I was able to find Asian aubergines (that’s how we call eggplants in Netherlands) from our local supermarket, 3 pieces. I like local aubergines only they’re too big and (a bit) less tasty for this recipe. Asian aubergines are finer, smaller in size and packed with taste! Perfect size for this Relleno recipe.
My grandmother (who was a really really good cook!) would fry this using bananaleaves to make sure they come out well rounded, not broken. Though banana leaves are available in some Asian stores out here, I opted to do it my way, that was without any leaf.
This was also the first time that I documented everything while making a recipe. I even made videos, geez! Never done that before. I quite enjoyed it, but I don’t think I’ll ever do that again, too much work
- 300 g minced beef
- 1 med. carrot, finely sliced
- 100 g green peas
- 100 g raisins
- 1 med. onion, finely sliced
- 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
- 1 bit of fish sauce or salt
- few cilantro leaves, chopped (I wanted a bit of Thai touch )
- 3 aubergines about 150g-200g/piece
- oil for sauteeing
You need to grill the aubergines in order to remove the skin. I first didn’t want to use the cooktop so I instead played with my tiny torch
I ran out of butane! So cooktop was the answer. And you know what, it’s really more practical and faster to use. Hear the sound of the steam coming out? That’s one way to know if the aubergine is cooked. Another way is to pinch the body, it should be soft, limpy.
Set aside to cool. Afterwards remove the skin which by now is like paper, would peel off easily.
Saute the ingredients except for eggs. In a bowl break eggs (really up to you how many) and beat them. I used 3 pieces for the smaller aubergine and 4 for the larger ones. Place one aubergine and scoop 2-3 tbsp. of the beef mixture into the bowl of eggs.
Gently mix not to break the aubergine.
I used a non stick pan which was has the perfect diameter (small) to hold the omelette at the center.
Done! If I may borrow my sister’s reaction when she saw my rellenong talong : “perfect ang lu2 mo te” ‘you cooked it perfectly, sis’. I value what she’s said because she, like my grandmother is one good cook!
In the Philippines my siblings and I grew up using banana ketchup as sauce for this. Tomato sauce is also nice, some people like to have this with soya sauce with calamansi (tiny lemon) juice. I ate mine with sweet-chilli-sauce.
Goes great with cooked pandan rice. Eetsmakelijk!