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Di San Xian (地三鲜)

Here comes one of my favorite dishes again. I found a type of Chinese green chili in the supermarket the other day. The specialty of this green chili is the skin is thinner than green pepper. It taste crispier, spicier and also a bit sweet. Good choice to make this dish.

1, Cut eggplant, potato and green chilies into small chunks.

2, Heat oil in the pan. More oil will be used in this dish cos potato and eggplant need to be deep fried.

3, Fry potato first, when they turn a bit golden on the edge, add in eggplant. Fry till eggplant turns brownish color.

4, Pour the extra oil out. Add in green chili and onion (optional).

5, Stir fry till aromatic. 

6, Add in 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tsp sugar. Stir fry evenly.

7, Sprinkle in chopped garlic and stir fry a bit.

8, Season with salt. If you want to color to be brighter, you can also use starch solution.


Omelette (with filling)

For the fillings, I use chicken, eggplant, onion and carrot.


Chicken 50g

small eggplant  1

small carrot 1

small onion 1/2

light soy sauce 2 tsp

oyster sauce 1 tsp

salt 1/2 tsp

sugar 1/2 tsp

  1. Cut chicken, eggplant, carrot, onion into dice. Put eggplant into a plate and sprinkle some salt. Let it stay for 10 mins. Then squeeze the water out.
  2. Heat a pan, Add in 1 tbsp oil. Chicken in first. When chicken is no more pinkish, add in carrot, eggplant and onion. Stir fry for about 2 mins.
  3. Add in light soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt and sugar. Stir fry evenly. Juice of vegetable will come out. Simmer for 3 mins. Then set aside.
  4. Heat the pan again. Add in 1 tbsp oil. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl, whisk very finely. When oil is hot. Pour the egg in.
  5. Use the chopsticks to push egg to the center. Then a big egg disc will be formed. When the bottom is a bit brownish, Add fillings to the center. Gently cover it by folding the edges towards the center.
  6. Flip it with the help of spatula.  Fry for another minute.
  7. Serve with chili sauce.

Sambal Chili Sauce Eggplant

  1. Prepare a big eggplant. Cut into pieces. Put them in a big bowl. Sprinkle salt over them and leave it there for about 15 mins. Water will come out. Squeeze eggplants to get all the water out. This step will make eggplant absorb  less oil.
  2. Add oil, a bit more than usual into the pan. Fry eggplants till the edges turn golden brown. Take them out and set aside for later use.
  3. Heat the pan again. Add in 2 cloves chopped garlic. Stir fry till aromatic.
  4. Add in chicken bites, you can also choose minced pork or beef.
  5. Stir fry till chicken turns slightly golden brown.
  6. Add in 2 tbsp sambal chili sauce. Stir fry evenly.
  7. Add fried eggplants. Season with 1 tsp fish sauce and 1/2 tsp white pepper.
  8. Simmer for 3 mins.
  9. Garnish with chopped spring onion.

Eggplant Noodles

Prepare the ingredients:

1 medium eggplant chop into long slices.

fresh noodles 80g

pork belly 80g cut into small chunks

light soy sauce 2 tsp

dark soy sauce 1 tsp

oyster sauce 1 tsp

sugar 1 tsp

water 1/2 cup


1 stalk chopped spring onion

3 cloves of chopped garlic

1, Heat a pan, add in a little oil. Sear the pork belly first till slightly brownish.

2. Add in eggplant slices. Stir fry till they are soft.

3. All the sauce in. Stir fry evenly.

4. Add in water or stock. Bring to boil .

5. Turn to low heat. cover the lid and simmer for 3 mins.

6. Spread the noodles over eggplant. Cover the lid again and simmer for 3 mins.

7. Lid off. Add in chopped garlic. Toss the noodles to combine with sauce. Turn up the heat. Reduce the sauce and let noodles absorb the sauce. Season with salt if needed.

8. Garnish with spring onion.

My Favorite Vegetable Stir-fry

How much do I love this Di San Xian? Hmmm……. If I have to choose one my favorite stir-fry dish, it must be the one. But I have to say it’s not very healthy, since it consumes too much oil.

The name Di San Xian (地三鲜)Means 3 fresh vegetables from the earth and which are potato, eggplant and green chili.

  1. Heat a pan, add in 1 tablespoon oil. Prepare 2 medium potatoes and chop into slices or small wedges. Fry potato till cooked or the edge turns brownish.
  2. Potatoes out. Add in some more oil, 2-3 tablespoon maybe. Eggplant can absorb a lot oil. Fry the eggplant ( chop 1 eggplant into medium chunks). Fry them till they get really softened and cooked.
  3. Add potatoes back into the pan. Also add in chopped green chili (You can use bell pepper, but I want to add a little spicy taste to the dish, so I chose green chili). Stir fry for a min or two.
  4. Add in 1/2 tsp light soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar. keep stirring and all vegetables will show shiny and brownish color.
  5. Chop 3 cloves of garlic and add in. Stir fry to release garlic’s flavor.
  6. Season with a little salt. and  glaze with a little starch water.


Even my husband fell in love with this dish and He is a MEAT LOVER!!!

Sweet & Sour Fried Eggplant Recipe

  1. Cut eggplant into slices. Soak them in water, also sprinkle in some salt.
  2. Wash several cherry tomatoes. Cut cross at the bottom. Soak them in hot water for a while. Peel them and set aside for later use.
  3. Squeeze the water out of eggplant. Place them in a big bowl. Add in 2-3 tablespoon corn starch.  Shake a little to let eggplant be coated with starch.
  4. Fry eggplant till the starch layer becomes crispy. Set eggplant aside.
  5. Leave a little oil in the pan. Saute chopped garlic till aromatic.
  6. Add in cherry tomatoes with 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 table spoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon light soy sauce and 1 tablespoon water. Simmer a bit to reduce sauce.
  7. Add eggplant in. Stir to let eggplant coated with sauce.
  8. Add in green chili. Stir fry for another minute and ready to serve.


Cheesy Eggplant Croquette

  1. Peel the 1 large eggplant and remove stem. Chop it into small cubes. Also prepare 1/2 chopped onion and 3 cloves of chopped garlic.
  2. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tablespoon oil. Sauté onion and garlic first till aromatic.
  3. Add in eggplant cubes. Stir fry till softened. Season with salt and black pepper. Make sure eggplant is completely cooked.
  4. Place eggplant in a big bowl. Beat in one egg. Add chopped spring onion or parsley. Also add in 2 tablespoon bread crumbs.
  5. Take a spoonful eggplant in the palm. Stuff in cheese. Then close it up. You can make it into ball shape too.
  6. Coat eggplant croquettes in bread crumbs. And fry till golden brown.

I really love them.

Dried Noodle with Eggplant Sauce

Recently, noodles become the most frequently-seen dish on my table. When I am too busy to cook, I turn to noodles. When I don’t know what to eat, I turn to noodles. Noodles are really my good friends.

Eggplant is always my good friend. So I decide to put both of my good friends in one dish. And ……. eat them. 🙂

1. Chop eggplant into medium strips. Black fungus and green chili into shreds. Also prepare chopped garlic.

2. Heat a little oil in the pan. Fry fish Ngoh Hiang slices a bit. You can also choose minced pork.

3. Add in eggplants. Fry till soft.

4. Add in 2 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 1 tsp oyster sauce, and 1 tsp sugar. Mix well.

5. Pour in 1/4 cup water. Also add in black fungus. Simmer a bit.

6. When the water reduces, add in a little starch water.

7. Add in garlic and chili. Quickly stir fry a bit. Season with salt.

Pour eggplant over cooked and drained noodles.

Sweet & Sour Eggplant

Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. Yet, it’s hard to cook eggplant well without frying. This dish also needs frying which means a lot of oil is used.I have to admit that it’s not very healthy, but it’s very delicious.

1. Cut eggplant into cubes. Place them in a big bowl. Add in 2-3 tablespoon flour. Mix eggplant with flour to let them be coated with a little flour.

2. Deep fry eggplant till golden brown. Set aside on kitchen towel tissue to absorb oil.

3. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tsp oil. Sauté 2-3 cloves chopped garlic and 1 chopped red chili till aromatic.

4. Add in 1/2 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1/2 2 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon light soy sauce. Stir well.

5. Put in all the fried eggplant. Stir fry to mix eggplant with sauce till sauce thickened.

Serve hot.


Di San Xian

Di San Xian (地三鲜) is one of my favorite dishes. And it belongs to northeastern Chinese cuisine.

Main ingredients of this dish are three vegetables: eggplant, potato and green pepper.

1. Cut eggplant, potato and pepper into medium chunks.

2. Heat oil in a deep pot. Fry potato till golden brown on the edge. Dish them out. Fry eggplant till soft and brownish. Dish out and fry pepper for 30 seconds.

3. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tsp oil. Sauté chopped garlic and ginger till aromatic.

4. Put all fried vegetables in the pan. Stir fry evenly.

5. Add in 2 tsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce, 2 tsp sugar and 1 tsp salt. Stir fry evenly.

6. At last, pour in corn starch water. Mix evenly and serve hot.