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Ginataang Talong with pork in a cast iron skillet
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Ginataang Talong

Ginataang Talong made of eggplant and pork belly stewed in a rich, spicy coconut sauce for an easy dinner meal the whole family will love. It's creamy, delicious, and perfect with steamed rice!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: ginataang talong
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 744kcal
Author: Lalaine Manalo


  • 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


  • In a wide pan over medium heat, heat about two tablespoons of oil. 
  • Add eggplant and cook, turning as needed, until lightly browned. Eggplant absorbs plenty of oil, and you may need to add more oil a tablespoon at a time during the brief pan-frying. With a slotted spoon, remove from 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.


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