The Bacolod food hunters visited three restaurants reputed to serve the BEST batchoy in Bacolod. We graded each bowl of batchoy according to 4 categories. For reference purposes and for standardization, we ordered the most expensive bowls of Batchoy in each place. Yup, that means all your super special batchoy with special ingredients.
Here are the 4 categories.. Maximum score is 5/5
1.) Number of Ingredients – Chicharon, liver, brain.. etc.
2.) Soup quality – How the soup tastes, portion size
3.) Extras – Refills, condiments, bread
4.) Cost – How much the bowl of soup costs.
1.) First up is Super Batchoy house! Super Batchoy house is located downtown (near Kit’s store and Centroplex).
Super Batchoy house has been in the business for about 35 years. This place is very popular among the locals for their bowls of Batchoy.
We got the Super Special Batchoy which came complete with a raw egg. It looked and smelled really good!
The Super Special Came with a free extra refill of soup and the option to add bread. Now Super Batchoy House bakes its own bread and the bread served here is FANTASTIC..
Super Batchoy House’s batchoy score
1.) Ingredients 5/5 : Really, this is too much! Your bowl is literally overflowing with extras. It is already a meal in itself!
2.) Soup 1/5: The taste of the soup is ok. What really kills the score is that the soup is usually served a little hot and not PIPING HOT as it should be. It’s disconcerting. The bowl of soup turns lukewarm rapidly. By the time your halfway done, it’s not hot anymore and you don’t want to finish the bowl at all.
3.) Extras 4/5 on the refill and the bread!
4.) Cost 5/5. A super special bowl, two loaves of bread and a soda is only 95 pesos.
The next place we tried is Pendy’s for their special Lechon Batchoy.
Pendy’s is one of the more expensive restaurants in Bacolod. They serve top quality food but sometimes some things on the menu get a bit expensive. We tried their Lechon Batchoy since the waiter recommended it to us.
The Batchoy is very interesting since it comes with lechon skin and bit of lechon meat. It still comes with lots of chicharon.
1. Ingredients 3/5: The lechon skin was soggy and not crispy. Not enough liver and other stuff. Toppings are mostly chicharon and lechon meat.
2. Soup 3/5: The soup came piping hot but it tasted bland and not very batchoy like.
3. Extras 1/5: Generic buttered toast was served. No free refill.
4. Cost 1/5: This bowl of soup cost 155php.
Verdict: Meh, not a fan of lechon and batchoy. The combination is too weird tasting. Some people may like it.
Next we have Bar 21’s batchoy! Their Batchoy is a popular merienda item.
1.) Ingredients 4/5: You get the typical batchoy stuff. Liver, some pork, chicharon.. etc. The amount is a bit on the skimpy side.
2.) Soup 5/5: OMG, the soup is so good! Served piping hot and served in a BIG ceramic bowl, it stays hot throughout the entire meal.
The soup is delicious and you will totally consume the entire bowl of soup.
3.) Extras 1/5: Ordinary buttered toast was served.
4.) Cost 5/5: The bowl was only 90 pesos!
It’s a TIE for Super Batchoy house and Bar 21. Each Batchoy has their good and bad points and BOTH are worth trying. We recommend going to Super Batchoy house for their generous amounts of toppings and their bread (just ask the saleslady to ensure that the soup be hot!) and we also recommend Bar 21 for the best tasting soup and the quality of service.
UPDATE: Since so many of you disagree with the verdict and we’ve accomplished our task (to increase awareness of the quality of Bacolod batchoy.) We’ve decided to have a poll!!