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Buko Batchoy: A Healthy Soup Ilonggos Love

, Iloilo, Antique,

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Jun 13, 2016
Buko Batchoy: A Healthy Soup Ilonggos Love

Whenever it’s rainy season, we always crave a big bowl of soup to warm our stomach may it be for snacks or during meal time.

In Iloilo, some of the famous soups are molo and batchoy. These soups are known and loved by Filipinos that several restaurants all over the Philippines makes it as part of the menu.

Batchoy is a noodle soup garnished with pork innards (liver and kidney), crushed pork cracklings (chicharon), vegetables and topped with cracked raw egg. Batchoy originated in La Paz, Iloilo and it’s only in La Paz that you will experience its original and distinct taste.

Buko Batchoy of Bugasong, Iloilo via Katahum Tours

We’ve also heard of “buko batchoy” that originated in Bugasong, Antique.

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Now, Iloilo has adapted this variety of batchoy. You’ll find an eatery in Mandurriao known for its best tasting buko batchoy. The process is the same in making the original batchoy but with a twist, there’s buko!

Buko Batchoy


  • fresh pancit miki
  • pork innards like liver, chopped
  • pork, cooked and chopped
  • coconut (buko) meat, cut into strips
  • pepper
  • spring onion, sliced
  • fried garlic for extra flavor
  • buko juice broth
  • 1 piece egg (optional)
  • coconut shell that will serve as bowl


  • Place the fresh miki in the coconut shell.
  • Add the pork, liver, fried garlic, spring onions and pepper.
  • Add the buko strips.
  • Pour hot buko juice broth.
  • Garnish with chicharon (pork crackling).
  • You can add fresh egg while the soup is still hot.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Buko batchoy is not only delicious, it is also healthy! Let’s eat!

(buko batchoy photos and screen grabs are from MagTV na Amiga unless otherwise stated. Watch MagTV na Amiga at www.iwantv.ph)

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How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of PhP3,000++, round trip, one hour). You can also opt for a bus trip (estimated cost of PhP875++ per head, air-conditioned bus and boat fare, 17 hours plus).

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