Sichuan Chilli Aubergine with Meat Free Mince

I love this dish as either a starter or a light lunch and it’s so easy to make! I used to make this with the aubergines only, which you can also do, but recently I started adding meat-free mince to it for some extra texture. I have tried so many brands but the one which I have really enjoyed cooking with is The Meatless Farm Co’s Meat Free Mince. It’s great if you are trying to eat less meat and want to incorporate protein to your dishes.

Ingredients:

  • Sesame oil – 3 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 large aubergine cut into batons
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated 
  • 2 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Chilli Garlic Sauce or chilli bean paste 
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese wine
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 100 grams of The Meatless Farm Meat-Free Mince or any other meat-free mince.

Method

  1. In a pan, heat up the oil and fry the aubergine on medium heat for around 6 minutes. Remove the aubergine and set aside.
  2. Now add the Sichuan peppercorns and the onions in to the same pan (add a little bit more oil if needed) and after around 4 minutes add the garlic, ginger and either the chilli garlic sauce or chilli bean paste, depending on which one you are using.
  3. Stir this for around 3-4 minutes and then add the soy sauce, Chinese wine, aubergines and the mince.
  4. Mix this all up and keep stirring.
  5. Add 1/4 cup water and cover the pan and let this cook for a few minutes and then dish it up in a serving plate and garnish with spring onions.

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About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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