Crispy Eggplant with Pork Floss

Crispy Eggplant with Pork Floss, also known as “Yu Xiang Qie Zi,” is a cherished zi char delicacy known for its delightful fusion of flavors and contrasting textures. This dish features tender slices of eggplant, deep-fried to a golden crispiness and adorned with savory pork floss. The marriage of the smoky eggplant’s melt-in-the-mouth texture and the umami-rich pork floss creates a harmonious medley that tantalizes the taste buds. Loved for its unique taste and satisfying crunch, Crispy Eggplant with Pork Floss has established itself as a well-liked zi char favorite, offering a blend of textures and tastes that continues to captivate diners seeking an indulgent yet balanced culinary experience. 

Why People Love Crispy Eggplant with Pork Floss:

People love this dish for various reasons. The first is its crispy texture, which makes it an ideal dish to accompany a bowl of steaming rice. The eggplant is coated with a light batter, then deep-fried until golden brown and crispy. The pork floss adds an extra layer of texture to the dish, making it even more enjoyable to eat.

The second reason why people love this dish is its unique flavour profile. The combination of the savoury pork floss with the sweet and slightly bitter eggplant creates a unique umami taste that is simply irresistible. The dish is also quite versatile and can be enjoyed as an appetiser or a main course. 

What You Need For Your Crispy Eggplant with Pork Floss:

Making Crispy Eggplant with Pork Floss yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 2 medium-sized eggplants 
  • 50g of pork floss 
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper 
  • 1/4 cup of water 
  • Oil for deep frying

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2-3 people 

How To Cook Crispy Eggplant with Pork Floss

Step 1

Wash the eggplants and slice them into 1 cm thick pieces. Set them aside.

Step 2

In a bowl, mix the cornstarch, all-purpose flour, salt, and white pepper.

Step 3

Gradually add water to the flour mixture while stirring continuously until it forms a smooth batter.

Step 4

Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat.

Step 5

Dip the eggplant slices in the batter, making sure they are evenly coated.

Step 6

Place the coated eggplant slices in the hot oil and fry until they turn golden brown and crispy.

Step 7

Remove the fried eggplant slices from the oil and place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Step 8

Top the fried eggplant slices with pork floss and serve hot. 

Serving Crispy Eggplant with Pork Floss with Other Dishes 

Crispy Eggplant with Pork Floss can be served as a standalone appetiser or as part of a larger meal. In many Asian cuisines, it is often served alongside steamed rice and other vegetable or meat dishes, such as stir-fried greens or braised pork belly. 

It can also be served as a side dish for noodle soups or congee. Some people enjoy dipping the eggplant in a sweet chilli sauce or soy sauce for extra flavour. 

Nutritional/Health Benefits 

  1. Plant-Based Nutrients: Eggplant is a low-calorie vegetable rich in dietary fiber, which supports digestion, helps maintain steady blood sugar levels, and promotes a feeling of fullness. 
  2. Antioxidant Content: Eggplant contains compounds like anthocyanins, which have antioxidant properties that help protect cells from oxidative stress and inflammation. 
  3. Moderate Carbohydrates: While eggplant contains carbohydrates, they are relatively low, making it suitable for those aiming to manage their carbohydrate intake. 
  4. Essential Nutrients: Eggplant provides vitamins and minerals like vitamin K for bone health and potassium for fluid balance and nerve function. 
  5. Lean Protein: Pork floss offers a lean source of protein that supports muscle growth and repair, immune function, and various bodily processes. 
  6. Flavorful Topping: Pork floss adds a burst of savory flavor to the dish, enhancing satisfaction without the need for excessive added fats or sodium. 
  7. Texture Contrast: The combination of crispy eggplant and soft pork floss creates a delightful textural contrast that enhances the eating experience. 
  8. Balanced Meal Component: When accompanied by a variety of vegetables and perhaps some lean protein, Crispy Eggplant with Pork Floss can contribute to a balanced meal with a variety of nutrients. 
  9. Occasional Indulgence: While deep-frying the eggplant adds some calories, enjoying this dish occasionally as a treat can be part of a balanced approach to eating.

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

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