You’d never have thought that Chinese cuisine would naturally produce delicious Keto burgers, but there it is! This has been one of my favorite dishes growing up in a Chinese household, and I’m really excited to finally share it with you.
A better translation of the traditional Chinese dish is probably Eggplant. buns but honestly, it’s like mini burgers that use eggplant slices as the “buns.”
There’s usually a flavorful pork filling (although you can use chicken or beef instead). And the entire thing is either pan-fried or steamed and then served with a dipping sauce.
The dipping sauce traditionally includes soy sauce, rice vinegar, diced garlic, and toasted sesame oil.
It might sound like an odd dish if you’re unused to it, but it’s really quite delicious!
- Cut the eggplants into 1-inch thick slices. Then make a small cut through them to form “burger buns” that are still joined together.
- Mix the ground pork, green onions, ginger, tamari sauce, salt, and pepper together. Stuff this meat mixture into the “buns.”
- Steam for 20 minutes.
- To make the dipping sauce, mix together the garlic, tamari sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar in a small bowl.
- Serve the cooked eggplant burgers with the dipping sauce.