Filipinos Have Red Eggs

Yes. Aside from the usual white and brown eggs we usually see in grocery stores, we also have the salted egg - usually from duck and colored red. In Filipino, it is called itlog na pula (red egg) or itlog na maalat (salted egg).

The traditional way of making salted duck egg is tedious. It needs clay, a lot of salt, water and of course the egg. The egg will be coated with the salted clay or soaked in clay and kept for a few weeks. Through osmosis, salt will be absorbed by the egg adding a different texture, a distinct taste. This is then boiled and colored red.

My family and relatives love the way I prepare salted egg with tomato in somewhat salad form, usually for dinner. It can go as a viand on its own, but usually best served with fried smoked fish as well as fried or grilled fish. I also prefer having it served along with canned tuna in vegetable oil. Oops, of course a Filipino meal will not be complete without the steamed rice.

For Promdi version of Salted Duck Egg in Tomato Salad, just mix the following ingredients:

  • 4 to 6 salted duck egg, removed from shell and diced

  • 6 medium sized tomato, sliced
  • 1 medium onion or 4 pcs small onion (preferably sibuyas Tagalog, include the onion leaf); cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of calamansi juice or lemon juice (calamansi is local lime)

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Optional ingredients I usually include are green onion and cilantro. 5 or 6 stalks of green onion and a bunch (about a cup) of cilantro leaves, both cut into tiny pieces.

This can be served immediately. Others prefer that this salted duck egg-based tomato salad served cold. So place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.

Voila! A duck egg salad that is fast and easy to prepare!

Try this and enjoy the unique taste of salted duck egg... the Filipino way!

Bon appetit! (Maganang Pagkain!)

(Dedicated to Nanay who loves this whenever she visits us in San Jose, CA.)

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