Lent season is upon us. For those who observe lent, ya’ll know that each friday during this time, we fast and don’t eat meat. I felt it would be appropriate to share one of my favorite recipes from my childhood called, torta. Torta is a word that has a wide array of culinary meanings around the world. In certain parts of the Philippines it is either referred to as a sponge cake or some type of omelette. Today i’ll be sharing the omelette version with ya’ll cuz momma knows i aint no baker! This is commonly made with ground meat or eggplant but in observance of good friday, I will be using imitation crab. If you’ve ever had korean seafood pancake, this is kind of similar, so may like it.The beauty of this recipe is that you can use whatever that you have on hand. Its flexible and forgiving.
Prep Time: 15 min | Cook time: 15 min
- 1-2 roma tomatoes
- 1/2 large onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 pack imitation crab
- 5-6 eggs
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1-2 tsp fish sauce (you can omit this part, this is just how i grew up eating it)
- pinches and dashes of salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 tbsp oil (i used vegetable oil, all on your preference)
The holy trinity of filipino cooking is garlic, onions, and tomatoes. It’s pretty much the base of every filipino dish i know how to make. Anyways, you’re going to dice them along with the imitation crab.
Once you’ve finished your chopping, heat about 1 tbsp of oil in your pan and sautee your holy trinity until fragrant. The aromatics of these 3 together brings me back to my childhood. Whenever i came home from school and smelled this as i walked through the door, i knew my mom was going doowwwwnnnnn in the kitchen.
Once your trinity is fragrant and soft, go ahead and add your fake crab. Cook for about…5 minutes stirring occasionally. A pinch of salt, a dash of pepper. I also like to add about 2 tbsp of fish sauce, but this is optional. It adds another layer of flavor and saltiness that isnt too over powering. Turn off your stove let sit for 5 minutes to kind of cool.
here is a picture of 5 eggs in a large bowl. dont forget to scramble those.
Mix in your cooked trinity and crab into your eggs. I add about 2 tablespoons of flour to this mix to thicken it up and bind it so it holds better when we fry it.
In the same pan you used to sautee your aromatics (cuz we dont like doing more dishes than we have to) set your stove to medium to high heat. Once it’s hot youre going to pour your mixture..i would say about the size of a pancake and fry that shit. Once your edges are golden brown. Flip it!
This is typically served on a bed of jasmine rice and a side of filipino/banana ketchup. Yes, i said banana. (Here’s a little quick history lesson for ya, banana ketchup is made from mashed bananas, sugars, vinegar, and red food dye. Banana ketchup was made when there was a shortage of tomato ketchup during WWII.) Regular ol’ heinz will work too. haha.
And…thats it. If you observe lent, what meals do you guys make on good friday? and for those of you who dont do all of that, what are some quick meals that bring you back to your childhood? Until next post love bugs, Shanti Shanti!
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