The Ultimate Batangas Lomi Showdown: Ranking the Best Bowls in Town


Noodles take so much historical weight for many cultures around the world, and lomi from Batangas is one of them. Originating from Lipa, Batangas back in 1968, this delicious concoction was an invention of To Kim Eng. What started as a way to please a few friends during a game of mahjong has now become a beloved Filipino food enjoyed by many.

It’s the meaty toppings like pork liver, fish balls, chicharon, kikiam, and quail eggs that give it its distinct flavor, and that thick, comforting broth is what ties everything together. Those elements elevated the Batangas lomi from a simple noodle dish to a comforting, filling meal.

If you live nearby a condo in Batangas or you’re just eager to go on your own flavor adventure and savor the best lomi in Batangas, keep an eye out for this article. It’ll guide you straight to the top-ranked spots in Batangas.

tuy lomiPhoto courtesy of Melchior22 via Wikimedia


Ranking standards

When it comes to evaluating a bowl of lomi, there are some key criteria that come into play such as flavor, texture, aroma, and presentation. Each of these elements adds its own special touch as to why lomi is famous in Batangas:

  • Flavor – This is where you really get to taste the magic of the broth and all those delicious toppings. Is it rich and savory? Too salty? Does it have that perfect balance of seasoning? That’s what you should be looking out for.
  • Aroma – The moment your bowl is placed right in front of you, you should be greeted by a tantalizing scent that promises a truly delicious meal ahead. It’s like a preview of the flavor explosion to come.
  • Texture – You wouldn’t want your noodles to turn into a soggy mess halfway through the bowl. A good bowl of lomi finds that sweet spot between chewy noodles and tender toppings, and each bite is satisfying until the last spoonful.
  • Presentation – You eat with your eyes first, after all. A beautifully presented bowl of lomi not only looks appetizing but also worth an Instagram post. Many restaurants may overlook this aspect, but it determines how much respect and pride is put into each bowl.
  • Value for money – This is an important aspect when it comes to enjoying a hearty local dish like lomi. While the quality and experience should be appreciated, it must also be worth the price to everyone.

Dining out isn’t just about the food—it’s about the entire sensory experience. Unlike a quick bite on the go, lomi is meant to be savored and enjoyed leisurely, thereby requiring the right mood setting.

It’s true that some of the best restaurants you’ve probably had can be found in hidden alleys. There’s a certain charm to those places and a raw authenticity that adds to the experience. But regardless of the setting, the overall dining experience still matters.

Taste is always subjective. What one person loves, another might not. So keep in mind that the opinions shared here are just one perspective among many. The best dining experiences are those that resonate with you personally. Food is meant to be enjoyed, and everyone’s taste is unique.


The best Batangas lomi destinations

Batangas is brimming with fantastic lomi houses, but after much deliberation, we’ve narrowed it down to the top seven choices. These establishments have earned their spot on the list for their flavorful broths, generous toppings, and overall dining experience.

1. Alaw Tiluk Lomi House

alaw tiluk lomi housePhoto courtesy of Alaw Tiluk Lomi House via Facebook

Address: Potenciana Village, Pallocan West, Batangas City

Price range: ₱60 to ₱120

They offer their signature lomi in jumbo sizes with the option to upgrade to double toppings for an extra treat. Each bowl has a generous serving of chicharon, boiled eggs, and pork liver atop a thick, flavorful broth.

Operating hours are from Tuesday to Saturday, starting at 7 AM and closing at 5 PM. Due to high demand, they may occasionally run out of ingredients, so it’s wise to arrive early.

This spot sits in the front yard of a home located in a residential neighborhood. Recognized as the Best Lomi in Batangas City by Your Home Radio, it’s no wonder locals and visitors alike flock here for a taste of their lomi.

2. Liam’s Lomi House

liam's lomi housePhoto courtesy of Liam’s Lomi House via Facebook

Address: Recenos Compound, Gen. Luna St, Lipa, 4217 Batangas

Price range: ₱95 to ₱115

At this lomi spot, the choice is yours when it comes to noodles. Opt for the thick egg canton noodles, rice bihon noodles, or a combination of both. They offer a lot of different lomi variants, including beef, asado, lechon fish tofu, and more.

With spacious tables and ample parking, this place is perfect for accommodating large groups. Plus, with doors opening as early as 6 AM, it’s an ideal stop for breakfast.

3. Corcolon Lomi House

Address: San Jose, Batangas

Price range: ₱90 to ₱720

Located within a medium-sized sari-sari store, this roadside lomi house offers more than just a quick meal stop. They provide ample parking, making it convenient for families, even those arriving in vans.

Unlike typical lomi spots, they go the extra mile by offering a variety of bowl sizes for those going solo, groups of friends (barkada), and even large family portions. But what truly sets them apart is their generous toppings, including massive pieces of chicharon.

4. Lomi King

lomi king lipaPhoto courtesy of lomiking via Instagram

Address: Pres. J.P. Laurel Highway, Purok 4 Paninsingin, Lipa, Batangas

Price range: ₱95 to ₱145

Another favorite roadside lomi joint for those on a budget. You can have classic special lomi loaded with pork liver, kikiam, and fish balls, or something a bit different like chicken lomi or beef lomi. While they do have some parking available, it’s best to plan your visit wisely, especially during peak hours as this popular spot tends to fill up fast.

 5. Chef Jep Lomi House (Home of the Famous Lomi sa Palayok)

chef Jep lomi housePhoto courtesy of CHEF JEP via Facebook

Address: Purok 4 Barangay, Batangas, 4200 Batangas

Price range: ₱120 to ₱200

Tucked away in a remote corner of Batangas is a real hidden spot run by Chef Jep and his mom. Their lomi bowls are like little works of art with toppings carefully arranged to catch your eye before you dig in.

If you’re not a fan of crowded spots, you’re in luck as this place has a cozy indoor setting, perfect for those seeking a quiet, laid-back dining experience. It’s the ideal spot to unwind and enjoy a delicious bowl of lomi away from the city.

6. Chenelen’s Lomi Hauz

chenelen lomi hauzPhoto courtesy of Chenelen Lomi Hauz via Facebook

Address: Calaca, Batangas

Price range: ₱40 to ₱125 | + ₱25 for extra toppings

This lomi spot offers not only delicious bowls but also affordability that’s hard to beat. Despite its cozy size, they’ve made sure to provide parking for their customers’ convenience.

If you’re a fan of onions, they’ll gladly heap on some extra for you. But what really sets them apart is their modern twist on lomi, with selections like sisig lomi, adding an exciting spin to this classic dish.

7. Lipa City Panciteria

Address: Lipa City, Batangas

Price range: ₱70 to ₱160

Dating back to 1968, this spot is the lomi origin in Batangas. They also make their own egg noodles in-house, a tradition they never let go. Just a pro tip: bring a friend along because their portions are downright massive.

These lomi spots are just a sneak peek into what Batangas is known for, and going on a lomi quest with friends and family can be a delightful adventure. With each new discovery, you’ll uncover not just delicious flavors, but also treasured memories waiting to be made.


Honorable mentions and hidden spots

With so many incredible lomi spots to explore, it’s impossible to cover them all in one article. That’s why we’d be remiss not to give a nod to some honorable mentions. There’s just so many waiting to be discovered.

1. Tres Maria’s Lomi Hauz

tres maria's lomi hauzPhoto courtesy of Tres Maria’s Lomi Hauz via Facebook

Address: 7180 Villas De Jesus St, 1 Arrieta Rd 1, Batangas, 4200 Batangas

Price range: ₱60 to ₱290

It’s one of those open secrets. This is classified as a “hidden gem” but by the time the clock strikes three, ingredients are sold out. You can get the Regular, Double Topping, and Overload.

2. AA’s Lomi

Photo courtesy of AA’s LOMI via Facebook

aa's lomiAddress: Taal, Batangas

Price range: ₱65 to ₱120

Many folks swear by this joint as the ultimate lomi destination in Batangas, and they might just be onto something. You’ll be greeted by rustic interiors complemented by colonial architecture. Here’s a little secret: you can always ask for extra of those delicious toppings free of charge. While it’s known to fill up quickly, don’t let that deter you. It maintains a cozy ambiance that’s perfect for heartwarming conversations with loved ones.

3. Lomihan sa Madalunot

lomihan sa madalunotPhoto courtesy of LOMIHAN SA MADALUNOT via Facebook

Address: Calaca, Batangas

Price range: ₱45 to ₱165

Housed in a small yet inviting space, Lomihan sa Madalunot is perfect for those seeking a comforting bowl of noodles infused with the best flavors. For those who prefer a lighter meal, there’s the option of a smaller bowl. Meanwhile, their vegetable lomi is for those inclined towards a plant-based diet.

Lomi will always be a classic Filipino food. So whether you’re a purist sticking to tradition or an adventurous eater eager to push the boundaries, one thing’s for sure: lomi is meant to be enjoyed however you want.


Tips for enjoying Batangas Lomi to the fullest

The classic combo of pork liver, fish balls, and chicharon is always a winner, but why not shake things up a bit? Here are some ways you can have more flavor rollercoaster with the best noodle bowl:

1. Explore different toppings

Lomi traditionally comes with sliced pork, liver, hard-boiled eggs, and vegetables such as cabbage and carrots. But try experimenting with herbs and vegetables like crispy fried garlic or onions, chopped scallions, and even cilantro.

2. Spice it up

Add a kick to your lomi by adding spicy elements like chili oil, sliced chili peppers, fresh jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce. This can make a big difference for flavor dimensions.

3. Change up your eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are a common topping, but you can take it up a notch by trying a soft-boiled or poached egg instead. The creamy yolk can add richness and depth to the broth.

4. Get a sweet beverage

Pairing a sweet, icy beverage with a steaming hot bowl of lomi, especially on a sweltering day is the perfect tasteful contrast. Get some calamansi juice, sago’t gulaman, or freshly brewed barako coffee for an authentic dining experience.

When you’re exploring Batangas’ tourist spots with activities and local attractions, it’s always a good idea to tap into the power of technology—Google Maps is your friend. Just type in what you’re looking for, and you’ll have a list of hotspots, complete with reviews, ratings, and directions on how to get there.

It can also be tempting to go to popular tourist spots and stick to a rigid itinerary but don’t be afraid to explore lesser-known areas. You might stumble upon hidden gems like family-owned eateries serving up authentic Batangueño delicacies. Keep an eye out for local recommendations or ask locals for their favorite spots.

Speaking of Batangas, DMCI has some units up for grabs in San Juan, Batangas, right at Solmera Coast. So if you’re all about the beach breeze of Batangas and the convenience of exploring the culinary scene for a lomi fix, this could be the right place for you to stay.

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Enjoying Batangas Lomi at home

Suddenly craving for a taste of Batangas lomi but can’t make the trip? No worries, you can bring that deliciousness right into your kitchen! Here’s a simple way to whip up a traditional Batangas lomi at home:

1. Gather your ingredients

You will need:

  • 100g of pork liver
  • 100g of fish balls
  • 100g of kikiam (Chinese sausage)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup of shredded cabbage
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 50g of chicharon (crispy pork cracklings), crushed
  • 2 tablespoons of cassava starch
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 4 cups of soup stock

2. Prepare your toppings

Start by slicing the pork liver, fish balls, kikiam, garlic, onion, cabbage, and carrots into bite-sized pieces. Crush the chicharon into smaller bits for that satisfying crunch.

black mortar and pestle beside brown box in top view photographyPhoto courtesy of toddquackenbush via Unsplash

3. Cook the broth

In a pot, sauté the garlic and onion until fragrant. Add the soup stock and bring it to a simmer.

4. Add the noodles

Once the broth is simmering, add the egg noodles. Cook them according to the package instructions until they’re tender but still slightly chewy. If you get them fresh, add them much later as they can get easily overcooked. Pour in your dissolved cassava starch.

5. Layer on the goodness

Add the sliced pork liver, fish balls, kikiam, cabbage, carrots, and any other toppings you desire into the pot. Let them simmer until they’re cooked through.

6. Season to taste

Season your lomi with soy sauce to add that classic Batangas flavor. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.

7. Serve and enjoy

Once everything is cooked to perfection, ladle the steaming hot lomi into bowls. Top each bowl with a generous sprinkling of crushed chicharon, white onion, and scallions for that extra crunch. Add some soy sauce or chili for a delightful kick to your dish.

You don’t have to stick to this recipe at all. If you have different preferences or dietary restrictions, feel free to switch things up and make this Batangas lomi your own. The best part of home cooking is that you have the freedom to customize dishes according to your style and what you have available in your kitchen.


Key takeaways

Sometimes, the best experiences happen when you least expect them. So don’t be afraid to wander off the main streets, follow your nose to delicious aromas, and say yes to unexpected adventures. Here are key takeaways from the article:

  • Utilize Google Maps. Google is free. Use it to find the best lomi houses, coffee shops, and other hotspots, complete with reviews, ratings, and directions.
  • Ask locals. When in doubt, ask the locals! Strike up a conversation with friendly residents, waiters, or shop owners, and you’re sure to uncover insider tips and recommendations.
  • Enjoy the adventure. Above all, enjoy the adventure of exploring Batangas’ culinary scene. Take your time, try new dishes, and live in the moment.

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