vegetables adds to smoky taste and flavor of this dish. It is served as a side dish, alongside grilled meats and even fried fish, but it can also be served on its own as a main dish. This is also one of dishes from the Philippines which I think we inherited from the Spaniards who ruled the Philippines for almost 300 years. It is one of the regular dishes cooked by my mother. But what I can remember was that she only roast or grill the eggplants, and only chopped raw tomatoes and onions are added to dish with a bit of vinegar, salt and pepper, but no bell pepper since bell peppers are expensive and also rarely found in the markets in the Philippines. I dont know the name of this food, but we eat it mostly with fried fish, especially galunggong. Sometimes, it is called Ensladang Talong (Eggplant Salad).