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Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

Tortang Talong is an iconic Filipino dish that is healthy and easy to make, even a novice cook can whip it up in no time! This is a great go-to dish for those who are on a budget but are looking for something substantial and satisfying.

Omelet with eggplant filling.

What is it?

The Spanish term “torta” means flat cake, and “talong” is eggplant in Filipino. Also sometimes called as Tortang Tagalog. This eggplant omelet is just one of my favorite way of cooking aubergine.

This dish, with all its simplicity, is quite delicious! With a savory and crunchy outside layer enclosing the sweetness and creaminess of the eggplant inside. And when you dip it in a copious amount of ketchup, each bite is certifiably a winner!

It is commonly served as the main viand for heavy breakfast but can also be enjoyed for lunch or dinner, served with rice, of course. It is your simple regular Filipino everyday dish and considered as comfort food by many locals.

Omelet made with eggplant/aubergine

How is Tortang Talong made?

Traditionally, the eggplants are grilled until the skin is charred and the flesh inside is tender. However, if pressed for time, you can forgo the grilling and just boil the eggplant. But by doing so, you will no longer have that added smoky flavor, but it should still come out great.

You then is then peel the skin off the grilled eggplants and mash the flesh. Next, dip it in a mixture of egg, sautéed ground pork, and seasoning. Lastly, it will be fried until golden brown and slightly crispy.

Step-by-step images on how to make Tortang Talong.

Variations of Eggplant Omelette

Tortang Talong is open to so many variations from the filling to the dips. You can pretty much put anything savory in it. The most common variant of Tortang Talong is Tortang Tagalog. This eggplant and egg combination is simple yet tasty.

Another variant is the rellenong/ relyenong talong. It is derived from a Spanish word meaning stuffed. The method of cooking is the same except it is enhanced with pre-cooked meat like ground meat or spiced meat like longganisa. You can also use seafood or vegetables. Filipinos on a budget would sometimes add canned tuna or sardines on it so I’d say anything goes and just follow your cravings.

If you want to make this into a vegetarian dish, just omit the meat.

Filipino Eggplant Omelet

Foxy Tips when making Tortang Talong

This dish was made with the common eggplant variety in the Philippines in mind – the long and slender type. Other types of eggplants can also be used but may need to be halved or quartered for even cooking. Keep in mind that the stalk should always be intact.

Eggplant omelette can also be oven-baked instead of fried in a skillet. This is perfect for cooking big batches.

If you cannot perfectly peel or remove all the eggplant skin after roasting, don’t sweat it! it’s fine to leave a bit of skin.

If you are planning on grilling your eggplant, there are different options for you. You can use an outdoor coal grill but make sure you coat it with oil so the eggplant won’t stick on the grill. More often than not, Filipinos roast eggplants directly over their gas stove’s open flame, but you can also oven-roast at 350°F for 15 minutes or until soft. You will know that it is cooked when it becomes soft, wrinkly, or when it has slightly shrunk.

Looking for more recipes with eggplant? Here are some for you:

Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan
This stuffed Eggplant Parmesan is so good! Filled with beefy goodness and chunky marinara sauce with Parmesan cheese crust.
Pinakbet Tagalog
Pinakbet or Pakbet is medley of local vegetables. Pork, shrimp paste, and tomatoes are used to give it its distinctive taste.

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Tortang Talong or Eggplant Omelette
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Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

Tortang Talong is an iconic Filipino dish that is healthy and easy to make, even a novice cook can whip it up in no time! This is a great go-to dish for those who are on a budget but are looking for something substantial and satisfying.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian,Filipino
Keyword: eggplant omelette,tortang talong
Servings: 4
Calories: 319kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 pieces eggplant– long variety
  • 3-5 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion– chopped
  • 1 clove garlic– minced
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Bring a pot of water to boil. Poke small holes in the eggplant and boil for 5 minutes or until cooked. Remove from water and let it cool down a bit before peeling the skins.
  • Cut it into two, lengthwise (stem included). (No need to cut if using small eggplants).Flatten the eggplants using a fork making sure that it is still intact and attached to the stem.
  • Saute garlic and onion in a tablespoon of oil until limp. Add the ground pork and season with salt and pepper. Let it cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until all pieces are cooked. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Beat the eggs in a bowl then add the ground pork and flour to the beaten eggs.
  • On a skillet or pan preferably non-stick), heat a tablespoon of oil over medium-low heat. Scoop 2-3 tablespoon of the mixture into the pan, spreading it into a circle enough to cover a piece of the eggplant. Lay the eggplant on top and arrange it that it spreads flat over the egg mixture. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes or until the bottom side is lightly browned. Carefully transfer it to a plate.
  • Add some more oil to the pan if needed, then scoop another 2-3 tablespoon of the mixture and spread like before. Now lay the same eggplant on top of the mixture with the top-side facing down to sandwich the eggplant with the egg mixture. Cook until lightly browned.
  • Repeat this with the rest of the eggplants.
  • Serve while still warm with rice and ketchup as dip.

VIDEO

RECIPE NOTES

Make it vegetarian by just simply omitting the ground pork!
Nutrition Facts
Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 319 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 205mg68%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 264mg8%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 238IU5%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This recipe was originally published in May 2017. Updated in September 2020 to include new photos, more tips, and a recipe video. The recipe remains the same.

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  1. 5 stars
    Eggplant omelette tastes even better when the eggplants are grilled. It gives a special taste to it that I love. Thanks Bebs for the recipes. You sound so Filipino.

    1. Hi Marian, yes, you are right, I also like to grill the eggplant when I have the time and chance than boiling it. And yes, proud to be Pinay!

  2. I love soup from the Philippines, like with lemongrass. Do you have a recipe?
    I can’t wait to try this eggplant recipe.

  3. Hi Bebs! I love your recipes, infact, I have tried cooking several of the dishes you posted. I was wondering if you have Morcon recipe? I am trying to prepare my menu for the holidays this year, and one of which is Morcon. Hope you can help me with it. Thanks!

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