It was a rainy afternoon. I had been wet and drenched from the rain because I had forgotten to bring an umbrella with me. I wanted a hot soup to make me feel warm. I decided to walk around and see what I'll find. I don't like to eat goto (rice porridge with ox tripe) or champorado (chocolate flavored rice porridge). I don't like to eat anything instant either. I am yearning for my Grandma's batchoy. I regret that I never got to ask her about her recipe. At the time, I didn't have any interest in cooking. It was just bad that nobody ever learned about her recipe so it wasn't passed on to anyone of us.
Anyway, going back to my desire to eat a hot soup on a rainy afternoon, I managed to find one particular signage on the island. It says, "Deco's: The Original La Paz Batchoy." I have heard of Deco's before but I never had that chance to eat their batchoy. In Manila, their branch can be found at Alphaland Southgate Mall in Magallanes, Makati. But what a small world it is, I found Deco's in Balabag, Malay in Boracay Island!
What do I say about the taste? I'd like to think it is a whole lot better than its rival Ted's Old Timer La Paz Batchoy. For one, a customer can choose whether he wanted his batchoy to have a miki, misua or bihon noodles. I had chosen miki on my batchoy because of it's more flavorful to use for soups than misua (it'll be thicker in sauce) or bihon (it's hard to swallow). I also liked the fact that Deco's have an unlimited soup broth at NO EXTRA CHARGE. Yes, you can have bowls and bowls of endless soup broths for FREE!
The crispy pork rinds was perfect for the batchoy. You can also choose whether you want your eggs done with sliced hard-boiled or have it freshly popped on the soup just as like Chinese people do with their nido soup. And best of all, Deco's La Paz batchoy is affordable at P75 for special, P79 for Super, and P85 for Extra. All these are the same except for its bowl size.
Btw, for those not fond of soups, you'll be glad to note that Deco's also serves tapsilog (marinated beef strips with fried egg and stir-fried rice).
Deco's La Paz Batchoy can be found at the ground floor of Alphaland Southgate Mall in Magallanes Makati and at Station 2, Balabag, Malay, Boracay Island.