Given a split second, what’s the first thing you remember when you hear the word ‘Iloilo’? One in five, my approximation, will say ‘batchoy’. Batchoy is always appended to Iloilo the way Bicol Express is to Bicol. Batchoy is a noodle soup made with pork organs, crushed pork cracklings, chicken stock, beef loin, and round noodles. The origin of batchoy is traced to the district of La Paz, Iloilo City and is often referred to its iconic name, La Paz Batchoy.
Tracing the roots of batchoy, it came to existence in 1938 when Federico Guillergan Sr. concocted a dish made by mixing noodles, broth, beef and pork. When asked for the recipe’s name, the inventor would usually say ‘Bats’ and, later on, appended ‘-choy’ from chop suey, a popular vegetable dish. Moreover, another origin came into play when the first batchoy shop was put up in the district of La Paz by Teodorico Lepura in 1945. Back in the 1930s, Lepura concocted his own version of batchoy while working for a Chinese merchant. The earliest price of batchoy was 20 cents a bowl.
In today’s time, batchoy chains have been scattered everywhere in Iloilo and in the Philippines – and in July 2016, another addition came into play by the name of TOTO Batchoy. The batchoy at Toto’s is guaranteed MSG-free. You can have your batchoy super special at Php 79 or extra special at Php 89. Aside from that, you can likewise enjoy the variety of rice toppings (with a small serving of batchoy) and breakfast bowls.
To breakfast fanatics out there, TOTO Batchoy serves All Day Breakfast Meals.
Breakfast Bowls: Beef Tapa
Rice Toppings: Pork Flakes, served with mini batchoy – my personal favorite
The newest addition to their roster of interesting meals is SPAGHETTI ALL MEAT with toasted bread. My personal favorite, aside from the hearty bowl of batchoy, is their pork flakes – I am giving 5 and a half stars for it.
Our very own video presentation for TOTO Batchoy:
TOTO Batchoy is located at the Amigo Terrace Shops, corner Iznart and Delgado St.,Iloilo City.