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Aug 4, 2007 03:09 PM

Best Eggplant dish?

Who's the king or queen of eggplant in L.A.? I mean where eggplant is the star of the dish.

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  1. I hope you had a chance to try the eggplant stuffed with shrimp paste when you had your sublime dim sum experience at 888. If you didn't, please head back to the SGV and give it a whirl. In fact, you could probably go to just about any respectable Chinese eatery that offers some kind of eggplant dish that most eggplant lovers would enjoy. Probably the most common ways to prepare eggplant is to braise, stew, or stir-fry it with garlic, black bean sauce, some sort of pork, and chile of some sort for a little heat.

    The Japanese typically cook eggplant with miso paste. It's simple but the two marry well together. I've eaten it pickled as well, which goes well with the customary bowl of steamed short-grain rice.

    What I like in particular about the Chinese and Japanese eggplant varieties is that they are wonderfully creamy in texture, on the sweet side, and the skins are very much edible - a plus for those lazy like me who hate peeling.

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      I had the stuffed eggplant, and it was *divine*!

      1. re: Diana

        Good job, Diana... And that's just the tip of the eggplant!

        1. re: bulavinaka

          At Orris on Sawtelle,Yamashiro from time to time puts on the menu a beautiful stuffed with foie gras Japanese eggplant in a miso sauce.

    2. Kashk-e-bademjan and borani (bademjan) are two eggplant appetizers that can be found at most Persian restaurants in LA. Both are good. I think Shamshiri Grill in West LA serves good borani.

      There is also a dish called gheymeh bademjan (yellow split peas, eggplant and meat in a tomato based sauce) that is delicious over Persian rice. I usually eat this at home, but it may be on the menu at some Persian restaurants.

      1. The stir-fried eggplant at Chang's Garden, but only if you enjoy spicy food and a pool of fluorescent red glow staring back at you.

        Chang's Garden
        627 W Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91007

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          How about eggplant in garlic sauce? Is this similar to what is offered at Chang's Garden?

          1. re: katkoupai

            No. Chang's eggplant dish is chili oil based.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            I do, I do!

            Too bad arcadia is a bit far away.

            Any good aubergine dishes in LA, Santa Monica, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Venice, Malibu, Redondo Beach (a bit far) Pasadena or the SFV?

            I live in Sherman Oaks.

            I had a marvelous eggplant stuffed with fontina and baked with parmesian and tomato sauce at Il Tiramisu!

            I love baba ganouj and japanese eggplant dishes, Indian dishes, and more!

            I'll try all types of cuisines!

            Any other standouts?

            Sanwiches, Salads, Sides, Mains, Appetizers, heck even desserts, if they exist.

            I love eggplant so much, I have a jar of eggplant sweet preserves!

          3. My favorite eggplant dish is at Suehiro in Little Tokyo... their house special...


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              1. re: Diana

                Big chunks of Japanese Eggplant in Miso Sauce. It's simple, hearty, and SO yummy!


            1. I love the moussaka at Alexis in Northridge.

              For a quick fix, the eggplant parm at Trader Joes is damn good.

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              1. re: markn

                Oh yes!!! I completely forgot about the Eggplant Parm at Vitos... EXCELLENT!!