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Cambodian Grilled Eggplant with Minced Pork Recipe. Copyright © 2020 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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Cambodian Grilled Eggplant with Minced Pork Recipe – How to Make Chha Trob

This Cambodian grilled eggplant with minced pork recipe makes a delicious Cambodian dish that’s called chha trob for short in Khmer. The eggplant is char-grilled so it has a wonderful smoky flavour, while the minced pork, stir-fried with fermented soybeans, is a little funky, a little salty, and a little sweet.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Sharing
Cuisine: Cambodian / Khmer
Servings: 4
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Terence Carter


  • 2 eggplants large ones, often called graffiti or Sicilian
  • 300 g pork mince
  • 3 tbsp fermented soybeans
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 5 pieces spring onion sliced finely, for garnish
  • 1 pinch salt to taste
  • 1 pinch pepper to taste


  • Prick the eggplants all over with a fork. Brush the eggplants with vegetable oil and place on a wire rack in the oven on 180˚C.
  • Cook the eggplants and turn them every 10 minutes, until the skin has noticeably softened.
  • Grill the eggplants still whole on a BBQ until the exterior of the eggplants are charred.
  • Allow the eggplants to cool a little and while they’re cooling make the mince mixture.
  • Add the oil to a wok over medium-high heat. Add the minced pork and when coloured add all the other ingredients and cook until fragrant. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  • Once the eggplants have cooled, peel the eggplants and slice through the middle. Splay the eggplants out and top with the mince.
  • Garnish with spring onions.


Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 797mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg