Eggplant (talong) is one of those vegetables that don’t excite adults and children that much.
However, my father found a way to make eggplant or talong exciting. One of the dishes he makes out of eggplant is called Tortang Talong or Eggplant Torta. ( In the Philippines, particularly among Northern and Tagalog-speaking provinces and islands, ‘torta’ refers to a kind of omelette made with eggs, ground meat and sometimes minced onion and potato.
In Visayas and Mindanao, ‘torta’ refers to a sponge cake made with flour, egg yolks, milk, and salt. It resembles a large cupcake. Often served as dessert with butter, sugar, and/or cheese on top. It is sometimes referred to as ‘torta mamon’, ‘mamon’, or ‘puto mamon‘ to distinguish it from the Tagalog definition of ‘torta’. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torta)
The other dish he makes from eggplant is simply grilled eggplant.
In this blog we will explore the simple grilled eggplant or inihaw na talong with its amazing sidedish boiled egg and tomatoes (nilagang itlog at kamatis). This dish is what I usually prepare for breakfast when my projects and productions require me to go to the province.
This, my good friends, is simple cooking at its finest.
Please take note that I did not specify the number amount per ingredient. Everything depends on how many you are preparing for or how hungry you really are.
BOILING THE EGGS AND TOMATOES:
1. Heat the water.
2. WASH THE EGGS AND TOMATOES then place all in the pan.
3. Boil for 8-10 minutes or until the flesh of the tomatoes break.
GRILLING THE EGGPLANTS:
1. Heat the grilling pan.
2. Slice the eggplants lengthwise.
3. Drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
5. Place in grill pan. Turn every so often(every 3-5 minutes) so as to not burn the eggplants.
1. Peel the eggs, and remove the skin of the tomatoes.
2. In a bowl, mash the eggs and tomatoes together. Add a little salt.
3. Put the grilled eggplant (inihaw na talong) of a plate or platter, and serve with soy sauce with lemon (better yet with Philippine kalamansi).
4. Serve with fried rice, or steamed rice!
Enjoy the simplicity of this meal. Cheers!