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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#COMMUTERCHRONICLES (Vol. 13) | Food Hall at NAIA 3

#COMMUTERCHRONICLES (Vol. 13) | Food Hall at NAIA 3

The last flight I had to take for NAIA 3 was scheduled at 7 am. I was there at 2:30 am. Because of which I had this exchange at the immigration:

Immigration Officer: Ma’am, ang aga nyo!
Me: Gusto ko na lang umupo.
IO: *Stamp* *Stamp*

I had no qualms about going to the airport much, much earlier than I should be. Metro Manila traffic is unpredictable, even in the middle of the night. I’d rather wait in the comforts of the pre departure lounge than being stressed out in traffic. As soon as I get my boarding pass, I can just sit in wait. There’s airconditioning, there’s wifi and if I get hungry, there’s food.

When NAIA 3 opened, I took a lot of flights and my pre-departure meal was always the sisig at the Purefoods kiosk. And then, Jollibee opened and it became Chicken Joy. And then Pancake house opened, and since then I had golden tinapa for my preflight happy meal.

And since I was early the last time I was at Terminal 3, I decided to kill time at the restaurant floor. To my amazement, there was a food hall.

Dalaga na ang NAIA 3!

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The food hall houses Pizza Hut, Army Navy, Chowking, Mongkok, Mary Grace, Kentucky, okay, KFC, and a soon to open Ramen Nagi.

More options!….
… of course after 8 am. If you have to board before 7 am, well, there’s still the sisig meal at San Miguel kiosk.


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CHEAP CHOWS | KFC’s Chizza

CHEAP CHOWS | KFC’s Chizza

It happens once in a while.

As adulting rules go, I decide to just get up, dress up and show up to work. I go about my usual commute. I walk a short distance to the tricycle stand, hop in to the MRT Quezon Ave Station where I take a train to Shaw. The escalator at the station which was out for some amount of time, by some miracle of God, works now. I go thru the motions — I glide my backpack to the front (it always turns into a front pack during the train ride). I reach in the front pocket for the beep card and loosen the ties for the expected half-hearted inspection when I reach the top. I turn to my right and check the faint image of me — to see if I’m public worthy — as the escalator crawls upward. There, once in a while the KFC’s poster distracts me.

This was one of those ‘once in a while’.

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‘Hey, it’s a chicken. It’s a pizza. It’s a chizza.’

WTF, Kentucky?!? WTF are you thinking this time?!? Also, here, take my money.

The next day, I purposefully did not bring baon and dropped by KFC to order one. Remember the last time I ordered one of Kentucky’s evil concoction? I made sure this time I was going to be fair. I’d buy it in the branch nearest HQ, have it neatly packed to go, and walk very, very slowly. You know, so we can preserve the looks, and for maximum audience impact.

I arrived in HQ, carefully unpacked my to-go bag and it looked like this.

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Pretty.

Also, no matter how hard KFC tries to convince me that this is a pizza, just in chicken form, I am well aware that it should not be consume as so.

KFC Chizza

Kahit anong sabihin ng Kentucky, ulam pa rin yan. So I came prepared.

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And this time, this wicked combo of fried filleted chicken and cheese just seems to work. Of course, you’ll feel a little dirty consuming it — sure let’s just drizzle some thick liquid cheese over that deep fried breaded chicken and treat it like it’s party bread. Sometimes, you’ve got to hand it to Kentucky. They can just play safe and stick with the O.R. fried chicken, always a crowd pleaser. But no, once in a while, they give you something so evil, the temptation so unsettling you can’t help but give in. There it is, posted on their windows in big glossy, shiny posters, baiting you. And this one time, it does not disappoint. I mean, I like fried chicken. I also happen to like cheese. So yes, I am the perfect target market.

As for my personal experience, I went thru it — one rice, big gravy and all — effortlessly. Actually, two people could buy two extra rice and this would still be a full meal for each. I guess I was a tad bit hungry that day.


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KFC Double Down Dog | Shut up and take my money.

KFC Double Down Dog | Shut up and take my money.

 

Among all the fastfood chains, I try to stay away from KFC. And that’s pretty difficult. My MRT station has a 24 hours KFC, and everytime I pass by at lunch hour, I get haunted by the strong fried chicken and stale oil scent mashup that is so distinct with KFC branches. I can be blindfolded and I know if I’m within a 50 meter radius of KFC.

KFC, which hereafter I will refer to as Kentucky. It will forever be Kentucky in my life.

Also, unlike Jollibee, where even if I inhale a one piece chicken joy with rice and spaghetti (ala carte. Not the combo.), I can still function after, a two piece original recipe fried chicken, rice and gravy can render me useless for the rest of the afternoon. There’s busog, then there is Kentucky busog. There is just something about Kentucky’s fried chicken that can induce food coma. Or maybe, it’s the rice swimming in unlimited gravy.

Oh, I also avoid it because I have asthma and chicken can possibly be the end of me.

But my heart is not made of stone. There are some things that can change my mind.

There are a few suspicious things that Kentucky came up with the past few years. I’ve tried the buttered chicken — I am willing to die for buttered chicken — and it was a sad. I’m thinking they had a batch of small chickens and they needed some product hype to dispose of it ’cause those chicken were.just.too.small. Then, there was the Clover bits x Kentucky collab.

No. Nonononono. That I wouldn’t even go near. Clover bits is something you buy when you got the munchies and there’s no Chippy, Nova, V-cut, even Kirei. I can just imagine tiny Clover bits scratching the back of my throat.

But sometimes, they come up with something so nefarious you just have to have it, right here, right now.

The original double down was a masterpiece — two pieces of chicken with bacon nestled in between. I had one and never repeated the experience ever again. It was glorious, but a little too traumatic. Maybe, I just took the idea of it being a sandwich a little too seriously. It was not meant to be a sandwich.

And then, they resurrected it and it evolved. They took the best parts and improved on it. Charles Darwin would be so proud. When Kentucky announced that they were releasing a new double down — this time a Tender Juicy cheesedog cradled in a warm embrace of a deep fried chicken breast, I think jaws dropped. And we all just had one collective thought in mind — shut up, Kentucky. Shut up and take my money.

On the way to the station, it was there — the inviting colorful poster. I mean, look at that beauty.

 

This time, I ordered it with rice and extra gravy. We must learn from the lessons of the past. I now acknowledge that a double down is not a sandwich. And that although for a few more pesos, I can get a one piece chicken, a side dish and a dessert with the double down dog fully loaded meal, that doesn’t mean I have to order it. Because I am a human person.

Because I have self-respect.

I was rushing to work, I ordered it to go. But because this was a moment worth of note, I, of course, need to instagram it. I also want to be fair and give honor to the double down dog. I knew it will be harassed by my midday train commute so I want to remember it in its all pristine, fresh-off-the-counter glory.

I opened the bag. And then… yuh.

No, that was not the picture on the poster. And it tasted like fried chicken and cheese hotdog. So maybe I am a little disappointed, but more of myself than the meal. I set my expectations too high. It’s me. Not it. The rice and gravy comforted me.

Also, how you can hate it when it’s made out of 100% pure love? And I didn’t even order that.

 

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