FILIPINO FOOD / LA PAZ BATCHOY / NOODLE SOUP / TORONTO / STREET FOOD/ TRAVEL GUIDE ᐧ JAN 2016 ᐧ R TIGNO
Recently, Eater has included Filipino food in it’s 2017 official food trend listicle and I couldn’t agree more. This list is backed up by Bloomberg and Food Network too. They described Filipino food as “a mix of, among other things, Chinese, Spanish, Malay and plenty of other Southeast Asian influences.”
Before the hype catches on, I want to throw my two cents and introduce you to a Filipino noodle soup that you can add to your noodle soup game. This is the classic La Paz Batchoy from the La Paz district of Iloilo City. If I can compare it to any noodle soup to its Asian counterparts, I can say that this is very similar to Tokyo Style Ramen.
How to eat this noodle soup?
Its broth is made of Guinamos, a shrimp paste that is boiled until the flavors come out, toasted garlic and beef bones. This soup uses egg noodles and topped with fried chicken, pork offals, beef from the shank and chicharon, a deep fried pork skin goodness as well as green onions and toasted garlic. You can request for boiled egg if you want too.
Where to go?
If you are in Toronto like me, you can try it out at Coffee In, 2181 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1P. Coffee In is a small mom and pop shop. The owners are from Iloilo and they know what they are doing. Their Batchoy is as authentic as it gets.
You can also try their chicken barbecue and some other authentic dishes from their region. If you like vegetables you can try their Guinataang Kalabasa (Squash in Coconut Milk) have it with one cup of rice and enjoy the rest of your day happy.
If you have tried this tell me about it in the comment section or tag me on Instagram.
What other Filipino food you love? Tell me about it in the comments section.