Recipe: Steamed Eggplants 

As all of us are at home all of the time, either getting “cabin fever’ pacing up and down, the telly no longer charms, gardening is out of the question as you live in a flat and reading gets tedious, how about getting into the kitchen and whip up some delectables (we hope they will be!!) which are readily available and which most of my dear readers can purchase, even under the current MCO.

Preparing food and cooking is known to be a calming activity, engaging the mind as well as the body. And as cooking for the family is all that is asked for during this stressful period, I will be posting recipes here on a daily basis for you to experiment with during the days ahead.

I cajoled my dear friend Margarita Lee (Ipohite) who currently lives in Sydney and who used to contribute recipes in these pages in the early days of Ipoh Echo, to ferret in her voluminous log of recipes and share some with us. Here is one of her easy recipes:

Steamed Eggplants 

by Margarita Lee

Margarita Lee


  • 4 Eggplants 


  • 1 tbsp Minced garlic
  • ½ tbsp Minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp Spring onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese black vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Drizzle of Sesame sauce
  • ½ tbsp Minced chilli
  • 3 tbsp Oil 
Photo by Margarita Lee


  1. Select four long and skinny eggplants.
  2. Chop the eggplants into halves and steam for 10 minutes on high heat.
  3. Remove the skin and seeds of the eggplant after steaming and plate. 
  4. Add the minced garlic, ginger, spring onions, chillies, sugar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and black vinegar into a bowl. Mix well. 
  5. Heat oil in a wok and add the sizzling oil into the mixture. Mix well.
  6. Drizzle the sauce onto the plated eggplants and add a splash of sesame sauce to taste.
  7. Enjoy!


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SeeFoon Chan-Koppen has been writing a food column called Musings on Food in the Ipoh Echo since 2009. It is widely read both in print as well as online which receives more than 1 million hits a month. Her forte is in communications, having honed her skills after graduating from the University of Singapore where she worked for the Straits Times Group and was a food critic for the New Nation. Her knowledge of food and cooking come from more than 30 years in the hotel industry based in Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and subsequently Kuala Lumpur. During this time, she has travelled all over the world and eaten at the best and worst restaurants. She is totally intimate with the subtleties and nuances of most cuisines of the world having been involved in opening over 50 hotels throughout the Asia/Pacific region and China where she helped to conceptualize Food and Beverage themes and critiqued on food quality. SeeFoon calls herself a global citizen and now chooses the serenity and friendliness of Ipoh to the bright lights of the many cities she has lived in. She also loves the food in Ipoh and is passionate about telling the world about it.

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