When one speaks of Iloilo, one of the first things that come to mind are the heritage sites. But if you are thinking of Iloilo with an empty stomach, then you would definitely be thinking about the famous La Paz Batchoy. Once you are in Iloilo, La Paz Batchoy is the food that you must definitely try out for yourself. And one of the famous places to get it is at Popoys Original La Paz Batchoy.


The Ilonggo dish called La Paz Batchoy commonly consists of noodles, pork organs, beef loin, with fried garlic, spring onions, and crushed chicharon (pork cracklings). In comparison to other noodles, the round noodles for La Paz Batchoy are cooked to be really soft unlike the concept of ‘al dente’.

Not all La Paz Batchoys are cooked the same. They have secret recipes that make it taste better compared to others. Once you get to eat a whole meal of Popoys La Paz Batchoy, it will leave you extremely satisfied. The broth offers consistency with its flavors and creamy texture.


To eat the authentic La Paz Batchoy, you should go to the Central Market of Iloilo. While some of the other La Paz Batchoy eateries are air-conditioned in various places, Popoys Original La Paz Batchoy remains true to its core values. To eat their food, you will sit side by side with other people who are enjoying it. The place has red tables with stools and benches lined in the area. With the homemade food and sociable setup of the place, you will find yourself having fun while eating.


If you want to see the chef in action, just take a seat near the cooking area. You will see the cook chop the ingredients, prepare it with the noodles, fill the bowl with their special broth, and top it off with crispy chicharon. Just watching it get prepared will make your mouth water in expectation.


A whole meal of La Paz Batchoy with sides and drinks will only cost you less than a hundred pesos. The Super Special Miki Batchoy only costs Php 60, Php 10 for additional egg, Php 10 for additional Pan De Leche, and Php 15 for the soft drinks.


You will find Popoys Original La Paz Batchoy at the Iloilo Central Market. If you want to walk, the market is near the heritage commercial district of Calle Real de Iloilo and it is only two blocks from the City Hall.

There are many casual dining areas in Iloilo that offer La Paz Batchoy. Many of them claim that they are the best place to eat La Paz Batchoy. If you are in doubt, then why not try them all. All of them have a secret recipe for making the ‘Best La Paz Batchoy’, and everyone has a different preference for food. Go to Iloilo and find out which of them is the best, and you will learn that this article speaks the truth in claiming that Popoys Original La Paz Batchoy will not let you down.

There are many ways to prepare your batchoy. Here’s one you can try at home.

Make your own Batchoy at Home:

  • 1/4-kilo pork liver cut in strips
  • 1/4 kilo steamed pork meat cut in strips
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 150 g. egg noodles or pancit
  • 1 pork cube
  • 4-5 cups of water
  • 1-2 tbsp. fish sauce
  • a dash of pepper

Optional toppings:

  • 1/4 cup onion leeks, chopped
  • 1 raw egg
  • 1/4 cup chicharon crushed
  • calamansi or lemon juice
  • fried garlic

Batchoy Cooking Instructions:

Heat cooking oil in a pan. Saute garlic and onion until fragrant.
Add pork liver and pork meat; saute until light brown.
Pour in water and drop the pork cube. Season with soy sauce, and a dash of pepper. Bring to boil. Simmer cook over low heat for at least 15-20 minutes or until meat is tender.
When meat is tender, place in egg noodles and stir. Let noodles soak for a few minutes until cooked. Turn off heat.
Add your garnishing and serve.

Enjoy your food trip!

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One Comment

  1. don’t forget the unlimited sabaw!

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