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La Paz Batchoy

The Philippines has a variety of soups, among which is the La Paz Batchoy, a noodle soup with origins that trace back to the district of La Paz, Iloilo, thus the name. It’s a warm soup made of mami noodles, garnished with pork innards, crushed pork cracklings, spring onions, and topped with a raw egg. It’s perfect for cold, rainy weather like today.

Stay warm and stay safe everyone!

Argh.
I am craving for this- batchoy.
Broth made of pork bones simmered for hours.
Noodles.
Pork liver, slivers of pork.
Topped with chicharon (crackling pork skin).
Slurp, slurp, slurp.

This is what I used to eat during the rainy days. In every street corner, there’s always a trusted batchoy house. Sometimes, I hate that I’m in Arizona.

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“Mamatchoy ta!”

Ever since my elementary days, eating batchoy after attending mass was a family tradition. When my brother and I transferred to Manila, however, we never got to eat together anymore. I then found out during college that the place has closed down.

We were wrong. Apparently, the place was just relocated. This morning, my parents and I went there, and I was so happy to see the new place! It’s now airconditioned, has more tables and chairs, and is open 24/7! 

A lot of things are unfamiliar (I was used to the vintage atmosphere of the old place), but some things stayed: the taste of their batchoy, the fact that my parents still speak to the staff using Hiligaynon/Ilonggo because they assume that they must understand it even if I’m pretty sure that the staff are Bisaya, and the happiness we get whenever we eat together as a family.

Ah, the simple joys in life. This place will always have a special space in my heart.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1526: Lucky Me! La Paz Batchoy Instant Noodle Soup - Philippines

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added thin sliced beef sauteed with garlic and sweet onion, sauteed chicken, sliced green onion, egg and shrimp sauteed until crispy in olive oil. The noodles have a nice gauge and good, standard texture. The broth has a very good beef flavor. It also has nice garlic flavor as well. The garnish adds a nice little chew to things; the ones that don’t get submerged get a nice little crunch. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 4807770191190.

Stuck

So I am spending my FIRST weekend here in ILO.  And yes, it’s Iloilo City.

Things I have done so far are:

  • Ate BEEF BATCHOY at Ted’s Oldtimer
  • Ate BISTEK TAGALOG and TURON at Bauhinian
  • Experienced the NIGHT LIFE at Century 21
  • Malling at SM CITY ILOILO
  • Learned a little bit of their (Ilonggo) language i.e. Halong (take care).

The city is pretty nice. As I mentioned to my office-mate, it’s a city and a province in one. :)