Beating an egg can make for a great ingredient in several recipes around the world. From baked goods to classic omelettes, it is endlessly versatile, and goes with both sweet and savory dishes. But who knew that some beaten eggs, eggplant, and the right seasonings could create the ever useful and delicious Tortang Talong?
This delicious, classic recipe is a perfect go-to in most Filipino households. This is because it is quick, easy, and best of all, absolutely tasty without sacrificing nutritional value. A massive part of this dish is the ingredient eggplant, which is rich in vitamins C, K and B6, among many other nutrients. This is also perfect with some rice and a couple dollops of ketchup.
Start out by taking your 4 pieces of Chinese eggplant and grilling them. Do this until the skin becomes nearly black in color, then let it cool. Once it is safe to touch, start peeling the skin off, and then set it aside. We’ll start creating the egg coating for our eggplant.
In a bowl, crack open 2 raw eggs. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt for added flavor onto the bowl, and then beat the mixture. Now take out your skinless eggplant from earlier, and put it on a flat surface. Grab your fork and flatten the eggplants. And then get your bowl with the beaten eggs and salt. Making sure you’ve coated it fully, dip your flattened eggplant inside the bowl.
After this, you can go ahead and start prepping for the frying process. Heat up a pan, and then add 4 tablespoons of cooking oil inside. Then place your coated eggplants on the pan, and fry these. Keep an eye on them, and ensure that you get both sides fried nicely. This should take approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side with medium heat.
Now you’ve got 4 servings of perfectly salty and tasty Tortang Talong! Feel free to share this filling and healthy dish with your family and friends.
And luckily for us, there is a fantastic array of delectable dishes famous among Filipinos that use eggplant as their main ingredient. If you’re curious about some more of these nutritious and appetizing talong recipes, keep reading!
Delightfully flavorful, this Eggplant Parmesan dish is chock full of delicious mozzarella cheese and crunchy bread crumbs. And with the refreshing, savory taste of marinara sauce, this recipe comes together well to give you something that might resemble a pasta flavor without, well, the pasta. For this dish, we get to have the tasty, soft texture of eggplant with the rich, collaborative flavors of parmesan, Romano cheese, and olive oil.
And if you’re craving a filling, but nutritious dish while in a rush, this recipe is best suited for the situation! After all, you only need 35 minutes to get everything done, while having enough for 4. Just make sure that you slice up your eggplants equally, and that they are cooked evenly and not too much.
Even if we get tired of the meal in front of us, it doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t like the dish’s flavor. Sometimes, all we need is a good palate cleanser to somewhat clear the strong taste in our mouths. Ensaladang Talong can serve as one of those dishes, what with a pleasantly sour and salty flavor that doesn’t overpower either. Instead, it prevents umay or that feeling of getting sick of what you’re currently eating because it freshens up your palate. With this, it can go great with grilled recipes like barbecue or squid. But because of its flexible flavor, it can go with a wide range of savory dishes aside from those previously mentioned.
The mix of colors you can see for this delicious side dish is built by tomatoes, onions, shrimp paste and more. They altogether create a unique, distinct taste that works perfectly with a great deal of Filipino recipes.
Your next best meryenda snack comes in the form of savory slices of eggplant coated in crunchy Panko breadcrumbs. These are light, but healthy. This is because you can find a great amount of vitamins in eggplant. As such, you might want to switch your French fries at home for this deliciously nutritious alternative that also uses very accessible ingredients. This is even easier to make than tortang talong.
Of course, if you’re making these, you also can’t forget about the salty-sweet dipping sauce. This recipe also contains the steps and ingredients towards the perfect dip for your eggplant fries!