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Terong Balado Istimewa | Hot & Spicy Eggplant

I’m so excited for this recipe! This is a twist on the traditional Indonesian Spicy Eggplant. Eggplant is one of my absolute favorite vegetable. If you love eggplant and if you love spicy food, bingo, this recipe is perfect for you. When you have the first bite of this dish, the juiciness and the spiciness won’t make you stop eating. I tell you, I rarely brag about my food!

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Ingredients
3 Japanese eggplants
½ lbs ground beef
2 Tbs dried shrimp, coarsely chopped with knife or in a chopper
4 clove garlic, minced
4 shallots, minced
1 tomato, diced
1 green pepper, sliced
½ handful basil leaves, coarsely chopped
3-5 Thai bird eye chillies, depend on your spiciness preference
2 tsp Sambal Oelek (ground red chili paste)
1 Tbs red pepper paste/gochujang
1 tsp soysauce
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

Instructions
Preparing the eggplants
Cut the eggplant into 2 big slices.
Divide each slices into two thinner slices horizontally.
With the flesh facing up, line the eggplants on a tray and loosely sprinkle the eggplant flesh with salt.
Leave them for 20-30 minutes, to allow the solanine (a chemical found in the flesh) to leach out, and brush off with a damp cloth.
In a frying pan, heat 1 cup of oil to about 325 degrees F.
Cut the eggplant slices into smaller 1″ pieces.
Fry the eggplant until half cooked and drain on paper towel.

Putting it all together
In a pan, heat oil.
Stir in garlic, shallots, bird’s eye chillies, and dried shrimp.
Add in the ground beef and cook until medium rare.
Put in the red pepper paste and the Sambal Oelek.
Stir in the tomato and mix well.
Add in green pepper slices.
Finally, put in the fried eggplant and mix well.
Add salt, pepper and sugar to taste.
Sprinkle the basil leaves.
Serve with warm steam rice.

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Spaghetti and Meatball

Last night, I was craving for Italian food. I wanted something creamy like alfredo but David is not a big fan of that. The only Italian meal he could stand is probably the Spaghetti & Meatball just because of the meatball 🙂 So I made Spaghetti with Real Meatballs, instead of with the cooked meatball package that I usually did.

I used Ina Garten’s recipe for that and modified it to my taste just a little. I used no ground veal on the meatball because I don’t really have access to buy them. For the fresh white bread crumbs, I used whole wheat bread because that’s what I had on hand. I also added more sugar and chunks of mushroom to the spaghetti sauce to suit my taste.

What I post below is Ina’s recipe without any modification. Oh, and also, her Garlic Bread recipe is also worth trying. Ina’s recipes are definitely my favorites amongst the other Food Network chefs. It suites my taste very well.

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