Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

Whenever mom asks me what I want when I come home, eggplant torta is always on the list. Mom has this recipe from a really ancient spiral cookbook with a Filipino dish for everyday of the year.

Ok, mom just pointed out I always request the same three dishes over and over again... hey childhood food is nostalgic! Although science says the olfactory sense is the most connected with memory (limbic system! neuro pathways!), I think it's the gustatory sense for me. 

I didn't think this was a well known dish, just a random mom's home cooking style recipe, but it apparently pops right up in the google search bar when you type "eggplant torta." In Filipino dishes, torta is basically an omelette stuffed with anything. 
To make this dish you 1) cook the eggplant by boiling it and then 2) envelop the eggplant in an egg and pork batter and pan-fry until golden.

Normally you leave the cap of the eggplant on so you can see the eggplant, but the eggplant I had was so large mom chopped it off.

Oh and you HAVE to eat this with Filipino Sweet Chili Sauce (we always buy the Mae Ploy brand). Man, that sauce is addicting.  

2 medium eggplants
salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 lb ground pork
4 eggs
all purpose flour

Boil the whole eggplants until soft. Place each eggplant on a plate and mash/flatten eggplant with the back of a fork. Season the eggplant with salt and pepper

In a skillet, heat oil and saute garlic, onions, and tomatoes. Add ground pork and lightly stir fry until starting to brown. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add two eggs to the ground pork and scramble everything.

Divide the scrambled ground pork egg mixture into two portions and spread over the two mashed eggplants on your plate. Beat the remaining eggs. Coat the eggplants with the beaten eggs, then cover with flour and cornstarch to help bind each eggplant into a patty. Fry on a small pan until the torta is set and golden brown. Serve with sweet chili sauce. Enjoy!

1 comment

  1. what is title of your mom's cookbook with a Filipino dish for everyday of the year?