Published on April 12, 2016
When some sort of a “restaurant boom” happened in Robinsons Place Manila last year, a tarpaulin with a huge (and poreless) face of Lee Min Ho immediately caught my attention because I really think that he is my husband in my past life. Haha! Just kidding! But seriously, more than Lee Min Ho, I was actually looking forward to trying out the chicken wings of Kyochon. My husband already knows that nobody should dare to even look at the chicken wings when I am around because that part automatically belongs to me. So imagine how happy I was when I finally got to consume pieces of Kyochon chicken wings in one sitting!
I first tried it with Boyet, Mama and Papa while I was still pregnant. My husband and I, with Zayne sleeping soundly in her stroller, came back a couple of weeks ago to give it another try. Apart from the salad which Mama got to try on our first visit, Boyet and I ordered the same food but only in smaller servings.
Never, as in never, leave Kyochon without trying their chicken wings. You might think that this is a no-brainer, but there are unorthodox people like my husband who eat rice meals in a pizza place. Haha! I was just glad that I convinced him to share the chicken wings with me. Anyway, we had their Original and Red Series.
With the Original Series, the chicken wings are coated in soy garlic glaze. The garlicky flavor matches the perfect blend of sweetness and tanginess. The menu says, “Warning: Highly Addictive!” It actually is! There’s something distinct in its taste that made my palates ask for more.
When we told the waitress that we would be getting the Red Series, she uttered a warning that the Red Series is very spicy. I have a very high tolerance with spicy food that’s why her word of warning didn’t bother me at all. Plus, I felt really challenged when I read the words “Recommended only for the brave ones” on their menu. I’m one helluva brave soul! Hahaha!
Oh. My. God. Its pungent smell alone prepared my taste buds for a surprise. It’s very, very, very spicy! Sinipon ako ng wala sa oras! Hahahaha! It felt like my tongue suffered from a second degree burn! It’s one of the spiciest chicken wings I have ever tasted. But believe it or not, I actually enjoyed eating it.
Aside from the rich flavors, I loved that the chicken wings are cooked to perfection. The chicken skin is very crispy. The meat is tender and very juicy, too. I found myself licking my fingers as I munch each piece. It’s the perfect comfort food!
We also got to try their Rice Cake Soup. We had this to warm our starving tummies. Looking at it, I initially thought that it tastes like the usual nilaga. But what sets it apart is the chewy pieces of rice cake that gave the soup a hint of sweetness. It also has strands of grilled chicken meat. The smoky flavor of the chicken added another layer of flavor to what seemed like an ordinary stock.