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    Thai Basil Eggplant

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    Your Gourmet Girlfriend's Note:

    Simple to make. Authentic Thai. Very delicious!

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    • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
    • 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 Japanese eggplants (or 1 big purple, peeled and cut into pieces)
    • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 bunch basil, preferably Thai basil, washed and stems removed
    • 2 Thai chiles, minced (optional)


    1. 1
      Peel eggplant if desired (I don't). Cut into irregular shapes but same sizes. That makes them easier to turn and keeps them from sticking to the pan.
    2. 2
      Heat wok over med-high heat. Add oil, peppers and garlic. Cook until garlic becomes lightly browned, 1-2 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add eggplant and stir. Add 1/2 cup water cover and simmer 5 minutes, until eggplant has soaked up most of the water and becomes translucent. You may need to add more water as it cooks.
    4. 4
      Add fish sauce and sugar. Stir gently. Turn off the heat and add the basil stir gently.
    5. 5
      Serve immediately.
    6. 6
      Really good with jasmine rice :O.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 08, 2009


      If you using regular American eggplant, you should definitely sweat the eggplant slices for about 20-30 minutes before cooking. I doubled this recipe and added pork to it. I should have just doubled the fish sauce instead of going with 3 tablespoons because it was a bit too salty but still very good. Would definitely make this again and just keep it to 1-2 tbsps of fish sauce. Also, the Thai basil is essential or else you won't have the authentic flavor.

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    • on May 10, 2011


      Love love love it! Very tasty, very authentic, and so simple.

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    • on November 30, 2010


      Loved this. Used a regular eggplant cut in 1 inch cubes (might do smaller next time) and only had jalapenos. Other than that, made as written, definitely Thai basil makes it!

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    Nutritional Facts for Thai Basil Eggplant

    Serving Size: 1 (313 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 113.1
    Calories from Fat 35
    Total Fat 3.9 g
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 712.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.3 g
    Sugars 9.9 g
    Protein 3.3 g

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