March 14, 2012 – Sooo Pinoy Food Tour Day 3 in Iloilo – Previous Post: Esca’s Garden Restaurant.

Original La Paz Batchoy
Original La Paz Batchoy

I used to think that Iloilo food is all about La Paz Batchoy but after two days of exploring the city, I realize that Iloilo is really a perfect foodie destination. After tasting so many local food of different versions, All Im excited about is our visit to Netong’s Original Special La Paz Batchoy.

It was our final day in Iloilo and before we head to Boracay for another series of food tasting, we went to the La Paz Public Market in La Paz to visit the restaurant who made our favorite Batchoy popular.


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I have tasted so many versions already like the one in Ted’s and Deco’s but after tasting Netong’s Lapaz Batchoy, I can say that the later is not just the original…. it’s still the best!

Batchoy Ingredients
Batchoy Ingredients

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Netong’s Original Special La Paz Batchoy

Bachui means peace of meat and this could be the root word or the origin of the word “Batchoy”. If in case you haven’t tasted Batchoy yet, It is a noodle soup that uses fresh miki with a delicious broth made from buto-buto broth mixed with pork liver, shrimps, chicken breast and slow boiled intestines.

Cafe Lata
Cafe Lata

The special miki soup is also garnished with crushed chicaron, fried garlic and spring onions. Along with their special batchoy, they also served their version of Putong Puti – a white rice cake wrapped in banana leaf.

Putong Puti
Putong Puti

They also serve Cafe Lata, a milky coffee served in an empty can of evaporated milk… its not just creative, its also good!

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Netongs Batchoy in La Paz

If you really want to taste authentic and truly “namit” Batchoy, schedule a visit to the La Paz Public Market and experience Batchoy in the place where it all started. Truly, theres nothing like the original!

Netong’s Original Lapaz Batchoy
Inside Lapaz Public Market, Lapaz, Iloilo 
Phone: +63 33 396-2189
Emailnetongslapazbatchoy@yahoo.com
Facebook: Netong’s Original Special La Paz Batchoy

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  1. I agree! Whenever I get cravings to eat batchoy and invite my mom out, she would always take me there! I would complain why she doesn’t take me to Ted’s or Deco’s instead which is more popular around the city but she would argue that Netong’s is the original and that she refuses to eat other restaurants’ batchoy because she believes that it is still the best, which I have proved to be right after I tagged along with her.

    By the way, it is only walking distance from our house so we can go there anytime we want or buy batchoy for merienda where we would take a big pitcher or container and buy batchoy to go and eat together at our house to share with my whole family along with my cousins, aunts and uncles who were also our neighbors. Haha!

    .: Shared your post on facebook! I want my friends to read about this too…makes me sooo proud to be Ilonggo! ^_^

  2. Growing up in Lapaz, the most popular Lapaz Batchoy is Ted’s. I don’t think they would be branching out around the city and in different parts of the country if they are not that good or popular. Netong is definitely not the original. How can he be the original and the inventor of the dish if some other person named Ted or Deco also knows how to make the dish and has more following than him. If I invented some dish, would I share the recipe with everyone else then try to compete with them as the best? Going back to the claim that Netong’s made Lapaz Batchoy popular, I have to disagree with that. In fairness to Ted’s, this establishment made the dish popular. It was Ted’s who made the 3 choices of lapaz batchoy. Back in the old days, There are 2 choices only, Ordinary and Special. Ted’s made the 3 choices, Special, Super, and Extra. They are also the first to use Miswa, Bihon, and Sotanghon as noodle variants for Lapaz Batchoy. Ted’s is the true innovator. I remember a few years back, when Injap first bought the ownership of Deco’s, some local bloggers also jumped into conclusion that Deco’s was the best because of the claim that he invented the dish. Unknown to most bloggers, Deco and Netong are blood relatives. Both belong to the Guillergan family. Now, how can this two fellows have contrasting claims? Anyway, for me, the reason why it became a favorite by local bloggers is that, it simply fits the definition of what batchoyans were back in the days: Inside the Public Market, the caldohan is in the open, ingredients hanging out in the air. Years back, before the advent of the blogging era, you will never hear anyone mention this establishment. Its all Deco’s and Ted’s. Nat’s and Popoy’s are even more popular because they sometimes pop out whenever there is a conversation about Lapaz Batchoy.

    Again, for the claim of making Lapaz Batchoy popular? Lapaz Batchoy is already popular even before this establishment was made popular by young Ilonggo bloggers.

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