|Batangas Lomi - 50 pesos per order|
After our day-hike at Mt. Maculot Rockies, the group agreed on going to Tagaytay for food tripping. So from Cuenca, we took a jeepney going to Lemery. From Lemery, we were supposed to take a bus or van going to Tagaytay but the driver and the conductor of the jeepney told us that there are no more buses or vans going to Tagaytay at that hour, it was almost 7PM then I think. So instead of alighting from the jeepney to look for a ride to Tagaytay, we decided to go back to Lipa City (the driver told us that they'll head back to Lipa instead of going to the jeepney terminal).
At around 8PM, we reached Lipa City. Tired and hungry from the hiking, we looked for a place to eat instead of immediately boarding the bus bound for Manila. While looking for the best place to eat, some locals heard our conversation and suggested that we try Renfel Food Center; they said Renfel is the best lomihan (food store that sells lomi) in the area. Renfel Food Center is located just at the back of the Lipa City Bus Terminal, along with several other eateries offering affordable alternatives for commuters.
And so we went to Renfel, after asking for directions. Being a Batangueña myself, I told my friends that lomi is one of the favorite meriendas of Batangeños. That Batangas lomi is way different from the lomi served in Manila; and that it is more flavorful and tastier than Chowking's lomi. *loveyourown wink*
Tired of my blabbering, Curious maybe of this Batangas dish, most of my friends ordered and tried lomi that night. *yes!, hehe*
Anyway, lomi is a noodle (miki noodles) dish cooked in caldo (a thick broth) with kikiam, liver slices, and meatballs garnished with crushed chicharon on top. In some areas of Batangas, lomi is garnished with slices of hard-boiled egg instead of chicharon. It is usually served with calamansi, soy sauce and chili pepper for a tangy taste.
If you happen to go to Lipa City or anywhere in the eastern portion Batangas, try Batangas lomi. Promise, you'll never regret it. Ay masarap ang aming lomi dine sa Batangas, inyong tikman at ng inyong malasahan! :D
Renfel Food Center
at the back of Lipa City Bus Terminal
Lipa City, Batangas
Date of Visit: October 6, 2012