By Rod Gabriel | FoodFindsAsia
Visiting Baguio soon? Keep an eye out for these Tradisyon dishes to get a real taste of the country’s summer capital.
Baguio remains to be the most popular destination in the Philippines, especially during the warmest months of the year. Through the years, it has retained its moniker as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Tourists often flock to this cool capital most especially during the warmest days of the summer months. On such days, the temperature is always guaranteed better in Baguio. During my stay this March, 2016 in Azalea Residences Baguio, temperature went to as low as 14 degrees Celsius.
Here are my top nine must-try foods in Tradisyon:
9. Tradisyon Club Sandwich
A must-try for groups of three to four, craving for a quick snack after a tour around the city. Tradisyon’s Club Sandwich is a scrumptious three sliced toasted bread serving that contains thin-sliced seasoned char-grilled chicken breast, crisp hickory smoked bacon, grilled loaf ham, fried egg, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato with mayonnaise, and served with twice cooked house-cut fries.
8. Azalea Baguio Greens
The carefully selected Baguio homegrown greens – romaine, iceberg and spinach, with pineapple and orange tossed with a Baguio strawberry vinaigrette, drizzled with reduced balsamic vinegar salad selection, makes the vegans, smile with childlike delight.
7. Azalea Fish and Chips
Authentic British Chip shop-style crisp beer battered cream dory with twice-cooked house-cut chips, house-made tartar sauce from fresh lemon and malt vinegar. Perfect with a bottle of beer in one hand.
6. Tradisyon Monte Cristo
My breakfast of choice. This flat-grilled sweet ham, chicken, bacon and local cheddar cheese on triple-decker bread sandwich, is dipped in seasoned egg custard and pan-grilled to perfection, with a serving of twice-cooked house-cut fries.
5. Grilled Stuffed Squid
Seafood lover’s choice. This char-grilled whole squid selection is stuffed with shrimp, squid and vegetables. Usually served sliced and topped with a tangy tomato sauce on a bed of stir-fried julienne Chinese vegetables.
4. Tres Quezo and Roast Garlic
This three cheese mouth-watering pizza is a crowd favorite. Evenly baked to perfection, the pie crust is coated with tomato sauce and spinach leaves, sprinkled with crisp garlic and topped with three cheeses – gooey mozzarella, melted cheddar & aged Parmesan cheese.
3. Crispy Pata
The Filipinos’ choice. This pork knuckle deep fried dish is boiled in seasoned water then deep-fried till crisp and tender, served cut off the bone, with house-made liver sauce and fresh calamansi, soy sauce, garlic and chili.
2. Binagoongang Bagnet
An Ilocano specialty, this boiled lean pork belly (Chicharon Baboy) food is deep-fried till extra crisp, skinned then topped with shrimp paste, onions, garlic and tomatoes. Slightly sweet, salty and crunchy.
Tradisyon’s best of the best. This traditional Filipino tender cooked ox-triple & tail stew, thickened with roasted peanuts with eggplant, green beans and okra served with sauteed shrimp paste. This bestseller makes me keep on coming back for more, everytime.
Never leave Baguio, without even dining in Azalea Residences Baguio’s Tradisyon.
Just so you know, the Tradisyon crew looks good, too.
Photos by Ralph Matthew Gabriel