The Filipino eggplant omelette (tortang talong) brings together the smokey, sweet taste of grilled eggplant and the homey flavour of meaty omelette. Eat it with rice, on its own, with potatoes, but ask any Filipino – always with ketchup!
Summer isn’t just about all these glorious fruits. Let’s not forget the wonderful vegetables in season too! Visit your weekend farmer’s market and there’s an abundance of greens and yellows and yes, purples.
My eggplant vs. your eggplant
Eggplants in the Philippines look very different from eggplants here. There, they are skinny and about a foot long and are a lighter, brighter violet. Here, eggplants are as big as my head. As fat as papayas, almost. When I first arrived (FOB alert) I actually had a picture taken with an eggplant to send to my mom. I don’t remember anymore if she was as amused as I was.
Eggplants are a staple Filipino vegetable – it’s put in stews and grilled and fried and pickled. Here, Red and I (ok, mostly Red…fine, all Red) have made eggplant lasagna and eggplant parmesan and all other fancy eggplant dishes. But we always return to the one we grew up eating – the tortang talong or eggplant omelette….