The April sun shone brightly as I climbed down the stairs connected from an Airbus A320-200 plane and walked to the tarmac of Iloilo Airport. While waiting for my cousin, I took a deep breath and welcomed the Ilonggo air to my system.
Finally, Iloilo na guid!
Like any other modern airports in the country, we had a long walk from the tarmac to the the arrival hall. My tita was already there, waiting for us.
(Ted’s Special La Paz Batchoy. Photo courtesy of efrenefren)
It was a long drive from Iloilo Airport to the city proper. We had the usual kamustahan stuff for a minute or two, then dead silence.
And my aunt knew the reason why.
“Nakapamahaw na mo?” (Have you eaten your breakfast yet?)
I replied in broken Hiligaynon, “Indi b’la mi nakakaon ug breakfast. Super early b’la flight namon.” (We haven’t eaten our breakfast. Our flight was too early and we had no time.)
“Tara, kaon tag Batchoy sa Ted’s!” (Alright, let’s eat breakfast at Ted’s!)
It was a Sunday morning and there were only a few cars on the road. While roaming the streets of Jaro, we spotted Ted’s and hurriedly parked our car. We entered the restaurant and yes, the aroma of Batchoy hit me.
(Clockwise starting from Top-left: Extra La Paz Batchoy, Super Batchoy, Sotanghon Batchoy and Beef Batchoy. Photo courtesy of Ted’s official website.)
Since I want to try their specialty, I ordered their Special La Paz Batchoy.
Batchoy is a noodle soup made with pork organs, crushed pork cracklings, shrimp, vegetables, chicken stock, chicken breast, beef loin and round noodles. Its origins can be traced to the district of La Paz, Iloilo City in the Philippines, hence it is oftentimes referred to as La Paz Batchoy.
And boy, I was surprised upon seeing their ‘special’ La Paz Batchoy. It surely does contain a generous amount of pork chicharon/cracklings, pork innards, egg and liver. All I can say is: Namit gid ang Batchoy sa Ted’s!
This is one of the things I miss about Iloilo. I’m pretty sure that the Ilonggos are very proud of their very own La Paz Batchoy. I can’t wait to be back at Iloilo in a few months!
Dining at Ted’s was one of my best gastronomic experiences!
PS: I have visited their website and learned that they have a branch at KCC Mall in General Santos City! I wish they’d open a branch here in Davao!