Missy, here. We recently ate a Chinese/Thai restaurant that we enjoy since it's one of the few places nearby where we can still get Thai food--including my favorite, Thai basil rolls.
But today, I'm actually sharing something that truly surprised me. I decided to order a vegetarian dish, eggplant with garlic sauce (I ordered it mild). I'd never had a Chinese eggplant dish. All the eggplant dishes I'd had are peeled. And the eggplants I buy are such a dark purple, they're nearly black.
When the dish came to the table, it had this gorgeous purple eggplant! I'd never seen an eggplant so brightly colored (plus, it had the peel on). While I was eating, I realized (much to my kids' dismay) that I needed to photograph my plate! ;) So that I could share the beauty of it with you.
And then I got home and did some research. I Googled "Asian eggplant" and came up with a variety that looks just like this! It's called Chinese Eggplant hybrid Purple Charm. You can see a photo of the plant here.
It's so fun to discover a new dish you love. I'll definitely order this again (along with my basil rolls).
I haven't had time to try to make this recipe. I don't even know if I could find this type eggplant in town. So I thought I'd share a couple of links to recipes...
A video on YouTube
One thing I noticed is that the dish I ate had additional vegetables like red and green peppers, and I think I remember sliced carrots and onions. You could add just about anything!
Have you ever seen this extremely purple Chinese eggplant?