This is easy, doesn't require any special ingredients, and is found all over Jakarta. Sabrina's, the locally renowned warung down the street from the Post, makes a version that leaves me speechless (of course, that's easier in Indonesian ...).
This recipe is stolen and slightly modified from asiarecipe.com.
- 1 lg Eggplant
- 3 Garlic cloves, sliced or chopped
- 4 tb Onion or Shallot, chopped
- 1 1/2 c fresh Tomatoes, diced or just smushed into the bowl with your hands (the more fun method)
- 1 t Sugar
- 1 t Salt
- 2 ts fresh minced hot chili peppers or hot chili sauce, to taste
- 1/2 c Water
- 2 tb Vegetable oil
Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the onion, garlic, tomatoes, salt, sugar, peppers and water and mash with a wooden spoon until it forms a coarse paste. Fry the tomato paste in the oil until the liquid is reduced (about 10 minutes). Pour the sauce over the eggplant and serve with rice. Eat voraciously.