We Replaced Bacon with Etag from Sagada in This Potato Salad to Get the Smoked Meat’s Full Flavor

November 11, 2018

The -ber months are finally truly here, with nights being cool enough for a sweater, and Jose Mari Chan’s voice singing for us to do our Christmas shopping (literally). November also brings with it coffee harvesting season, which makes it the ultimate time to visit Sagada. Aside from the famous coffee and yogurt though, another pasalubong to bring home from Sagada is etag, which is a Sagada-style salted and smoked pork—it has a rich and intense flavor from those two steps on top of its months-long aging process.

We got this much Etag for PHP350 at the market.

So you’ve got your incredible etag and have no idea what to do with it. Since some may find it too salty to eat on its own, we decided to give it a tangy contrast and dilute that saltiness by tossing cooked etag in a potato salad. As with any dish, you can reduce or add salt to your taste. And TBH if you don’t have etag but still want to enjoy a potato salad, you can just replace the etag in this recipe with bacon. Boom—you’ve got a dish that is perfect for this season’s potlucks.

  • Serves: 4 people
  • Active time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Medium



  • 3 cups baby potatoes, cut in half
  • 2 tbsp. salt


  • 100g etag, about ½ cup chopped
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 3 tbsp. stoneground mustard
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup spring onions, chopped


  1. In a large pot, add potatoes and cover with cold water.
    Add salt and stir.
  2. Place pot over high heat until water is boiling.
  3. Cook potatoes until fork tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. While the potatoes are cooking, add oil and etag to a pan over medium-low heat.
  5. Cook for 3 minutes or until etag is slightly crispy and rendered.
  6. Add etag and any remaining fat/oil to a large bowl.
  7. Add in the mustard, vinegar, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  8. Mix until well combined.
  9. When the potatoes are tender, drain off the water and add the warm potatoes to the dressing.
  10. Toss until well coated, then add the red and spring onions.
  11. Serve warm.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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