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Merienda ni Nanay Tagaytay Lugaw

We were so hungry we were ready to eat our camera straps. It was several hours back in Manila when we’ve had our last meal. We rode the three-hour bus trip to Tagaytay, checked in at Crosswinds Tagaytay, and did some photo ops. It was fully dark when we alighted from a jeep at the Magallanes Square, the happening area in the city, for some grub.

It’s unbelievable that even with our level of hunger, we were still picky on where to eat. Our criteria? The budget. We’re set on having plates of longsilog and tapsilog paired with a serving of Tagaytay bulalo at Ahy Foodhouse, my favorite cheap tapsihan in the city. We were devastated to find an empty spot instead of a carinderia, the guard at the 7-Eleven told us that it has since moved to another place.

Merienda ni Nanay Tagaytay
MERIENDA NI NANAY IN TAGAYTAY

Without a second option, we looked around and spotted Merienda ni Nanay. Hmmm, a hot bowl of lugaw (rice porridge), might just be the perfect dish to replace our greasy tapsi cravings.

Merienda ni Nanay Tagaytay
INTERIORS FILLED WITH PINOY PASALUBONG

We entered the place, checked their menu, and gave each other a thumbs up. Servings were way below the hundred-peso mark. Aprroved!

The lugawan is located right at the gate of Bali Seafood Paluto, right on the main highway. It’s a small air-conditioned shed with a balcony set with al fresco tables. Enamored with the decorative capiz windows lining the deck, we chose the outside seats. It’s definitely more enjoyable to eat lugaw with Tagaytay’s cool weather right in your face.

Merienda ni Nanay Tagaytay
AL FRESCO AREA

As its name suggests, Merienda ni Nanay mostly offer Filipino snacks—goto, mami, palabok, turon, halo-halo, sago, and silog meals. Even with our initial thought of having silog, we changed plans since it was priced at PHP110.00; ten pesos more than our intended budget, lol. And yeah, as I kept on saying, Tagaytay’s cold weather just screams for a hot bowl of lugaw.

Merienda ni Nanay Tagaytay
INDOOR DINING HAS A BIT OF A JAPANESE FEEL

There wasn’t much debate on what we’re having. It was our standard lugawan order—two bowls of lugaw with egg, lumpiang togue (vegetable spring rolls), and tokwa (fried tofu). It totaled at PHP155.00. A bit expensive compared to your corner street lugawan, but considering its location and comparing it to Baguio’s Goto BP , it’s actually not that bad.

Merienda ni Nanay Tagaytay Goto
OUR STANDARD LUGAWAN ORDER

Serving time was pretty quick, bowls of lugaw were soon steaming on our table followed by the side-dishes. The thought of posting these on Instagram was the only thing that kept us from grabbing our spoon and shoving everything down our gullet, lol.

Merienda ni Nanay Tagaytay Tokwa
THIS IS PERFECT

The lugaw was as superb as any lugaw and egg combo can be, the tokwa was heavenly—crisply fried shell with really soft insides—and the lumpia was crunchy, definitely freshly cooked. Even the vinegar-soy sauce was mixed just right, we added a helping of chilis for added oomph. We also bought a small bag of chicharon, crushed it, and sprinkled it all over our lugaw. Perfect.

Merienda ni Nanay served everything that I was hoping for on a lugawan. Next time, I’d definitely order double helpings of their lumpia and tokwa.

 

 

Merienda ni Nanay Tagaytay
Address: Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Magallanes,
              Maharlika East, Tagaytay City, Cavite
Contact Number: (046) 483-5298
Open Hours:
Merienda ni Nanay Menu
GPS Coordinates Map: 14.102480, 120.950463
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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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