Poki-Poki: Ilocos Version of Tortang Talong

Grilled then peeled
Grilled then peeled
In the pan
In the pan

There was a time, oh so long ago, that I accidentally ate eggplant. I don’t like eggplant. Except when it is hidden under the guise of eggplant parmigiana. 🙂  But that accidental time, the eggplant was served on top of pizza, topped with cheese. Who would have thought I would like it?

With the egg
With the egg

Ilocos, a province northern of Manila, specializes in this food, poki-poki. Though tortang talong (eggplant with egg) is not uncommon, it is perhaps the name that makes it so popular (it is not a cuss word, but the name can be a  rather crude (and rude) version of a normal word). So going back, in Ilocos, we ordered the Poki-poki pizza from Saramsam. I found it so yummy that years after our trip, I was able to get in touch with the owner of the restaurant and get the recipe! It was the pizza taste I was after, but when he gave me the recipe for poki-poki, I was sure that the pizza wasn’t going to be far behind. 🙂

Usually, the tortang talong we have at home is simpler. The eggplant is grilled, peeled, flattened a bit, then fried with a beaten egg, looking like an eggplant pancake. Ilocanos takes it one step further by adding tomatoes and ontions, cutting the eggplant into smaller pieces, before frying with the egg. I gues sthis is the same thign that is topped on the pizza 🙂

But for now, a little bit of cheese will work, I guess. 🙂

Poki-poki Recipe

5 long eggplant, grilled, and peeled
3 eggs, beaten
3 tomatoes, diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced

Saute the onion and garlic, then add the tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes get soft. Cut the eggplant into 1 inch pieces and mash a bit. Add to the pan. Mix and season with salt. Once thoroughly mashed, add the egg and mix until it cooks. Top with cheese. 🙂

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