When it comes to food combinations, itlog na maalat (salted duck eggs) at kamatis (tomatoes), more often than is always mentioned in every Filipino food lover's Top Ten list. The all-time favorite combo can be eaten with boiled rice any time of the day. The rich and salty taste of the egg white and the mushy-yet-somewhat-fatty yolk merges with the acidity and mildness of chopped tomatoes. Patis (fish sauce) may be added to smorgasbord to enhance the savoriness.
There is also aesthetic value when eating itlog na maalat at kamatis. The white, the yellow and the red (or greenish-red if the tomatoes are almost ripe) provide a gastronomic color palette that is visually appealing.
It can be noticed that the two eggs at the right are dyed magenta. Before being sold at the market, itlog na maalat is dyed as such in order to distinguish it from ordinary duck egg. To prepare the food combo, the egg is shelled and chopped, or halved and scooped out with a spoon. Chopped kamatis and patis are then added to taste.