My mom has the “aristocart” folks to thank for me finally learning to eat veggies. If it weren’t for those vendors who parked in front of the dorms, I wouldn’t be eating eggplant at all. I can’t even remember if they cooked the eggplant differently from my mom but I remember taking back to the dorm the grilled eggplant with egg. It was wrapped in plastic, with a smaller plastic bag of ketchup tied around the knot.
When my mom makes it, however, she puts torta (mixture of ground pork and shrimp) in it. She made some this weekend and here i am sharing … photos, anyway.
BTW, just in case other folks are wondering — aristocart is a play on the name Aristocrat, a well-known restaurant in Manila (love Filipino humor). Aristocarts are street vendors who push around a cart around the Diliman campus at dinnertime, targeting students who want cheaper options for their meals.
|tortang talong with kalamansi and soy sauce for dipping|