Tortang Dulong

Tortang Dulong is a type of omelette from the Philippines prepared with silverfish or locally called as dulong, mixed with egg and a bit of flour seasoned with salt and pepper.

Back when I was young even, before I even learned about the popular omelette filled with ham, cheese and mushrooms the omelette I knew was this dish called Tortang Dulong. A simple concoction of silverfish (the fish not the insect) mixed with a bit of flour and eggs. It’s one affordable breakfast item back home, hence it was quite popular in households who have a very tight budget. Here in New Zealand, if you make one of them, it’s considered luxury since this type of fish locally called as “white bait” can be quite expensive, they usually cost around NZ$14.00 per 100 grams which equates to NZ$140.00 per kilogram. I was craving for it this for a very long time since I grew up with it but I can’t justify the price before specially if you are comparing it to Philippine prices which is 140.00 but in PHP, that is 35 times more the price. Today we decided to splurge a bit to give that cravings an end, we grabbed 250 grams of this white gold and prepare some at home.

There is a similar dish here New Zealand, it’s called white bait fritters, similar style of cooking but instead of it served on rice, they serve it in white bread. Usually found on Farmers market, this too is one of Kiwi’s favourite. How about you, did you have a similar craving where regardless of the price you will grab it anyway you can?

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Tortang Dulong

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 17 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Tortang Dulong is a type of omelette from the Philippines prepared with silverfish or locally called as dulong, mixed with egg and a bit of flour seasoned with salt and pepper.


  • 250 g dulong / silverfish, washed and drained
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil


  1. In a bowl mix together eggs, flour and cornstarch.
  2. Add dulong / silverfish then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Place small amount of oil in a non-stick pan then scoop out some of the dulong mixture. Pan fry in medium heat until cooked and crispy on the edges.
  4. Serve with rice with sweet chilli sauce or cats up on the side


15 Responses

  1. Eva Taylor says:

    Boy was I glad to read thst it’s the fish and not the insect! Was it as good as you remembered? The things I generally crave are from Canada so they are not unaffordable, but I would give in for a special occasion, it would make the occasion even more special.

  2. I had to laugh when you mentioned the silverfish :-)) We call these pancakes at home. YUM!

  3. Sounds amazing, Raymund! Wish I could make them but thinks like silverfish never are sold here in the desert…

  4. I have never had fish in an omelette, though I love seafood quiche. When I looked up silverfish (and avoided the insect), it mentioned immature fish that can be eaten whole. I thought of smelt, 6 inch fish which we ate bones and all and used to be caught by the bucket full during spring spawning. Disappearing now alas, like so many natural resources. But I’d totally try this!

  5. suituapui says:

    Looks good. I had tortang something before – I guess that means omelette. My tortang was with eggplant!

  6. Katerina says:

    These sound ridiculously moreish, Raymund – often the most basic meals we ate as children have that kind of magic, don’t they? I grew up in the Czech Republic and we used to eat potato pancakes a lot, which are similar to these, just without fish. We’d eat them by themselves or with a bowl of hot soup and they were always amazing. I really need to make some one of these days!

  7. Balvinder says:

    This omelet is really good and nutritious. It is also easy to prepare. I just looked at a random video of tortang dulong as to how the silver fish (the fish) looks like. If I had not read it in your post i would have thought it to be shredded radish.

  8. I know it’s strange to say, but ever since going vegan, I love all things egg-y! Even stranger no doubt, but I can easily see this one made with jackfruit and some sort of lentil or pea-based eggless scramble. I’d love to play with it. Thanks for that inspiration!

  9. Delicious fish patties for sure!

  10. Interesting! I’ve never heard of silverfish or dulong, but this sounds like a tasty omelet for sure! I do really enjoy omelets (and all eggs) so this sounds like a recipe I need to try. I’ll have to find a substitute for silverfish as that one isn’t familiar to me. Either way, thanks for sharing!

  11. My first thought was insect, not fish, when I saw the main ingredient in this. 🙂 What a terrific looking dish, though — and something quite new to me. Thanks!

  12. Glad you clarified it’s the fish and not the insect! Ha! The pancakes look mighty tasty!

  13. This looks amazing, Raymund! The fish must give it a wonderful flavor!

  14. Johnny says:

    Thanks so much, this really helped me out. Great recipe!

  15. Mbx says:

    Was hesitant to follow d recipe in d beginning due to too much eggs and I’m watching my cholesterol intake but figured am not going to cook this everyday so what d heck and WOW your dish was worth it!

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