or what some former denizens of kalayaan residence hall may fondly recall as “egg surprise.” actually, i can’t remember if that’s the actual name or just what we started to call this particular dish. i honestly didn’t realize this dish existed beyond the confines of our beloved dormitory. but while googling chicharong bulaklak, i came across this filipino food blog and it featured the eggs right on its home page. after more googling, i came across this info on wikipedia: scotch eggs were considered picnic food but a recipe for it in an 1809 cookbook served them with gravy (if i remember correctly, kalayaan served them with the gravy as well).
anyway, i decided to make some but instead of following a recipe, i decided to go with whatever was in my pantry 😛 i did get a pound of ground pork from the grocery. then i added 2 whole eggs and, in varying quantities, salt, pepper, garlic powder, black pepper, red pepper flakes, thyme, parsley and a tablespoon of flour. also, instead of rolling the ground pork mixture (with egg inside) in regular bread crumbs, as most of the recipes i came across suggested, i went with the panko sort for extra crunch.
i have to say, the eggs came out very well. instead of gravy, i used a spicy sweet and sour dip i got from an asian market recently. gave them a nice zing!