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 | 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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