Omsom’s Spicy Chinese Eggplant

// Omsom’s Spicy Chinese Eggplant

Prep Time

8 mins

Cook Time

4-5 mins

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Omsom takes this eggplant dish to another flavor-packed level! We like Japanese eggplants in this recipe for their thin skins that soften beautifully in the microwave.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

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What You’ll Need

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The Medium Shallow Dish


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-2 Japanese eggplants, cut into into 4” lengths
  • 1 (1.8 ounce) Omsom Chinese Mala Salad Starter
  • Sesame seeds, for serving (optional)
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced (optional)


  1. Add the garlic, oil, and eggplant in the Anyday and mix well. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave 3-4 minutes, or until the eggplant is tender.
  2. Add the Omsom Chinese Mala Salad Starter, mix well, and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Garnish with sesame seeds and thinly sliced scallions on top, if desired.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • If eggplant is not available, you may substitute it with zucchini.
  • Add shredded chicken or tofu for a complete meal.

Recipe notes

  • For more products, visit the Omsom website.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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