The first branch of Ted’s Old Timer La Paz Batchoy at the La Paz Public Market (Image: Matu Gorrieza)
The La Paz Public Market
is located at La Paz District in Iloilo City. It is the destination of lovers of the local brew whenever they are in the City of Love because it is where one can find the original branch of Madge Cafe.
Aside from coffee, people visit the public market because it is where Netong’s Original La Paz Batchoy can be found. In the middle of the La Paz Market, one will see the many batchoy (pork and beef noodle soup) lovers savoring their all-time favorite soup.
Of course, by the exterior of the market you will see the first branches of two of the popular specialty restaurants that prepare batchoy—Ted’s Old Timer La Paz Batchoy and Deco’s Original Batchoy. These three claim to have been the first to offer Ilonggos the taste of the original batchoy. Nevertheless, whoever developed the recipe, batchoy certainly originated in this public market.