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September 6, 2007

Iloilo’s Finest: La Paz Batchoy

Filed under: Food — augel @ 8:00 am

The La Paz Batchoy

When someone comes to Iloilo, almost everyone says that they want to eat batchoy.

Batchoy is a noodle soup which originated in the district of La Paz, Iloilo City. The dish includes pork innards (liver, kidneys and heart) crushed pork cracklings (chicharon), vegetables, shrimp, chicken breast or beef loin, shrimp broth, chicken stock and round noodles or miki. The noodles are similar to spaghetti, but are generally a bit finer.

Oil is heated in a stock-pot. Innards, shrimp, chicken and beef are stir-fried for about a minute. Soy sauce is then added. The shrimp and chicken stock is then added and left to simmer for a few minutes. This broth is then added to a bowl of noodles and topped with leeks, pork cracklings and sometimes raw egg is cracked on top as well.


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