Several nights 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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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, plus my favorite laing, to enjoy while discussing all about Travel and Life.
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 end an evening and to celebrate a trip coming up soon, than over a steaming order of XO46's batchoy.
See you next weekend, Madrid, for another wonderful adventure in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
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