eggplants !

@SIMPLYD (79764)
Philippines
September 5, 2011 10:10pm CST
Eggplant is a vegetable that is versatile. It could be mixed with other vegetable to make a dish, or could be cooked by itself to make a delicious treat. We could put it in “Nilagang karne” (Boiled Meat) . We could grill it and mix it with tomatoes, salted sauce , lemon and some chilies. It’s my daughter’s favorite, but hers is without chilies. It could be mixed with egg and fried as in “tortang talong” . It could also be sliced thinly & lengthwise and fried and dipped in soy sauce with lemon . This one is my favorite , and my sauce will be with one or two mashed red chillies. Hmm, I am getting hungry, with these foods as my topics.
15 responses
@whengcat (1458)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
I like fried eggplant with shrimp paste, squeezed with lemon or "calamansi" and some chillies.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
You fry the eggplant, in thin slices and leghtwise, and then make the dipping of shrimp paste (alamang) and the other seasoning? Is that it wheng?
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@whengcat (1458)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
Yap, that's how to do it exactly
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
Ah okay. I haven't tried that dipping yet, but i guess i will like it too.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
10 Sep 11
I just remembered that I have eggplants growing. At least I hope I do. I haven't checked my garden in a week because of the massive amount of rain we've been getting. This is the first day we've had sunshine in a week so I really need to get out there and see if I have any eggplants growing. They weren't before this rain, probably because we were in a semi-drought area. Hopefully the rain has helped the plants to produce some eggplants. I planted the large purple ones, purple with white markings, white with purple markings and pure white eggplants. I thought they'd look really pretty together, at least before they're cooked. Your favorite sounds like something I'd love to make, the thinly sliced and fried dipped in soy sauce with lemon. That really sounds yummy! The only things I've ever done before with eggplants was to slice them, fry them and add tomato sauce and parmesan cheese and the other way is cut them into cubes and add them to tomatoes for stewed tomatoes and eggplants. (I just use garlic and onion for a little flavor.) Now I have to go outside and see if I have any little eggplants growing. If not, I'm going to have to go to the grocery store and buy some because this discussion has made me hungry, too.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Wow, you are lucky to have your own eggplants in your yard. I sure would try what you just have mentioned too. Try my style also and you will love it. It's easy to cook and takes only a few minutes.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
12 Sep 11
I went out and checked my plants and found that I have many tiny eggplants growing! I'm so excited!!! But, I'll have to be patient until they're large enough to pick. Hopefully, it won't be too long.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
Oh, i nevy you my friend !
@marguicha (94819)
• Chile
9 Sep 11
I love eggplant ! I make a wonderful appetizer with it, I like moussaka, I fry it to pyu some color to a dish. I have nevet had it with soy sauce and lemon, but I will try it.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
10 Sep 11
Yes, please try it .It's delicious too. And it seems your moussaka is too.
@marguicha (94819)
• Chile
10 Sep 11
Check moussaka online. It is a greek dish that is dimilar to ladagna, but with eggplant instead of pasta. I prefer moussaka
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Ok, i will check it online. Thank you.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
8 Sep 11
i always love this "tortang talong" where eggplant is being half-cooked with charcoal before frying it with beaten eggs, tomatoes and onions. now, i have a lot of ideas for the next occasion we will have with all those great tasting foods you mentioned for the last two days with your discussions.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
9 Sep 11
Actually neildc, most of my discussions are about simple delicious foods that we can easily cook. That way, if it will make you salivate while reading it, you can easily go to the kitchen and eat any of my discussions. In "tortang talong" , the eggplant can be either grilled first or simply boiled . But i have noticed that it's more delicious having it grilled than just plain boiled first, before frying it with the egg. Right?
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
12 Sep 11
oh yes, the taste of this menu is better when the eggplant is grilled rather than boiled before the frying procedure. well, if i can really eat all your discussions.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
@oldchem1 (8144)
6 Sep 11
Here in the UK we call the 'egg plant'an 'aubergine@. I use it in things like ratatouille, vegetable curries and moussaka and also like it sliced and cooked on the barbecue.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
I have benn meeting "aubergine" in some cooking books actually. So, now i know that it's eggplant . Eggplant i guess , can be found in almost all countries. Yes, it is a versatile vegetable , because it could be used as an ingredient in various recipes. And to think that it's only cheap.
@oldchem1 (8144)
7 Sep 11
In the UK aubergines are not inexpensive but one of our most expensive vegetables!
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
9 Sep 11
Oh, is that so?
@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
7 Sep 11
I love eggplants We don't eat them often but I think they taste nice. I like them best when mixed with potatoes and some tomatoes and stuffs yumm!! Mom makes them lovely hehe!!
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
Hmm, it seems i haven't made a recipe like your mom does. Is it with tomato sauce?
• South Korea
8 Sep 11
I don't really now if she uses tomato sauce. But it's somewhat like gravy when we eat it hehe!
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
Oh yes! I love eggplants especially when it's "torta", how to say that in English? Oh I think I'm gonna cook it this lunch! ;)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
Torta is much closer to fried eggplants.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
I also don't know what's the English for "tortang talong" . I guess, voracious is right, Ronadelle. Fried Eggplant , no, it's i think more of Fired Eggplant with Egg! Whatever it is, i love torta too!
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
8 Sep 11
oh just this morning i had an eggplant pasta! it sure was good. its like an eggplant in the lasagna.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
9 Sep 11
Hmm, makes me want a lasagna for today, chiyosan. However, i haven't ever tasted a lasagna with eggplant, as one of its ingredients. But i am sure it is delicious too.
@toniganzon (49946)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
I could live with only eggplant and rice. My husband thought i was kidding. Every time he would ask me what i wanted for dinner, i would usually say eggplant. I'd rather have fried eggplant dipped in soysauce than pork or beef.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
8 Sep 11
Toni! I haven't seen you here for the past days. Where have you been. From what you said, i can assume that you are a lady who is conscious of her figure. Keep it up my friend, and maintain that figure. It pays to have a nice figure. Going back to the topic, wow, so you like eggplant that you can eat it instead of meat. Hmm, i guess i don't have your taste. I always consider eggplant as vegetable, so it has to be that i have something like fried fish or dried fish or meat to pair with it. But mind you, i like plain "tortang talong" so much. And also just plain fried thin slices of eggplants . We both like same dipping, soy sauce but for me should have some drops of lemon juice and mashed with red chili.
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
Wow, you're making me hungry, simplyd. I love broiled eggplant where you remove the skin, mash it and mix with avocado, onions, raisins and beaten eggs. Season with oyster sauce and a lot of red cayenne pepper. Fry it with a little butter and corn oil. Yum!
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
WOw, you have just given me another idea on how to cook eggplant. From the ingredients that you have mentioned , i know that it is a delicious one! Actually, our "tortang talong" , a recipe for eggplant is similar to yours. It's just that we don't put avocado , raisins, and oyster sauce. I might try your style one of these rest days from work. Thanks.
@menace730 (506)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
Hi Simplyd...I have never been a big fan of eggplant until one night my wife had a bunch of them in a fire, and I said what are you doing. She said I'm making eggplant. Well...I have never seen it made like this before. She then took them off the fire and peeled and squished them flat, put them in egg and other spices and fried them. Well needless to say, I am now a big fan off eggplant. They were terrific! I ate four of them. Oh now I too am hungry. Maybe I'll drop some hints for my wife to make eggplant tonight. mmmmmmmmmm.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
What your wife did was what we call in Tagalog as "tortang talong". Actually, it's a favorite recipe for eggplant. I like it very much too, specially when i drop some hot sauce on it.
@aprilsong (1886)
• China
6 Sep 11
I also like eggplants very much. And here we have lots of ways to cook eggplants. It can be cooked just with spring onion,garlic and oil. Well, i have found that when you cook eggplant, you 'd better add some garlic into it. And it tastes good when being added into fish. It can also been cooked with potatoes. It can also been salted and eaten when you are having gruel.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
Gruel? What's that aprilsong? From the sound of it, it's like porridge?
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
This topic make me hungry, to think that I had lunch just a few minutes ago. Yes, eggplant is simple and yet those chefs can really turn something spectacular about this vegetable. All my life, I'm used to tortang talong, talong in the nilagang karne, grilled etc and eggplant still eggplant. My opinion changed when I chanced upon a dish whose name I can't recall since it's sounds Japanese and I wasn't aware that it's main ingredient is eggplant except that there's a hint of peanut in it and the bite that eggplant has was gone and boy, that's one hell of a dish that I can't forget about that dish up to this moment to think that it's almost a year or two that I first tasted it and the store that sell it has closed down already.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
My topics have all made you hungry as it did to me while i was typing them! Anyway, the Japanese really could make lots of delicious dishes out of an ordinary ingredient. They have some secret seasonings and ingredients which makes the dish fantastic, and to think that it's only an eggplant, as main ingredient.
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
6 Sep 11
Hello, I grew eggplant last year in my garden and found it was really easy to grow. I tried to fry the eggplant with breadcrumbs but thought it tasted awful. I cooked them plain with some butter but I didn't like the eggplant that way either. I think eggplant is a required taste, you either love them or hate them. I'm leaning toward the latter.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
Actually my friend, eggplant tastes bland. The secret to making it delicious is the sauce. You can try making the sauce of soy sauce or kikkoman with some lemon drops. If you like it to be spicy like me, then you can mash 2 pieces of small red hot chillies. Yummy!
@Jelminrie (358)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
Isn't it called omelet? as in eggplant omelet lols....thats one of my faves too, its delicious also to be in "kare-kare" (beef with peanut butter) ahaha
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
I think you have a point there. But if it's omelet, then the eggplant should be inside the folded fried egg. yES, it's also good for the "kare-kare". It's delicious to be dipped in its " bagoong" .