Sweet and Sour Eggplant with Crispy Garlic Chips Indulgence


Embark on a flavorful journey with our Sweet and Sour Eggplant with Crispy Garlic Chips Indulgence, a dish that perfectly balances the rich, umami flavors of eggplant with the vibrant zing of a sweet and sour sauce. Topped with golden, crispy garlic chips, this dish is a symphony of textures and tastes, making every bite an unforgettable experience. Ideal for those who love to explore the depth of Asian cuisine or anyone seeking a deliciously unique vegetarian option, this eggplant dish is sure to impress with its bold flavors and satisfying crunch.

Sweet and Sour Eggplant with Crispy Garlic Chips Indulgence

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: Approximately 150 grams (5.3 ounces)

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 180 kcal
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Sodium: 300 mg


  • 2 large eggplants, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • For the Sweet and Sour Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced garlic and fry until golden and crisp. Remove the garlic chips and set aside on a paper towel to drain.
  2. In the same pan, add the remaining vegetable oil and the eggplant pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the eggplant is soft and golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, tomato paste, and dissolved cornstarch.
  4. Return the eggplant to the pan and pour the sweet and sour sauce over it. Stir well to coat all the eggplant pieces. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
  5. Plate the sweet and sour eggplant and top with crispy garlic chips. Garnish with fresh cilantro and sesame seeds before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Keep the heat at a medium level when frying garlic to avoid burning.
  • For a deeper flavor, consider roasting the eggplant pieces before adding them to the sauce.
  • Adjust the sweetness or sourness of the sauce according to your taste by tweaking the amount of sugar or vinegar.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this dish gluten-free?

Yes, use tamari or a gluten-free soy sauce to make this dish gluten-free.

Can I use a different vegetable instead of eggplant?

Certainly! Zucchini or bell peppers make great substitutes.

How can I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently, preferably on the stove.

The Sweet and Sour Eggplant with Crispy Garlic Chips Indulgence is a testament to the joy of exploring flavors and textures in cooking. This dish, with its harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and umami, topped with the irresistible crunch of garlic chips, is a celebration of vegetarian cuisine at its best. Invite this delightful experience to your table and let the rich, bold flavors whisk you away on a culinary adventure that promises to enchant with every bite.