Best of Baguio’s Homegrown Eats – Part 2


I took the late night bus to Baguio to join the two men following the Norwesterniana speaking engagement. The temperature was freezing! At 5 AM, I needed something to wake me up. Good Taste was out of the way. I walked around the Central Bus Terminal, and noticed young Koreans swarming up at a goto kiosk. Like some stalker, I ordered what they were having. The lugaw was strangely very yellow. If the color is from margarine or chicken cubes, I’m not sure, but it was really delicious, especially with the extra heaping of fried garlic. I think I need to find ways of enjoying chewy tripe, other than in paksiw and callos.

Ketchup  Food Community

It took long to wake up the 2 men. We had the whole Sunday morning for a food adventure. My photos were actually rearranged. We had cold cakes first thing in the morning, then walked to the market to buy Tantamco’s ube jam, and then we drove to Good Shepherd to get Alexa her chocolate crinkles before heading to the Ketchup Food Communuty across the Wright Park.

Ketchup  Food Community

Ketchup Food Community is a cluster of restaurants with varying specialties.  The place is very charming. Noticed more Baguio locals than tourists, maybe because it was a Sunday and it’s a stone’s throw from the St. Joseph Church. The resident restaurants are Canto, Happy Tummy, Rancho Norte, Green Pepper and Rumah Sate. We chose to have just Indonesian sate barbecue at Rumah Sate.

Ketchup  Food CommunityKetchup  Food CommunityTapayaBatik and SilkMixed Sate BBQ

The laksa and mie goreng looked fabulous, but no one would share the humungous servings, and prawns were out of stock, so I just ordered three different kinds of skewered beef — sate padang in hot and spicy yellow sauce, sate ampat sasak  in spicy coconut cream and sweet and spicy sate manis and some iced lime tea. If you don’t like herbs and spices, this might not be the place for you. We did like the BBQ especially the one with curry. Prices are tourist friendly, kinda in the middle.  I’m  definitely going back to this place to try the other specialties like mie goreng and the fried fish with interesting sauce I saw on the other table.

Ketchup  Food Community

Happy Tummy is a Thai food place I’ve heard about from foodie friends. I also want to go there when I go back to the mountain city  in April.

BreakStrawberry VendorsVisco's Restaurant and Cake Shop

Visco’s Restaurant and Cake Shop is on Session Rd near Don Henrico’s. I’ve had their strawberry shortcake last year, but didn’t get to feature it ‘coz I left my cam in the hotel room and we were supposedly just going to check out the night market. Anyways, we went back to take photos of their bestselling strawberry shortcake, which is receiving so much attention as of late. I discovered though that strawberry tart is the better strawberry pastry. We ended up sharing two slices of the pie.

Strawberry ShortcakesStrawberry Shortcake and Strawberry TartStrawberry  ShortcakeStrawberry Shortcake

Visco’s strawberry shortcake is on the sweet side. The frosting is flavored as well as the sponge. My standard for strawberry shortcake is by Louise’s Trattoria, one of my favorite restos in LA. It’s really justa plain creamy cake with strawberries.

Strawberry TartStrawberry Tart

This is the insane strawberry tart! It’s not exceedingly sweet. The thin layer of bittersweet chocolate brings out the best in the sourish strawberries. Looove the cream filling! I don’t want to say much, ‘coz, sometimes, you know, taste is subjective. If you’ll notice, I rarely rave about food in my features.

Book StandPuto Bumbong

Puto bumbong in Ganza’s. It’s a Filipino delicacy that’s popular on Christmas time.

Tantamco's Ube Jam

Tantamco’s is our favorite ube jam. It’s such a hassle going to the market sometimes because of the parking problem, so Good Shepherd’s is another option.

WalisOn the CurbKalinga Civet Coffee

At Good Shepherd Convent, there’s this adobo roll at the kiosk that the mister loves a lot. They have really good brewed coffee here. I had the Kalinga musang (civet cat) brew with smooth, intense flavor.

Good Shepherd Adobo RollGood Shepherd Adobi Roll

He says it is the ampao-ness of the bread that he likes.

Philippine Military Academy

We reached the Philippine Military Academy trying to locate Palagana’s Bakery, famous for hotel quality raisin bread. One student was almost late for class picture. It reminds me of the sad fate of cadet Cudia.

Palagana's Bakery

We brought home a loaf of the raisin bread. Only 100 pesos. Try their awesome cinnamon roll!

Palagana’s Bakery is on 99 Loakan Road, Scout Barrio (right across the police outpost near the Camp John Jay entrance, or it it exit? It’s just a small bakery and the raisin bread is not even among the display.

Bakery Long Johns and Donuts

Mnnn, long Johns! Until my next Baguio food adventure this summer!

The Part 1 of this Baguio’s homegrown eats (here).

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Good Food by the Good Shepherd

Chocolate Crinkles

As far as I can recall, the Good Shepherd nuns in Baguio have been spawning jams, chutneys, cookies, nut brittle, pickles, chocolate goodies, and so on, to send Cordilleran youths to college and we’re helping them achieve the mission by buying from them. Sweeter when shared — that’s guilt-free spending.

Mountain Maid Training CenterGood Shepherd Alfajor

Alfajor caramel sandwiches are my favorite next to chocolate crinkles that are pretty thin in a good, good way — so addictive! Another favorite is mango chutney which was out of sight when we went, probably because local mangoes are out of season.

mountain coffee
Mountain view from Good Shepherd ConventThe Good Food Book

Other than making quality foodstuff from the Cordilleras’ finest produce, the nuns share their know-how at the Mountain Maid Training Center within the Good Shepherd Compound, and thus help countless families start up a pasalubong business. So much an inspiring story of an altruism-driven existence.

Good Shepherd 15 Gibraltar Road Mines View Baguio City Philippines

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