How to Cook Poqui Poqui: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

Updated on January 10, 2020
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Poqui poqui is a popular Filipino dish.
Poqui poqui is a popular Filipino dish. | Source

Poqui poqui, also known as ensaladang talong, is a scrambled egg dish that originated from Ilocos, a province in the northern part of the Philippines. This dish is made with grilled eggplants, eggs, tomatoes, and onions. Learn how to cook a famous regional dish!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 2 to 3 servings
Poqui poqui is also known as ensaladang talong.
Poqui poqui is also known as ensaladang talong. | Source


  • 3 small eggplants, chopped
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • oil, for cooking


For Preparation:

  • 1 big plate
  • 3 medium bowls
  • 1 small bowl

For Cooking:

  • grill pan
  • wok
  • tongs
  • cooking spoon
  • plate
  • 2 forks


  1. Roast eggplants until charred and soft.
  2. Set aside the eggplants to allow them to cool before peeling the skins.
  3. Remove eggplant skins. Chop eggplant flesh into small pieces. Set aside.
  4. Heat pan and add some cooking oil. Saute garlic and onion.
  5. Add the tomatoes. Cook until wilted.
  6. Add eggplants and mix well.
  7. Pour over beaten eggs.
  8. Stir the mixture until all ingredients are well combined.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Continue cooking until the eggs are set.

Step-by-Step Video

Tips and Techniques

  • Add any seasonings of your choice.
  • Grill eggplants directly over the heat if a grill pan is not available.
  • Use a fork to help you handle the eggplants while peeling.

This dish originates from the Filipino province of Ilocos.
This dish originates from the Filipino province of Ilocos. | Source

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      14 months ago from Manila

      Hello Liz,

      I'm glad you love my recipes. I always wanted to share different simple yet healthy dishes from other places around the world. These recipes will surely help most busy individuals like me.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      14 months ago from Manila

      Hi Pamela,

      This dish tasted so good even if it's so simple to make. I hope you get a chance to try it!

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      14 months ago from Manila

      Hello Miebakagh,

      You are welcome!

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      Liz Westwood 

      14 months ago from UK

      This looks like an interesting dish. Your recipes encourage me to try new variations with recipes, combining ingredients in new and interesting ways.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      14 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This sounds like it would be very good. Thanks.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      15 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Dred Cuan, thanks for sharing.


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