My fobby flashback: Filipino comfort food

For someone who LOVES eating, I’m pretty terrible at cooking.  So I wanted to share with you guys how proud of myself I am for making one of my childhood comfort foods: Filipino eggplant omelette!

Also known as tortang talong, this is one of those dishes that you can’t find at any restaurant. . . it’s just one of those rustic, homecooked foods.  In Singapore, I grew up with a filipina nanny who pretty much raised me and my brother, and I loved it when she cooked traditional Filipino food like chicken adobo and eggplant omelette.

I have to admit, I felt pretty fobby roasting eggplants village-style over the open flame of my stove.  But as soon as I smelled the smoky eggplant fragrance and took a bite of this humble yet unique omelette, it took me right back to my childhood.

I love how simple, home-cooked food has the power to evoke those deep feelings of nostalgia.

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  • Jay

    I love Tortang Talong! You can mix it with ground pork or ground beef and its yum! You need a filipino maid or mother or grandma to make this for you :)

  • Jay

    Or suzy :)

  • http://www.bigwowo.com bigWOWO

    Okay…recipe? Or link to a recipe? This is cruel and unusual punishment if we don’t get to find out how to roast an eggplant over an open flame!

  • Suzanne Leung

    @bigWOWO: Haha :) I used a home recipe that I scrawled in chicken scratch on a notebook, but here’s a good one I found online. (I didn’t use meat or tomato, though — just a plain omelette. . . the eggplant adds enough flavor as is!) Super simple, and tastes a amazing over rice!
    http://www.foodbuzz.com/recipes/1334298-filipino-eggplant-omelet-tortang-talong-

  • http://www.bigwowo.com bigWOWO

    Oh, awesome! I’m going to try that!

  • Suzanne Leung

    Sweet! Let me know how it turns out!