The tradition of broiling / grilling eggplant by means of baga is known to me since I was a child. I believe its the only way to do it before I met her.
Baga is the tagalog term for ember or smolder which means hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing. Or, burning with thick smoke but no flame, a glowing coal.
When I was still courting her: I travel weekly form Cavite to Quezon City, a three hours trip especially during rush hours. She always cooks a meal for me using the one and only source of flame in their boarding house, the wonder gasul (LPG gas).
One day, she told me that she gonna make a broiled eggplant (inihaw na talong). Then I asked her how, they only have the LPG gas there. I was a bit surprised when I saw here directly grilling the eggplant over the gasul flame.
I was afraid that my favorite eggplant might absorb gasul odor but I was wrong. The menu taste great like the one broiled over a smolder.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.