CHEAP CHOWS | KFC Salted Egg Yolk Fried Chicken

CHEAP CHOWS | KFC Salted Egg Yolk Fried Chicken

Everytime Kentucky releases something new, I’m automatically baited — hook, line and sinker. So when I saw somewhere on Facebook that KFC’s latest concoction rides the salted egg yolk craze, I was drawn, even though I have every reason to stay away, far away from it.

One, I have long established that fried chicken is bad for me. Everytime I have the urge to eat chicken, I make sure my inhaler is at arm’s reach. Second, salted egg is high in fat and not the good kind of fat. Third, salted egg yolk fired chicken is practically eating both mother and the child. Do I possess no heart?

Well, I still made a beeline to my nearest Kentucky, so that settles that.

We went into KFC about 15 minutes before they close. We were bound for a last full show screening of Wonder Woman (yes! me and LFS’ — good luck with that) and we thought we can squeeze in a dinner to kill some time. Basically, for an additional 10 pesos a piece, the staff in KFC will bathe their spicy fried chicken with the salted egg yolk mixture. I got one leg piece, and one in original recipe, you know, for insurance, in case I don’t like it. And since they’re closing already and the precious gravy dispenser was already cleaned and tucked away, they graciously handed us a BOWL of gravy.

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Okay, so it’s not abhorable. It’s does taste vaguely like it’s topped with mushed salted egg, but the kind of salted egg that’s trying to be good for you. It lacked the saltyness you’re kinda looking for with these types of dishes. It’s okay. Or let me put it this way: It’s 10:30 at night, and it’s 3 hours past my bedtime. I’m hungry. This is pwede na.

Now, if your looking for your salted egg yolk fried chicken fix, and if this is a possible problem, I will offer you a solution.

Classic Savory Salted Egg Fried Chicken

Classic Savory – the restaurant famous for their fried chicken, added the Salted Egg Fried Chicken on their menu. The day after we had KFC, we ate at Savory because (tadaaaah) the salted egg fried chicken called from their poster mounted on their glass wall. We ordered that and with just a bite, the craving for salted egg slathered everything was satisfied. Of course, you’ll physically feel your blood pressure spiking up immediately after the meal, but it will be worth it.

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CHEAP CHOWS | KFC Sisig Rice Bowl

CHEAP CHOWS | KFC Sisig Rice Bowl

If I had to go in a food court and pick something that I know, in absolutely certainty, will bring my stomach joy, I’d beeline it to the instant sisig kiosk. Pre-chopped meat from the huge mountain of deep fried pork on display is tossed in a cup along with some minced onions and chili fingers, sprinkled with some secret powder and then drizzled with soy sauce and some magical mayo before being zapped inside the microwave for a minute. When the microwave dings, the server vigorously mix the mush altogether before dumping it beside a hot cup of rice and sprinkling it with crushed pork rinds. If you’re lucky and there’s is no line, you get a little box of instant happiness below 5 minutes.

When Kentucky (yes, in this blog, we are calling it Kentucky) announced that they were coming out with Sisig rice, I got curious. And then I asked Regina, my friend, if she tried it. Of course, she already did. And she’s said it’s good.

Regina is a friend who’s is notoriously a fan of Kentucky. She can live off Kentucky for the rest of her life. If the whole fast food industry blows up, and only Kentucky survived, she’d be perfectly fine with that. She eats at Kentucky all the time here, and makes it a point to eat at Kentucky whenever she’s overseas. Which means all the answers relating to Kentucky I get from her I take with a grain of salt.

She’s biased.
Or is it BIAS? DILAWAN? OBOSEN?

One late night at Regina’s and wanting to eat something, I caved in and ordered one for delivery. Kentucky never delivers on time, or should I say, KFC delivers on THEIR TIME. It’s been like that everytime. Our office in Shaw Blvd is a stone’s throw away from a branch and it would be faster if we walked to KFC ordered and come back to the office than wait for our food delivery. For this instance, the nearest Kentucky from Regina’s condo is a short 5 minute walk, but still it took a little under 2 hours for them to deliver the food. And at this point, I’m not surprised.

KFC Sisig rice deconstructed is fun shots with mayo and chopped leaks topped over flavored rice, with half a boiled egg. It did live up to its name — it has sisig rice, so you have to give that to them. But funshots over rice is not sisig. It’s a rice topping. And definitely, it’s not happy sisig. I finished it sure, but it’s more because it was already 10 pm and after a two hour wait, I was really hungry. And it’s just that — pwede na, paggutom.


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CHEAP CHOWS | Tapsi Sa Gagalangin

CHEAP CHOWS | Tapsi Sa Gagalangin

There are places you go back to because it’s inexpensive. There are places you go back to because the food is delicious. There are some you go back to out of nostalgia. I consider a person lucky if once in his life he comes across a special place that checks off that sweet trifecta, one he will always go back to everytime he’s in a neighborhood, and brings him back to the good old times.

There is a small restaurant in a tight two way street where my grade school stands. It’s so small I wouldn’t even call it a restaurant. The eatery is a small gated patio in front of an stand alone apartment. There are about 10 monobloc chairs randomly distributed between a one-sided surface which is a plank against a wall and a small foldable square table resting against another wall. At lunch time, when the place gets inevitably full, the home owner, also the eatery’s proprietor opens up her sala, unfolds another table and ups her seating capacity to 16.

The place only serves one type of meal: Silogs — Tapsilog, Tocilog, Longgasilog, Adobosilog. When we hit 4th grade, our school hours extends to the entire day and we finally have a lunch hour. There isn’t as much dining options in Gagalangin, Tondo in the 90’s. So at lunchtime, you’d probably find me and my friends here, ordering a Tapsilog each for 27 pesos. Or maybe two.

As Tapsilog goes, the meal is comprised of fried rice, a fried egg and beef tapa. Mrs. Chavez’ tapa was fried but moist, and the marinade remains a topic of conversation between friends to this day. We have our opinions on it, and we’re highly suspicious that the meat was bathe in milk because it was tender and tastes sweet and ‘milky’. And all these we drown in their secret concoction of soysauce and vinegar. We use their soysauce like how most use KFC’s gravy — almost a substitute for soup.

Forth grade was 22 years ago, and I left my school in Tondo 17 years ago. Once in a while, in a gathering of friends, large takeout orders of the tapsi of the childhood would pop up on the dining table, individual servings packaged in small cellophanes. The last time I was in the neighborhood was in January, when a niece of my highschool friend was baptized at a nearby church. I and a couple of friends decided to drop by, for old time’s sake. The layout didn’t change a bit, but as with everything from your childhood, the place seemed smaller than you remember. I ordered a Tapsilog — now at 45 pesos. I took a small holder of their special soy sauce, drowned my tapa, and took a bite and I was back in highschool. I ordered a couple to go, hoping to bring, and stretch even a tiny bit, some nostalgia home.


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CHEAP CHOWS | McDonald’s Fish And Fries

CHEAP CHOWS | McDonald’s Fish And Fries

Let me just get this out of the way — I do not like fastfood french fries. If there was a side option other than french fries, I would get that instead. I’d have the buttered corn from Jollibee, or onion rings from Burger King, or just plain nothing from McDonald’s. If there is a buzzfeed article listing all the signs you are a french fries fanatic, I could not relate. I like my fries in real potato form, like wedges or mojos or those potato crisps — like I can actually taste the potato. I am not fond of the mushy texture inside these so called fries. Of course, Potato corner barbecue fries is an exception. The only way I can tolerate quick service french fries is if it’s smothered with barbecue powder. My husband, on the other hand, loves them fries, so it works out in the end.

And since I’m going meatless this lent, I am just happy McDonald’s came with something I can eat on a bind. I have been wanting to try McDonald’s Fish and Fries since I saw it on facebook (you know me and targeted ads.) but I wanted it with rice. The husband, the fries-lover, told me to he’d order them with fries and I can just cook the rice at home. Fine. So after his sunday laundry chore, which my husband willingly volunteers to do, he drove thru a McDonald’s and ordered a couple.

Unlike the perfectly shaped fillet-o-fish, the fish in the fish & fries looked like one side of a real fish fillet. It’s evenly coated in crispy golden brown breading, similar to that of Chicken McDo. The fish itself is nicely cooked — evenly seasoned, white and flaky without being dry. The fish had enough flavor to be eaten alone, but if you must have condiments, it goes well with the tartar sauce. The fries, however, are better with the thousand island dressing. While the husband had it with rice and was partial to the thousand island dressing, I liked it better with the tartar sauce and had it with rice — and my emergency laing. Because I’m just that kind of person.

McDonalds Fish and Fries

And if you must have dessert from McDonald’s, I would highly recommend the Banana Pie Delight. Remember when Jollibee used to sell Banana Langka Pie? This tastes exactly like that — like a perfected, lab-studied fastfood turon. Not bad at all.

Banana Pie Delight

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CHEAP CHOWS | Chowking’s New Sweet and Sour Pork

CHEAP CHOWS | Chowking’s New Sweet and Sour Pork

The first time I celebrated my birthday in Anaheim, my auntie took me to Jollibee and I ordered a 2 piece Chicken Joy to my birthday girl heart’s delight. It was a one on one date – me with my aunt who I havent seen in 10 years, one of only a handful of family I have this side of the world. I turned 30 that day.

The last time I spent my birthday in the States, we were driving home from Las Vegas. I was with Jr, the same aunt from 3 years ago, and 3 of her friends — all Pinoys. The Jollibee in Anaheim is connected to a Chowking and a Red Ribbon. My aunt bought a bucket of chicken joy to go for my mini celebration back home, and an ube red ribbon cake. Then we all had a quick lunch at Chowking.

I ordered the milk tea, the siomai and the sweet and sour pork. I can prove I was in the states with a picture because instead of getting a pouch of toyomansi like what we get here, I got small packets of kikkoman soy sauce and lemon juice with my siomai. Lemon Juice!

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But what surprised me the most about this meal was the sweet and sour pork. Unlike what we get here, the sweet sour pork I had in Anaheim that day had almost a crunch to it. Like the breading was more pronounced than the soft bite of meat we get here. The sauce was distinctly sweet and tangy, almost like it was battling for your tastebuds. I really remembered saying, “Why don’t we get this in Manila? Who do I have to write to to make Chowking bring this home?!?”

Well, I didn’t have to put it up on change.org. Sometimes, you just say it out loud and the universe finds a way to make it happen.

I saw the ad on TV on the new Chowking Sweet and Sour Pork and I got curious. Well, I’m always like that with fast food ads: I.MUST.TRY.THAT. But this one particularly piqued my interest. Because it looked eerily like the one I had in the states. If it looked like it, please let it taste like it.

And I am glad to report, after trying it twice — once to-go and another (just to make sure) in Gateway Mall food court — yes, it does. Thank you, Universe.

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