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“Eat often and eat well” is a Taiwanese philosophy that says a lot about the island. Step out and you’ll see bustling roads brimming with all kinds of street food. From handheld snacks with deep umami flavor to bite-sized treats with perfectly crisp and crunchy textures, Taiwan has created a popular comfort food that sums all of that up.
Served in night markets and chains all over the country, Taiwanese Style Fried Chicken is a popular favorite for its five-spice seasoning, satisfyingly crisp texture, and juicy meat. If you didn’t think it could get any better, this international chain is bringing the famous fried chicken to Manila. This time, with a cheesy twist!
Although the Taiwanese Style Fried Chicken is a popular street snack in Taipei, Monga Chicken’s claim to fame is their extra-thick chicken cutlets marinated with honey, dipped in batter instead of dry flour, and fried to perfection. Plus, the gooey and melty mozzarella cheese on top!
Fun fact: Monga is Taipei’s oldest district.
You won’t need to take a trip to Taiwan, because Monga Chicken is coming to SM Megamall! Soon, you’ll be able to try their chicken cutlets in three unique flavors: The King (salt and pepper), Hot Chick (chili paprika powder), and The Taiker (sweet glaze and nori powder).
In case you missed it
Fried chicken is a staple in most people’s appetites. The smell of frying chicken alone is enough to trigger you into a craving frenzy and leaving that unsatisfied ain’t pretty. So when you’re in a pickle and looking for a table, eat in peace knowing there’s a fried chicken fix no matter the state of your bank account!
If you’ve got ₱100 or less
Uncle John’s Fried Chicken – Mini Stop
P68 for one piece , comes with rice and gravy. The great thing about Mini Stop and other convenience stores is that they are everywhere. So whenever you’re looking for a quick bite or full meal, Mini Stop has got you covered.
Price: ₱68 for one piece; comes with rice and gravy.
Chixy Pops – Chixy Col-Pop
A branch only located in SM Fairview, if you’re into on the go or easy to eat chicken, then you’ll love Chixy Col-Pop’s signature fried chicken poppers with sauces and flavoring powders.
Price: ₱85 for 12 pieces of glazed chixy pops, which are 100% pure chicken fillets.
Insider tip: Get Buy 1 Get 1 Chixy Gravy Col-Pop for only
Tom Sawyer’s Old Fashioned Krispy Chicken – Tom Sawyer
Why change something that isn’t broken? Tom Sawyer’s fried chicken will bring you back to the roots of a good meal that will give you a bang for your buck!
Price: ₱88 for one piece; comes with a scoop of rice and old fashioned gravy.
If you’ve got ₱250
Chickengasmic – What the Tea
What the Tea is a restaurant that offers up a variety of Taiwan inspired beverages as well as snacks that will have you asking for more.
Price: ₱139 for their Chickengasmic complete with rice and veggies
Insider tip: Get Chickengasmic + Flavored Iced Tea for only
₱209₱139 and Buy 1 Get 1 Michael's QQ for only ₱90!
Chicken Chops – Chik’n N Tea
Chick’n N Tea is a restaurant that offers up two comfort food favorites which Filipinos have known and loved – classic and fried chicken as well as flavorful tea.
Price: ₱139 for 2 chick'n chops complete with rice and veggies
Insider tip: Get Chik' N Chops + Flavored Tea for only
₱200₱139 and Buy 1 Get 1 Cranberry High Mountain Tea for only ₱90!
Fried Chicken – Senor Pollo
Señor Pollo is a homegrown concept from the team behind El Chupacabra. It is “home of the famous Latin chicken” and other specialties.
Price: ₱99 for 1 pc. fried chicken (no sides); ₱179 for 1 pc. fried chicken (2 sides).
Must Try: If you're steering clear from fried food, Senor Pollo's roast chicken is your best friend!
Pancake House‘s Classic Pan Chicken
Pancake House is a family favorite. Sunday brunch is a staple at this restaurant that has something for everyone whether you have a sweet tooth or looking for something savory.
Price: ₱210 for two pieces and comes with rice and gravy.
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get 2 Crispy Chicken Fillet and 2 Almondigas Soup for less!
If you’ve got ₱350
Buttermilk Fried Chicken – Main Street
Main Street, named after one of Vancouver’s districts, is a casual Canadian diner that serves poutine, pulled pork rice bowl, shepherd’s pie, and more. Their bestseller here is the 3 pcs. buttermilk fried chicken that can also come in solo meal or platter.
Price: ₱290 for 3 pieces of chicken with garlic cream sauce served with herbed rice or fries.
Dirty Rice Plate – Bad Bird
Bad Bird specializes in deep fried chicken flavored with umami spices served with sides like waffles, dirty rice, corn cobs and hush puppies. Their Dirty Rice Plate is definitely a must-try! Read our full feature on Bad Bird.
Price: ₱320, served with Dirty Rice (fried rice with bacon, chicken liver, tamago, bonito flakes/kimchi)
Truffle Fried Chicken – Tipple and Slaw
Tipple and Slaw takes fried chicken to a new level with their truffle gravy. Their menu is chock-full of interesting eats that are definitely worth the trip!
Price: ₱350 for boneless fried chicken filets, comes with white truffle gravy, and home-style biscuit.
If you’ve got ₱450
Moonshine P.U.B. (Public. Urban. Bar.) is a casual and relaxed bar serving signature cocktails and comfort food from the same creative culinary team behind Tipsy Pig Gastropub.
Price: ₱400 for boneless fried chicken, citrus coleslaw, house gravy, and creamy mashed potatoes.
Waffle Breaded Fried Chicken – Backyard Kitchen + Brew
Backyard Kitchen + Brew is a farm-to-table bar and grill concept from Chef Edward Bugia of Pino, The Burger Project and Pi Breakfast and Pies fame). It serves modern comfort food with a twist, as well as a wide selection of beverages and craft beers.
Price: ₱425 for two pieces, comes with maple butter, sauteed kale, sriracha ketchp, and whipped bone marrow ciabatta toasts/rice.
If you’ve got more than ₱500
Buttermilk Fried Chicken – Kettle
Kettle offers Southern American specialties including Chef Chiloy’s signature buttermilk fried chicken. They also serve steaks, burgers, and other comfort food.
Price: ₱559, comes with honey glazed cornbread, country gravy and Cajun honey.
Southern Fried Chicken – Wildflour Cafe + Bakery
Wildflour Cafe + Bakery offers international fare and specialty breads and cakes. It’s a bakery at heart and was the first purveyor of cronuts in Manila. It’s for people who enjoy the feeling of slow Sunday mornings.
Price: ₱695, comes with sausage gravy, biscuits, and honey
Insider tip: Get up to ₱250 off your bill with Booky!
Homestyle Fried Chicken – Nono’s
Owned by Chef Baba Ibazeta- Benedicto (same chef behind Classic Confections), offers modern Filipino comfort food favorites.
Price: ₱565, a platter of crisp boneless chicken fillet with country style gravy and honey, served with a dinner roll, corn on the cob, and a choice of fries or rice.
Let’s be real—fried chicken is life but if a deep fried drumstick is costing you more than that, there better be gold in that gravy.
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