Sunday, July 14, 2013

The best batchoy in Manila is at XO46, which also serves the best halo-halo in Manila.



The very night before I left Manila for Colombo over two weeks ago, I had dinner with a friend at XO46.

In case you've been living on another planet, XO46 is that very delicious Filipino restaurant that serves the best halo-halo in Manila.

It also serves the best laing, the best bangus, and the best adobong Batangas -- as far as I'm concerned.

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Anticipating two weeks of dhal curry in Sri Lanka, I really wanted to have Filipino food for a last evening in Manila, living a Travelife.

So we hied off to XO46 to sample their newly-released assortment of batchoy.

THE BEST BATCHOY IN MANILA



And now I have a new item to add to the "Best of..." list of XO46: they truly serve the best batchoy in Manila.

If you're looking for really good, non-commercial Filipino food in Manila, don't look any further than XO46, which is in Salcedo Village in Makati.




THE REAL THING




This place doesn't scrimp on ingredients, and you get honest-to-goodness Filipino food cooked better than most grandmothers would make.

And make sure you try the batchoy, along with the laing, the adobong Batangas, the bangus salpicao and the halo-halo.

BATCHOY, LIKE YOU'VE NEVER HAD IT BEFORE



My friend and I had one order of batchoy each.

The portions were large and so beautifully presented on a tray.

The ingredients were so deadly for cholesterol levels as well -- think a whole bone marrow on a bowl, to shake out and mix into your batchoy soup -- but this is certainly one batchoy you should try.

TWO KINDS OF BATCHOY



We tried two kinds of batchoy: the batchoy with a side order of beef cheeks, and the batchoy with a side order of lechon belly.

Both were very good but I'm partial to the lechon belly.



They have other types of side dishes to go with the batchoy as well, and I can't wait to try these sometime.

THE BIG DIFFERENCE



What makes XO46's batchoy different?

First, the soup is just so tasty.

Then, there's a bunch of ingredients to mix into the soup: lots of garlic, the bone marrow (each person gets an entire bone) and all kinds of vegetables on the side.



MY SECOND LOVE

I really like batchoy.

However, until now, I really didn't know where to get a very good one until XO46 started offering batchoy on their menu just a few weeks ago.

Of course you can find batchoy on the menu of many restaurants, but almost every single batchoy I've had in Manila is the commercial kind.




There's no better way to start a new adventure than to have a steaming order of XO46's batchoy, on the last evening before another flight out, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.





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