Authentic Lomi Batangas
Your Batangas food trip will not be complete without our very own Batangas lomi. Since the 80′s, lomi houses mushroomed along the roads and towns of the province. If I am not mistaken, all the towns and cities of Batangas have numbers of lomi houses where local folks seemed so into.
In Lipa City, we have the famous Lomi King with several branches now. Also we have the Three Kids Lomi house, Benok’s, Rose’s, Panciteria, and so on. There is also one Lomi House in Pangao, which is quite popular among Batanguenos, their special lomi has meaty toppings including crunchy chicharon.
I myself won’t let a week or a month pass without having a bowl of mouth-watering lomi. (gosh, I feel like indulging into one now.)
One of the prides of Batangas is its brand of Lomi. Thick, savory and addictive are sure words to describe this one of a kind dish.
Every true Batangueno mommy knows how to cook this slimy concotion. But for you out there who could only wonder on how it is done, here is the recipe of an authentic Batangas Lomi:
1/4 kilo lomi noodles (flat)
1/2 cup pork (sliced into strips)
1/2 cup shrimps, shelled
1/4 cup chopped ham
1 large onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
6-7 cups chicken or meat broth
2 tbsp. cooking oil
1 tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in water
2 raw eggs
salt to taste
Saute garlic and onion. When brown add pork, shrimps, and ham. Add patis; stir for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, cover and simmer until water is almost dry. Add broth. Cover and let boil for 10 minutes.
Drop in noodles. Let boil for 3 minutes and thicken with dissolved cornstarch. Put off the heat.
Beat eggs and stir in. Do not boil. Serve at once.
Your cooked Lomi will taste better if you have toyomansi with chili, minced onion and garlic sauce.
– from wowbatangas.com
If you’re not into cooking, there is a heaping amount of Lomihan scattered around the province. The more parked tricyles in front of the lomihan, the more tasty is the lomi served. See, for unknown reasons, tricycle drivers in Batangas are the best references when it comes to choosing the best Lomihan in town.
Experience also tells me that the best partner of a Batangas Lomi is a good slice of loaf bread and an ice cold soft drink. A stick of Marlboro Lights after munching on a generous serving of Batangas’ pride would nicely top it all off.