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How to Cook Poqui Poqui: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

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Poqui poqui is a popular Filipino dish.

Poqui poqui is a popular Filipino dish.

Scrambled Eggs From the Philippines

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

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10 min

20 min

30 min

2 to 3 servings

Poqui poqui is also known as ensaladang talong.

Poqui poqui is also known as ensaladang talong.


  • 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 a 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.
Poqui poqui originates from the Filipino province of Ilocos.

Poqui poqui originates from the Filipino province of Ilocos.

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.
  • Replace onions with shallots for a little sweeter and more subtle flavor.

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