I went for the other solution, combining the eggplant with minced pork. The taste turned out as great as the original version, if not better! There is no fish or seafood in the dish. For those who like meat, this recipe below is your best choice! Yu Xiang Qie Zi (Sichuanese Fried Eggplant) Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food restaurant in New York shared his eggplant frying technique for this classic Sichuan dish. In traditional Yu Xiang eggplant, mince meat is usually used to enhance flavour. In fact, the dish is often made vegetarian, though a small amount of ground pork is a popular addition as well. Each cuisine has its own specialties. The crispy eggplant is served with a pungent Szechuan-style spicy garlic sauce. The “fish” in the name of this “fish fragrant” eggplant 鱼香茄子 (yú xiāng qié zǐ), refers to flavors that are used for cooking fish in Sìchuān 四川. Baobao. Soft, slightly sweet and sour, fragrant . I highly recommend to try the vegetarian version too even you are not vegetarian. Print Recipe Pin Recipe. To try this, you can simply leave the meat off the recipe. https://www.saveur.com/.../chinese-spicy-garlic-eggplant-yu-xiang-qie-zi Growing up in Beijing, I’m confident and proud to say that Chinese cuisine has many great eggplant dishes. The pictures shown here is Yu-Xiang eggplant without meat. Sichuan (Szechuan) Yu Xiang Eggplant 四川鱼香茄子. Grilled Eggplant with Yu Xiang Sauce (鱼香烤茄子) Jump to Recipe Print Recipe. Yu Xiang Eggplant vegetarian. For vegetarian version, I tried to use button mushroom cubes instead of mince meat. Yu-Xiang Eggplant with Minced Meat, Sichuan Style . A vegetarian dish that is so satisfying that it can be served as a main.