This dish is delicious in my opinion and very easy to make. It is flavored with some thai seven-spice which is a spice mix usually containing at least chilli, lemon zest, coriander, garlic and ginger, sometimes it contains also star anise, cloves, black pepper etc.
In the traditional version they use some egg whites, but since I don’t eat eggs I usually use soy milk. I have once made these with just water as the wet ingredient and it worked just fine, but I still feel that soy milk works better. An egg-replacer like no-egg would probably also work.
A simple sweet chili sauce is delicious as a dipping sauce with these, but some chili mayonnaise is even better.
- 1 medium sized aubergine
-1 cup or 2,4 dl soy milk
-1/2 cup or 1,2 dl cornflour
-1-2 tbls thai seven-spice
-1 tsp salt
-oil for deep-frying
Mix the seven spice, salt and cornflour together in a small bowl. Pour the soy milk into another bowl. Slice the aubergine into thin slices. Dip the aubergine slices in the soy milk and then in the corn flour; use one hand for the soy milk and the other for the cornflour, otherwise you will have a huge mess and cornflour clumps on your hands.
Heat the oil in a wok or in a saucepan. When the oil is hot enough start adding the coated aubergine slices into it and fry them. I usually use 5 minutes for each batch to make sure they turn out really crispy. After frying put the aubergine slices on some kitchen paper so that it absorbs the excess oil. Serve them hot with some chili mayonnaise or some sweet and sour sauce (any kind of chili sauce you prefer will do).
-1/2 cup mayonnaise, bought or self-made
-4 tbls sweet chili sauce
-1 minced garlic (or more, I use 2-3 cloves)
-1 tsp tomato paste
-1/2 tsp crushed aniseed
-some minced or dried chili (very optional, I just like really hot food and so I add some chili even to something like this)
Mix everything together and let it sit in the fridge for 15-30 minutes before serving.
On a side note, I just got myself some herbs for the summer, I’m getting a bit exited about summer already.
I bought thyme-
And lastly some peppermint, I have kept this plant next to my computer since I read somewhere that it should help keep you from getting that tired feeling when you are near a computer screen and it has actually done just that. Maybe this is a placebo effect, but I’m not complaining.
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