As I was planning our wee household’s menu, I thought tortang talong (eggplant omelette) was a brilliant idea. It was easy, healthy, cheap and, of course, yummeh. Today, I proved that cooking tortang talong isn’t as easy as it seems to be…
I really thought that tortang talong only involved dunking the eggplants into egg and then frying the damn thing in the pan. And it turns out that I forgot one important part of the whole process: roasting / boiling the eggplants. Drat. You literally have to get your hands dirty here. See what I mean?
- Eggplants, the long thin kind. Well, you can buy the short and stout ones if you fancy that.
- Uncooked scrambled eggs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: ground pork or, in my case, corned beef
- Roast / boil the eggplants whole with skin and all. The roasting / boiling should help peel off the eggplant skin easily. If roasting on an open fire (like I did), let the roasted eggplants steam for a while. I place them in a covered container to help the skin peel off easier. I’m not so sure how you do it if you boil it. Any ideas?
- Then, peel off the skin of the eggplants! This is where your hands will get dirty!
- Once you’ve removed all the skin, butterfly the eggplants and mash the innards to create an eggplant fan like so…
- Then dunk the eggplants in the uncooked scrambled egg mixture. Make sure to season the eggs with a little salt and pepper to taste.
- Then fry the egg bathed eggplants in a pan. Each side will take 3-5 minutes, depending on the fatness of your eggplant fans. The fatter they are, the longer cooking time per side.
- OPTIONAL: For those of you who would like to add some meat to the tortang talong, first, you have to make sure that the meat is precooked. I used corned beef, so I did not have to do any additional cooking step. I just spooned some corned beef on each eggplant and fried them away.
- To enjoy, eat with some ketchup (This is perhaps the only time I prefer to use Banana Ketchup, but tomato ketchup would do) and lots of plain rice!
This ends the not-so-easy recipe of the humble tortang talong! A hand salute to those brave tortang talong cooks, who get their hands very dirty everyday
Delirious about delicious,