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5 from 4 votes

Ginataang Talong

Eggplant in Spicy Coconut Sauce is rich, creamy, and perfect with steamed rice. It's easy to make and sure to be a family favorite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 744kcal

Ingredients

  • canola oil
  • 5 large eggplants, stems removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 pound pork belly, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) coconut cream (kakang gata)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Thai chili peppers, stemmed and minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a wide pan over medium heat, heat about two tablespoons of oil. 
  • Add eggplant and cook, turning as needed, until lightly browned. With a slotted spoon, remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  • In the pan, add another 1 tablespoon oil if needed. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened.
  • Add pork belly and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. 
  • Add fish sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes
  • Add coconut cream and water and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer. 
  • Add chili peppers. 
  • Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until pork is tender and sauce is reduced. Add more water in 1/2 cup increments if the liquid is drying out before pork is fully cooked.
  • Add eggplant and gently stir to combine. Continue to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until eggplants are tender and sauce begins to thicken and render fat. 
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

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Notes

  • Eggplant absorbs plenty of oil, and you may need to add more oil a tablespoon at a time during the brief pan-frying. Drain them on paper towels to rid of excess grease.
  • As an alternative method to pan-frying, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet, brush with olive oil, and roast in a 425 F oven for about 10 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 744kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 1251mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 15.7mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2.7mg