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Top 10 Batchoy in Manila
A Soup Story: names the best bowls of the beloved batchoy.
By: Jenny B. Orillos  |   Published on: Jun 16, 2011 - 8:30am

La Paz Batchoy, this blessed bowl of broth, noodles and meat, is an Ilonggo specialty from La Paz, Iloilo City. We’re lucky that Ilonggo families (and their Bacolod neighbors) have brought the dish to Metro Manila restaurants and eateries—to provide us with a comforting meal during the rainy season, invigorate our early mornings and nourish us for merienda.

The heart and soul of the batchoy is the caldo, the soup stock simmered from meat (pork and/or beef) seasoned according to the cook’s secret recipe. The caldo is ladled on a bowl of meke (miki noodles) arranged with varying accoutrements such as sliced meats and innards, chicharon, fried garlic, chopped green onions, and fresh raw or boiled egg. A good caldo is a broth that could stand on its own regardless of how much filling you put on the bowl. You can finish it off till the last drop and ask for seconds to slurp with the noodles. Sometimes a good batchoy reveals itself through the aroma rising from the bowl—a hint of pork, the salty tang of guinamos (fermented shrimp paste), the fragrance of fried garlic.

After tasting 20 bowls of batchoy, we’ve encountered the whole range of caldo—from the barebones broth to the one with all the fireworks. It’s more than an ordinary soup stock, otherwise you might as well just eat a bowl of mami and squeeze half a calamansi on it. Always, the soup has a support system of long, thin meke noodles specially made for the batchoy. To counter the salty flavors, batchoy can be eaten with puto manapla or pan de sal. Though nothing beats batchoy from the batchoyans in Iloilo and Bacolod, here are some of the best we’ve tasted in the metro.


Our best bets for batchoy. Click for more.




Photos by Jenny B. Orillos

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  • foodtech
    The best Original Iloilo Special Lapaz Batchoy in Manila was located in Pasay City near Baclaran.
    Try it ! no jokes ! it was cooked by Breadpark Bakeshop. The original Blend of Lapaz Batchoy ! Usually the full ingredients came from Iloilo via PAL. Fresh Cooked Daily !
    Feb 19 2012 @ 02:15pm     Reply  
  • foodie
    Rai Rai Ken's version of La Paz Batchoy should be on the list!
    Dec 09 2011 @ 12:33pm     Reply  
  • mae
    Ang Batchoy na natikman ko na masasabi kung pinakamasarap ay sa Iloilo City! Teds Old Timers Lapaz Batchoy the best talaga.
    Jul 03 2011 @ 10:11pm     Reply  
  • tristan y.
    Teds and Decos... nothing comes close to these two!
    Jul 03 2011 @ 10:04pm     Reply  
  • juicydude
    isa sa mga batchot na masarap na natikman mo doon sa Bacolod wala ng iba
    Jul 03 2011 @ 07:40pm     Reply  
  • akolilo
    Ted's is still the best Lapaz Batchoy in Iloilo and in Bacolod as well.
    Jul 03 2011 @ 07:38pm     Reply  
  • suv111
    parang nakakasuka ang batchoy..mas masarap arrozcaldo
    Jul 03 2011 @ 06:52pm     Reply  
  • steak lover
    In the next 25 years when population growth becomesrnunsustainable, food and the water we drink will all bernfrom recycled waste. Japan is already at that stage of developing food from waste and possibly the dead will not be buried but reprocessed as food. The future is really scary because there are more people than natural resources.
    Jun 19 2011 @ 02:36am     Reply  
  • @steaklover
    Iyang technology na iyan ang kailangan ng Pilipinas! di ba? @ 101 Million population?
    Jun 19 2011 @ 12:47am     Reply  
  • jersey
    I agree! Ted's the best! Same with Deco's!
    Jun 18 2011 @ 11:07pm     Reply  
  • steak lover
    Bale wala from Japan they have developed Steak from human feces using a process called Synthesizing. They are developing human waste for food processing as a possible solution to rnJapans food shortage due to population growth. rn
    Jun 18 2011 @ 02:56pm     Reply  
  • @patient
    Isolated cases iyang sa inyo! Decades na akong kumakain ng batchoy, bakit naman walang adverse effect sa akin? At bakit food poisoning? di ba kumukulong tubig ang ginagamit diyan? at 100 Celsius dapat patay ang mga bacteria at ibang toxic organisms, di ba?
    Jun 18 2011 @ 01:27pm     Reply  
  • patient
    Got food poisoning from Bacolod Chicken Inasal batchoy. I was in the hospital for 3 days. My friend, who ordered the same thing, vomited 12 times. So it was definitely their food.
    Jun 18 2011 @ 11:40am     Reply  
  • ingrid
    i grew up eating at Bacolod's chicken house at the FEMII building. its a convergence of different types of people lahat naka kamay kumain
    Jun 17 2011 @ 09:51pm     Reply  
  • ma. zenia de la cruz
    Uhmmm! now I want batchoy. Missed this.
    Jun 16 2011 @ 07:13pm     Reply  
  • joko
    salamat gid!!... bigla akong nag crave ng batchoy!
    Jun 16 2011 @ 06:37pm     Reply  
  • alan
    Ted's the best!
    Jun 16 2011 @ 04:18pm     Reply  
  • chinkee
    Why is it that you guys always seem to be reading my mind?:-) I woke up craving for batchoy!
    Jun 16 2011 @ 11:30am     Reply  
  • trueblue ilonggo
    manamit gid, mga palangga!
    Jun 16 2011 @ 10:39am     Reply  
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