Friday, February 5, 2010

Food Trip Friday 017: Ensaladang Talong (Eggplant Salad)

Wednesday lunch was at Josiet's place. She prepared a menu of mostly Pinoy food and invited our other Pinay friends. It was such a great lunch - we feasted on CPA (chicken-pork adobo), pansit, steamed fish, and ensaladang talong, which is pictured below, Thai omelet, and sticky rice with mango for dessert. 

I know for a fact that preparing ensaladang talong takes a bit of patience, grilling or boiling the eggplants first to loosen up the skin for easy peeling. Despite craving for this dish countless times before, I rarely make this dish at home because the mister isn't big on eggplants. Imagine my joy when it was served on Josiet's table! Josiet's ensaladang talong is made with gata, or coconut milk, an ingredient that you don't usually find in the Ilonggo version of this dish.  However, I prefer putting coconut milk for a creamier and tastier flavor, as what most Visayans from Central Visayas and Mindanao put in most of their kilawin/kinilaw dishes. The vinegar she put was just the right amount to give it a tangy goodness.  For me, having the ensaladang talong again after so many years made me feel like I was at home in Roxas!

Many thanks to dear Josiet for hosting our lunch this week. Galit-galit muna kaming lahat while on the table but we were back to our  normal chatty, funny selves after dessert! *lol*  Next time will be at my house, hopefully, as soon as my visitors have gone and I've settled back to my normal routine.


♥♥ Willa ♥♥ said...

I love eggplant salad but just like you,I have to refused on making one dahil ako lang din ang kakain.and it's my first time to see it served with coconut milk. kakaiba ha!

Anya said...

hindi ko naisip na ensaladang talong sya up until i read the article, look and sounds yummy!

Sreisaat said...

Willa, try mo minsan ang ensaladang talong with gata. Solb ako with piniritong kahit ano! hihihi.

Anya, I was craving for ensaladang talong for the longest time and when I had it, ooh-la-la, ako yata ang nakaubos! *lol*

Era said...

i want to see the CPA sis, it's been a long time since i had that.

thanks for sharing.

Lady Patchy said...

i like ensaladang talong lalo na at .nakakaganang kumain,pamapatanggal ng umay sa ibang food .

Mylene said...

I also love ensaladang talong but haven't tried it with coconut milk.

At first glance, I thought, the photo is fish kinilaw :)