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Ingredients for Terong Balado - Eggplants with Chili Sauce

Ingredients for Terong Balado - Eggplants with Chili Sauce

Walk into any decent Padang restaurant, and you will be greeted with mountains of delicious food of your choosing. I’m talking rendang sapi, gulai nangka, soto Padang, kalio ayam, ayam pop, ayam bakar, sambal lado, and yup, balado.

Balado is a red hot spicy sauce that you can use to stir fry all kind of food, with prawns, squids, eggs, potatoes, and eggplants being the most popular choice. I’ll share with you how to prepare terong balado (eggplants with chili sauce) in this recipe, but feel free to use it any way you like it.

Terong Balado - Eggplants with Chili Sauce

Terong Balado - Eggplants with Chili Sauce

How to prepare eggplants for a balado

For terong balado, you want to use Chinese eggplants, which are more slender and have softer skin compared to regular US eggplants.

The first thing to do is to remove the stems from the eggplants, then cut into bite-size wedges, and soaked in salty cold water to prevent the flesh from turning brown.

Next step is to deep fry eggplants for 1 to 2 minutes to bring out the color.

The final step is to cook the balado sauce and then stir fry the deep fried eggplants in the sauce.

You will want plenty of steamed white rice to go with your terong balado. Enjoy! ♥