be filled with an overflow amount of fried oil. That reason always made me think twice for tasting them.

When I moved to Australia, I practically have to do all my chores and other things by myself, including cooking my own meal, which I never done before back in my country. Because we have so many maids in Indonesia, I just feel like entering the kitchen would make the space narrower. Even if I tried to help the fun things in the kitchen, like making cookies, my grandmother and her little helpers would chase me a way. I guessed I made their work more complicated and difficult than it should be.

Anyway, back to my story. When I arrived in Australia, I realized that I have to start learning to cook a decent meal so I wouldn’t have to buy those expensive take away. My flatmates love to cook so this was my chance to learn and practice my cooking skills. One night, we cooked stir fry eggplant with plum sauce. It was actually not as bad as I thought it should be. I felt so guilty for ignoring my grandma’s fried chili eggplant that when I went back to Indonesia the year after that I ate hers and it was good. I had so many wide varieties of meals back in Indonesia and it has made me to become so picky in what should enter my mouth.

Here is my tip before you start cooking your eggplant dish, that is to not forget to sprinkle generous amount of salt on to the eggplant, and make sure they are all well coated with salt. Or otherwise your eggplant will suck up all the oil or juice dry. I did fried my eggplant with generous amount of oil before, and it sucked up all the oil like they were been in a long thirst strike. Now, all I do is just put a little amount of oil in the pan, and let them cook until really tender and change color.

Stir Fry Chili Pork with Eggplant


  • 200 gr mince pork
  • 1 medium size of purple eggplant
  • 2 chilies, diced
  • 1 tomato, wedged
  • 1 tbsp of mince garlic
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 tbsp of sambal oelek/cobek/terasi or pureed chilli
  • 1 tbsp of tomato sauce
  • oil for stir frying
  • sugar, salt, and pepper to taste


  1. Slice the eggplant into 1 cm thick and cut quarterly or to your preferences. Sprinkle some salt over and let it sit for 30 minutes to degorge (the salt leeches out any bitterness and excess liquid). Rinse and pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Heat a little oil in the frying pan, and cook the eggplant until tender. If you use the oven, brush the eggplant with oil and oven it until tender. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in the frying pan, and cook garlic and shallot until fragrant.
  4. Add tomato and chili. Stir it for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the mince pork, and stir it for 5 minutes or until cooked through. Add sugar, salt and pepper to your preferences.
  6. Add sambal oelek/cobek/terasi or pureed chili and tomato sauce. Stir it for another 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add the eggplant. Stir it for another 2-3 minutes.

Preparation time (duration): 30

Culinary tradition: Indonesian, Chinese

Please leave your comment/suggestion if you find this recipe useful. Can’t wait to hear from you and Thank You!!!

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2 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 August 27


    Thanks heaps for this post, the photo looks great.
    And I love that dish!

    I can’t wait to try out your recipe after exams!

    Thanks again,
    I’ll be revisiting your site ;)

    • 2009 August 31
      linda permalink

      Thanks for visiting my site. Please do try my recipe. Let me know the outcome or anything you would like to know ;)

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