The Week of the Grill – Grilled Eggplant(Inihaw na Talong)

The Week of the Grill – Grilled Eggplant (Inihaw na Talong)

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’. –

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.


Regular-sized eggplant

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.


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.

LutongBahayLutongTatay Boiled Eggs and Tomatoes


1.  Heat the grilling pan.
2.  Slice the eggplants lengthwise.

Lutong Bahay, Lutong Tatay Grilled Eggplant

3.  Drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Lutong Bahay, Lutong Tatay Grilled Eggplant

5. Place in grill pan. Turn every so often(every 3-5 minutes) so as to not burn the eggplants.

Lutong Bahay, Lutong Tatay


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).

Lutong Bahay, Lutong Tatay Grilled Eggplant

4. Serve with fried rice, or steamed rice!

Enjoy the simplicity of this meal. Cheers!

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