My good Filipino friend was really excited to show me this simple dish he learned. He told me about it and I was instantly excited too! Anything with bagoong has to be good. *grin*
So, on a sunny Sunday morning, we headed down to Marcy’s Variety Store, which specializes in Filipino foods.
Look at their selection of bagoong! It took a good deal of searching to find the one that my friend needed.
The bagoong we used was Lingayan Brand’s Fish Sauce. It has a smooth, slightly thick consistency and smells very fishy. Other kinds of fish bagoong should work, too. We also got a bag of eggplants from Marcy’s. The thin eggplants work better in this recipe.
For this dish, the eggplants need to be grilled until the skin is charred. The ideal way to do this would be over a real flame, but we were hungry so we just tried the electric stove.
Just make sure to keep moving the eggplant around until the eggplant is charred all over. After the eggplant is charred, you should be able to easily scrape off the burnt skin with a fork. You can leave the stems on.
Next, scramble enough eggs to soak all the eggplant in. We used four eggs for about seven eggplants. Then, pour in a small amount of the bagoong. We eyeballed the amount, but it looked like about one tablespoon, maybe, but just trust your bagoong instincts.
Once the egg batter is all ready, mix in all the eggplants.
Now you’re ready to cook! Put some oil in a hot pan and then place the eggplants in the pan. Then you can pour in the rest of the egg batter.
Cook the eggplant and eggs like an omelette, scraping the cooked eggs to the center and letting the uncooked egg run to the outside. After a few minutes, the “eggplant omelette” should be ready to flip. The secret to a good flip is to go all the way with confidence! Otherwise, you could flip it section by section.
After just a few seconds after the flip, slide it onto a plate, and you’re all set to grind! No forget da rice!
Easy lang and masarap!
On a non-food related note, Marcy’s also rents out Filipino movies. My friend rented a this DVD called “Mr. Suave“. Very funny (and strange) movie! It also has english subtitles, thankfully. Hoy! hoy! hoy! hoy! hoy! hoy!
Marcy’s Variety Store
266 Makaala Street, Hilo, HI 96720