Eggplant dipping sauce is one of my all-time favorite dipping sauces. Roasted eggplant brings great texture and flavor to this easy, sweet, and spicy sauce.

In Laos, this dipping sauce is known as jaew mak khua(ແຈ່ວໝາກ​ເຂືອ), which simply means eggplant dipping sauce. It is usually served alongside other dishes for a meal or just with greens and rice.

Eggplant and shallot should be roasted ahead of time and peeled, then the dipping sauce can be assembled by simply pounding ingredients together with a mortar and pestle.

Eggplant dipping sauce goes well with rice, long bean, wing bean, and even roasted peanut.

recipe

(serves 2)

2 clove garlic
4 bird’s eye chili
1 tsp salt
2 shallot, roasted
8 stem coriander
1 tbsp palm sugar
1 large eggplant or 8 small eggplant, roasted and peeled
1 lime juice (optional)

• pound garlic, chili, salt, shallot, coriander stem, sugar
• add eggplant, lime, coriander leaf
• serve