The rainy days and our hectic schedule stopped us from eating at various places in Sagada. We had one van that served 14 people, so we had to move as a group. We got stuck at Sagada Homestay Diner, it is a modest place with friendly staff and a relatively clean restroom. Its food are very Filipino and familiar, but after three meals, they tasted similar. They do serve coffee that smelled like sin, so I had two half-cups of coffee although I do not drink coffee. 🙂
Here are the food Virg and I ate in Sagada:
Pork sisig with Sagada organic rice, P110.00 (US $2.20), at Sagada Homestay Diner. I fell in love with the pork sisig at first bite. The pork was tender with the smattering of crunchy bits and had the perfect level of saltiness. If I was not aware of my high cholesterol level, I would have eaten pork sisig my entire stay in Sagada. My mouth is still watering just thinking about it. ☺
Salmon sinigang with Sagada organic rice, P140.00 (US $2.80), at Sagada Homestay Diner. We ordered this on our first night in Sagada, when it was a bed weather. We ate outside Sagada Homestay Diner because the place was packed. We thought that it would be warm at the very least, but no. There was a generous portion of salmon though, so it was a decent meal.
Longganisa with Sagada organic rice and egg, P120.00 (US $2.40), at Sagada Homestay Diner. I did not like the longganisa because it was bland, but I consumed the vegetables with relish.
Tocino with Sagada organic rice and egg, P120.00 (US $2.40), at Sagada Homestay Diner. This was Virg’s breakfast.
Bulalo with Sagada organic rice, P135.00 (US $2.70), at Sagada Homestay Diner. This was another bland meal but with generous amount of meat.
Special breakfast: Daing na bangus, eggplant, and Sagada organic rice, P150.00 (US $3.00), at Sagada Homestay Diner. I liked the bangus because it was well-seasoned. The eggplant was meh. I like eggplants and make it a point to have it at home at least once a week, our version is better than theirs.
Pork adobo with rice, P150.00 (US $3.00), at The Sagada Lemon Pie House. I looked forward eating this meal, after the tiring hike to Bomod-ok Falls. Imagine my horror when I discovered that the pork was super tough and tasted awful. The rice was not even cooked well. I had only one piece of pork and did not finish the rice. I was very disappointed.
Fried chicken with rice, P130.00 (US $2.60), at The Sagada Lemon Pie House. This was Virg’s meal, and I know she did not enjoy it either.
Blueberry pie, P35.00 per slice (US $0.70), at Sagada Homestay Diner. Can I say that I was excited to see all the pies and cakes on the display shelf? So I asked Virg in a very nice and cheerful manner that we had to have at least one slice of cake or pie with every meal. She nodded yes. This blueberry pie was our first, as you can see, I already ate part of it before I took a photo of it. I was too excited. Desserts and chocolates do that to me. This pie was decent. It tasted healthful, and popping blueberry bits inside my mouth was fun.
Lemon pie, P35.00 per slice (US $0.70), at Sagada Homestay Diner. I channeled my inner Sansa Stark and was able to take a photo of this before I bit into it. It was not as citrusy as I hoped it would, but it was fluffy eating it was like eating air, and if romance had a taste, it lemon pie would have been its embodiment. Sansa Stark would have been proud.
Brazos de Mercedes, P35.00 per slice (US $0.70), at Sagada Homestay Diner. I cannot remember how this tasted, so it must have been steady lang.
Carrot cake, P35.00 per slice (US $0.70), at Sagada Homestay Diner. I liked this carrot cake more than I should. I do not know if it was the cold weather, but I enjoyed every morsel of it.
Custard cake, P35.00 per slice (US $0.70), at Sagada Homestay Diner. We ordered this with the carrot cake and thus suffered in comparison. On its own, it was good.
Lemon pie, P30.00 per slice (US $0.60), at The Sagada Lemon Pie House. The reputation of this lemon pie precedes it because everyone said it is great, the best lemon pie they have tasted. On our last night in Sagada, we changed our dinner plans to eat this lemon pie. The queue of lemon pie fans was long, and business was brisk. Imagine my disappointment when I tasted the lemon pie but did not taste a hint of lemon. It was soft and airy, but it could have been a different pie but definitely not a lemon pie. I was not alone in this observation. Six people in my group tasted different slices of this lemon pie, and we were all dismayed. I am sure that it is not the best lemon pie I have tasted. It is not even in the top 20.
Egg pie, P30.00 per slice (US $0.60), at The Sagada Lemon Pie House. After the disenchanting lemon pie, the egg pie seemed okay. It was better than a lot of egg pies I have eaten.
The Sagada Lemon Pie House menu, page 1
The Sagada Lemon Pie House menu, page 2
This ice cream is not from Sagada but from Baguio City. It was just a strikingly gorgeous strawberry ice cream whose taste rivaled its looks, so I included it here. ☺ I think this cost P20.00 (US $0.40), our fellow traveller paid for it. I was so tired and out of it so much so that when we stopped at Benguet strawberry farm, I decided not to get out of the van. I ate the ice cream inside the van. Once I finished it I wanted more but laziness to go out and buy another cone of ice cream won the day.
For related entries, please read Bomod-ok Falls, Kiltepan Peak, Sumaguing Cave, Banaue Rice Terraces, and Pasalubong – Sagada.