Batchoy is synonymous to Iloilo. This could already be the very first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the word. This local soup is made from noodles, special broth and topped with pork cracklings, pork liver, various meat, and fried garlic.
History would trace back to La Paz and there are endless articles debating who was the first, who was the original, who is the best. Take this post a guide to help you decide which to head next when Batchoy cravings hit you.
Here is the top 10 batchoy in Iloilo:
1. Ted’s La Paz Batchoy
Ted’s La Paz Batchoy is a place that is quite familiar in the ears of Ilonggo. Ted’s in one of the institutions when it comes to batchoy service. Every bowl looks like a celebration – complete in ingredients and seasonings.
2. Netong’s La Paz Batchoy
Netong’s La Paz Batchoy is another name in batchoy industry that rings a bell. It can maintain its old setup at La Paz market, same old setup, and same old taste. Netong’s also have its version of an upscale branch. You can also taste the same bowl at their branch at The Atria Park District.
3. Deco’s La Paz Batchoy
Deco’s La Paz Batchoy is where you can enjoy your batchoy in a clean, convenient, and vibrant environment. Deco’s is revolutionizing the look of a batchoyan in Iloilo for an over-all batchoy experience.
Also read: Deco’s the Father of All Batchoys
4. Toto’s La Paz Batchoy
Toto’s Batchoy has a taste and quality can compete with popular batchoy houses. It has a branch in Citadines (Amigo Hotel) downtown area and very accessible to people whenever they crave for some warm soup.
Read also: Toto Batchoy: Warm Hearty Soup
5. Batchoyan ni Jasmin (Sta. Barbara)
Batchoyan ni Jasmin draws people from different towns and provinces in its location to have a taste of their batchoy version. If you want to come to this place, come early, there are really a lot of people coming from different places and you might not able to have some.
6. Lola Di’s Inayan (Barotac Nuevo)
Lola Di’s Inayan is another good place to have some batchoy. Their batchoy has a twist – they serve this with ginamos (shrimp paste) on the side.
7. Purit’s Batchoy (Oton)
Purit’s Batchoy is something you should not miss. While this can be your another soup, it has a taste that you will love. Check their schedule because the last time I went, they open around 1PM.
8. Inggo’s La Paz Batchoy
Inggo’s Original La Paz Batchoy has its own recipe of the popular bowl. It has survived the World War and maintained the quality of its taste in every strand of noodles, warmth of soup, slices of pork and will sure to give a filling experience.
9. Popoy’s La Paz Batchoy
Popoy’s La Paz Batchoy can be found inside the Iloilo Central Market. People from all walks of life sit together and slurps every spoon. Every bowl is overflowing, served piping hot and reasonably priced.
10. Pueblo de Alicia’s Restaurant
Pueblo de Alicia’s Restaurant is more of a general restaurant offering various dishes. However, through the years, it has promoted it batchoy in Iloilo that the Ilonggos heartily accepted. Having a bowl of Alicia’s is not something you will regret because the taste can compete with the rest.
Aside from these places, there are countless batchoyan around the city and the province. It is a favorite merienda especially paired with puto, pandesal or pan de leche. Batchoy can start for as low as P20 until hundreds of pesos per serving. While it is important for the owners and heirs to retain the “original”, “first-ever”, “most delicious” and other titles, what is important for us buyers is to have something comforting for the day that is actually valuable for our hard-earned money.