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Turtang Talong (Filipino Eggplant Omelette)






Turtang Talong

also known as Filipino Eggplant Omelette, is a popular and delicious dish in Filipino cuisine. It is a simple yet flavorful dish that can be enjoyed as a main course or as a side dish. This recipe will guide you through the step-by-step process of making turtang talong, ensuring that you achieve a perfectly cooked and flavorful omelette.



Ingredients:


- 2 large eggplants (preferably Japanese or Chinese eggplants)


- 3 large eggs


- 1 small onion, finely chopped


- 2 cloves garlic, minced


- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


- Salt and pepper to taste


- Cooking oil for frying




Instructions:



1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the whole eggplants on a baking sheet and roast them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the skin becomes charred and the flesh is soft. Alternatively, you can grill the eggplants over an open flame until the skin is charred and the inside is tender. Set aside and allow them to cool.



2. Once the roasted eggplants are cool enough to handle, peel off the skin. Make sure to remove all the charred bits, as they can give a bitter taste to the dish. Gently flatten the eggplants using the back of a fork, making sure not to mash them too much.



3. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs until well combined. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste preference.



4. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic, and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant.



5. Add the flattened eggplants to the skillet, spreading them out in a single layer. Pour the beaten eggs evenly over the eggplants, making sure they are fully coated.




6. Allow the mixture to cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown and set. Carefully flip the omelette using a spatula. Cook the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes or until it turns golden brown.



7. Once the turtang talong is cooked through and firm, transfer it to a serving plate. You can cut it into slices or serve it as a whole, depending on your preference.



8. Turtang talong can be served hot or at room temperature. It is typically enjoyed with steamed rice and a dipping sauce such as ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, or a combination of both. You can also serve it with a side of fresh tomatoes and cucumber for a refreshing contrast.



Note: Turtang talong is a versatile dish, and you can customize it according to your taste. You can add cooked ground meat, diced bell peppers, or grated cheese to the egg mixture before cooking for added flavor and texture.



Enjoy your homemade turtang talong as a satisfying and flavorful addition to your Filipino culinary repertoire



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