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.
Filipino eggplant omelette
Nope, we don’t chop the eggplants up and throw them in with eggs like how you would a Spanish omelette. Tortang talong is made with grilled eggplant that is then squished, then topped with ground pork, then fried. It’s delicious.
Say yes to ketchup
Filipinos are known for being rice fans so yes, eggplant omelette is typically eaten with rice but it’s so filling that we’ve learned (yup, we had to unlearn eating rice) to eat it on its own or with a side of potatoes or salad.
But one thing we can’t (don’t want to) unlearn? Eating torta with ketchup. Don’t ask why, I don’t know either. But tortang talong is traditionally eaten with ketchup. Hope you try this much-loved Filipino dish!
Did you make eggplant omelette? Tell me about it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear all about it.
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