Noodles. Soup. Noodle soup. Ahhhh, good ole’ noodle soup.
I can’t deny the fact that noodle soup of any kind is an absolute guilty pleasure of mine. Who could resist an infusion of flavors in a bowl, all topped with the right things? Living in the Philippines, I was never really that impressed nor satisfied by the local noodle delicacies here. I’m a sucker for strong flavors, and Filipino noodle soup tends to be simpler and a little bit more on the plain side. I’m also not too big on Chinese noodle soups, which makes a lot of sense since Filipino noodle dishes are basically inspired by Chinese influences. The neighboring countries on the other hand takes me on another level of noodle high. I’ve always loved pho, so you can imagine my delight when I traveled to Vietnam and did a bit of exploring with their different kinds of noodle soup. I could eat them all day! And I would do it here in the Philippines, but I feel that my choices are just too limited.
But that mentality changed when I finally found something I truly enjoyed! Last week, my husband’s family from California was over to lay his grandma to rest. I’ve been to Lipa, Batangas, my mother-in-law’s hometown, a countless of time, but there’s just never enough time to explore the city. So one day, Janine, a family friend of theirs, who happens to be living in Lipa, took us on an adventure to their best Lomi house.
A family owned restaurant, Corcolon Lomi House is located in the town of San Jose. It’s about 15-20 minutes away from SM City Lipa, and along the way you will pass by a few rice fields. It’s a humble little hole in the wall restaurant and I presume it’s the home of the owner. I got instantly excited, because hole in the walls usually have the best stuff. It’s basically in a garage covered with tin roof. It’s easy to spot, just look for the green warehouse looking spot, and there’s a small sign up front. We got there close to lunch time, so it wasn’t full yet, although a lot of customers are starting to fill up the place already. There were a lot of students coming in and I was told there’s a high school nearby.
Although the place is known for their Lomi, they also serve other types of noodle dishes such as Pancit Bihon and Miki. They also have other staple Filipino “pulutan” (drinking munchies) meals like sisig and lechon kawali. We ordered their famed Lomi, and boy was it a meal! We started seeing people’s orders coming in and I’m pretty sure all of our jaws dropped at the sight of the overflowing bowls.
Corcolon is not only known for their big servings, but their undeniably generous toppings has their customers coming back on a regular. It’s no surprise that they’re well known. For the price of 60 php ($1.50) for “double toppings”, which basically means extra good stuff, it’s quite a deal. If you want to avoid a quick rise in your cholesterol level, you can opt for the regular order, which is 40 php ($1). Either way, you’re bound to compromise your arteries if you eat here everyday.
What’s in a Lomi, anyway? I realize I’ve been blabbing on and on about Lomi and I didn’t really get to explain exactly what makes this noodle dish different. So here it is. Lomi is another noodle dish influenced by the Chinese. The noodles are thick, so expect this dish to fill you up fast because it could get quite heavy. As compared to most famous noodle dishes that are usually very soupy with a strong broth flavor, Lomi has a thick, sticky soup, almost like a sauce. The best part are the toppings. It’s topped off with amazing goodness! And as I’ve said, Corcolon gives you a pretty good amount of an artery-clogging variety such as chicharones, perfectly cooked lechon pieces (deep fried pork), liver, and kikiam (some kind of asian sausage).
It’s probably not the healthiest meal you’ll ever eat, but then again, the best ones usually aren’t either. As you can see, it can get quite messy eating this because of the overflowing toppings! It all worked out so beautifully though. Even the strong taste of the liver complimented the meal just right. It’s best eaten with the typical Filipino condiment mix— soy sauce with calamansi and chili (extra chili for me please!).
It’s a shame that I always come across Lomi houses and I realize now that I’ve been missing out for not knowing about it sooner! Although it’s still not something I can eat on the daily, it’s definitely something I see myself craving once in a while. But the thing is, I’m pretty sure I just had the best Lomi ever, and I’m afraid it’ll be pretty hard to top that. Oh well. On to the next food discovery, I guess?
Corcolon Lomi House
San Jose, Batangas
0929 198 8436
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