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About this recipe: Aubergine or egg-plant is in season now. I am pretty sure aubergines don't grow here unless in controlled environment. A lot of vegetables and fruits are imported. So I believe when non-indigenous (or rather those that are not normally grown here) fruits or vegetables are considered to be in season, it means that these fruits or vegetables are in season in their county of origin. E.g, egg-plants are imported from Africa, the Mediterranean, South Africa , and even South America. This recipe is adapted from the Chinese Sichuan egg plant recipe. Instead of deep frying the egg plant, I boiled it so that it is lower in calories. I use only store cupboard ingredients (except for the egg plant, of course), and you save time mincing and chopping the ingredients. This recipe is super easy. Belachan is dried shrimp paste used in Southeast Asian cooking. If you do not have shrimp paste, you can use fish sauce. Just check the taste before you plate up.