How "Italian Eggplant" Divided Us, and Then United Us in Love | Speaking of China

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  1. ManilaMemories
    ManilaMemories April 11, 2017 at 6:58 am | | Reply

    Perfectly lovely recollection! As a guy who enjoys cooking, I’m certainly a big fan of couples doing it, as a team! As the saying goes, “The family that cooks together, stays together!”

  2. Nicki Chen
    Nicki Chen April 11, 2017 at 7:38 am | | Reply

    I agree with ManilaMemories. It’s nice when both of you know how to cook so you can trade off, and even better when you can cook together.

    Jocelyn, I was expecting you to say that when Jun made Italian eggplant, he made some small adjustments hoping you’d like his version. Instead, he decided it was more important to please you.

  3. ManilaMemories
    ManilaMemories April 11, 2017 at 11:40 am | | Reply

    Hmmm…now you have me thinking about whipping something similar…Ill check out recipes online! 🙂

  4. ManilaMemories
    ManilaMemories April 11, 2017 at 11:42 am | | Reply

    Incidentally, I know of one AMWF couple and cooking together seems to be one of their passions!

  5. ManilaMemories
    ManilaMemories April 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm | | Reply

    I must admit though, the idea of a tomato-eggplant dish is a new one for me. It has never registered in my mind that these two could go together….I’m curious to see what different online recipes I can come up with!

  6. Svetlana
    Svetlana April 11, 2017 at 2:11 pm | | Reply

    I swear I read the story in the past 🙂 but still, a wonderful story

  7. Christine
    Christine April 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm | | Reply

    Cute story!! 😀

    1. ManilaMemories
      ManilaMemories April 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm | | Reply

      Hi Christine!
      Btw, I enjoy your blog and in particular, a couple of posts entitled “What Would Attract a White Girl to an Asian Guy?” and the follow-up “What would Attract THIS White Girl to an Asian Guy.” Some of your observations and recollections really struck a chord that it has inspired me to begin writing down my own thoughts based in part on what you wrote.

  8. Blue Sky Country
    Blue Sky Country April 12, 2017 at 4:26 am | | Reply

    Tomatoes are not only part of the eggplant family, both of these are highly rich in antioxidants and compounds that help the body fight off cancer cells. Many Chinese dishes called Qiang Qiang Lian Shou are crafted to include two or more ingredients with high nutrient value to produce a supplemental effect. One of these is Broccoli and garlic stirfried together.

  9. Marta
    Marta April 13, 2017 at 4:04 pm | | Reply

    I love eggplant! Will you share the recipe? 😉

  10. Blue Sky Country
    Blue Sky Country April 13, 2017 at 11:27 pm | | Reply

    I´ll tell you about another one that is actually one of the best. Here in the US a lot of mainland Chinese shows are broadcast on two New York channels and one of those my family watches all the time is Health Kitchen. This one is asparagus and a certain kind of mushroom called Xing Bao Gu. (I am not sure of the English name for it but if it is available here in NY Chinatown it should be even easier to obtain in Hangzhou. Both the asparagus and Xingbao gu are sliced up and then stir fried with slivers of ginger thrown in. According to the resident doctor always present on the show, this kind of combo brings out all of the antioxidants present in asparagus that protects the kidneys. In the US kidney disease is very prevalent among Chinese due to working extremely long hours and failure to get enough rest so when this dish was introduced both asparagus and Xingbaogu became high demand items. My family just made it two days ago.

  11. Nelson Enbg
    Nelson Enbg April 19, 2017 at 3:00 am | | Reply

    i just tried this dish and it is delicious !!!!!!!!! now i know how to cook eggplants !!!! ( i used to cook just eggplants with garlic, with salt and pepper ). for this dish, i used the chinese sweetened black vinegar, not the white vinegar.
    do you have any more recipes to shares ??
    thank you!!!

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