La Paz Bachoy Soup Recipe
Batchoy is a noodle soup made with pork organs, crushed pork cracklings, chicken stock, beef loin and round noodles.Its origins can be traced to the district of La Paz, Iloilo City in the Philippines, hence it is often referred to as La Paz Batchoy.
Most Filipinos eat the soup using spoon and fork, although it may undoubtedly be eaten using chopsticks as well. The soup is generally consumed first, the liquid broth rounds out the meal. Diners are encouraged to ask for a second, third, or even a fourth helping of kaldo (Hiligaynon, “broth”).
Batchoy’s true origin is inconclusive. Documented accounts include the following:
The dish was concocted in the La Paz market in 1938 by Federico Guillergan, Sr.His recipe called for a mixture of broth, noodles, beef and pork. The soup later evolved into its present form which has become Iloilo City’s most popular dish. Federico Guillergan, Jr., the son of the soup’s inventor, states that his father at first jokingly called the dish “bats” when asked for its name. Later, he added “choy”, from the vegetable dish chop suey.
Teodorico Lepura opened his first batchoy shop at the La Paz public market in 1945. Run by Lepura, his wife and their children, the shop sold the original La Paz batchoy at that time priced at 20 centavos per bowl. In the 1930s, as a teenager, Lepura learned the basics of making La Paz batchoy while working for a Chinese merchant, and eventually concocted his own version of the dish.
Other sources state that the dish originated from the Chinese community in La Paz.