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Filling up on Guangzhou street food

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During an 11-hour layover in Guangzhou, China, was provided a 72-hour visa to roam the city while waiting for the connection to New York City. After making an obligatory stop at the Canton Tower, it was getting close to sundown and meandered to the Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street (with assistance from the accommodating staff at the tourist center at the base of the tower).

Exiting the subway station, found a street lined with small shops and restaurants, everything looked great but was skeptical if it was even the correct place. After a bit of wandering and turning down random alleyways that led to small residential enclaves, found the street. It was wide with tons of people walking around (while dodging cars that are permitted on parts of the “pedestrian street”), with stores both local and international, along with restaurants – also, both local and international.

As time went by and the ticks continued to pile up on the phone pedometer, it proved difficult finding a place to eat; not that there wasn’t anywhere to eat, but there was too much to choose from. Started snacking by stopping at roadside stands and enjoyed things like bubble tea and scallion pancakes. Happened upon a food court that was packed with people and noticed one stand putting out, what looked to be, cups of sesame chicken. It looked good and tasted even better; big, meaty hunks of chicken in a delicious sauce, all for about 25 RMB (just a bit over $3.50).

After a while, noticed the hunger was gone and realized snacking down the Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street provided enough to make a meal – and there was still so much more to enjoy.

Frying the entire chicken

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Visiting Seoul for the first time, there was no doubt some of the famous Korean fried chicken had to be tasted. Had always been a fan, having been a frequent visitor to the Bonchon location in midtown Manhattan. One of the first nights there, a particularly late night, wandered around the neighborhood of Myeongdong for a spot to grab dinner and found Chicken 678.

Walking past the rather large outdoor space, was seated towards the rear of the restaurant – perfectly tucked away and hidden. Browsed the menu and immediately saw the chicken, it was a split-second decision that an order of soy friend chicken was the one.

Being used to other establishments denoting a specific number of pieces or which part or what shade of meat is preferred, a large plate with bunch of friend chicken goodness arrived – the entire chicken was split up and served, no arguing over what parts to order, they were all there.

Crispy, juicy and everything expected of Korean fried chicken.

Ended up enjoying friend chicken on another late night and it was just as delicious – they know how to do fried chicken.

Chicken 678

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 6, 2016 at 10:31 PM

Hot Star

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Wandering around the markets in Hong Kong, one can’t avoid the multitudes of street food options available. All varieties are scattered throughout the city, from the local to the foreign. One of the most universal foods is fried chicken and the large fried chicken sold by Hot Star is one of the standouts.

A simple concept as fried chicken takes on a super crispy and juicy form from the Hot Star street stand. The chicken isn’t a typical wing or drumstick, but a pounded-out chicken breast, coated with a delicious breading that shouts flavor with lots of salty hints with every bite.

While enjoying the chicken, the entire generous serving is crunchy and the flavor is unbeatable for a grab-and-go.

This Hot Star branch is located a couple blocks from the night market in Kowloon.

This Hot Star branch is located a couple blocks from the night market in Kowloon.

Written by Paulo Loreto

January 25, 2015 at 6:52 AM

Chicken Ati-Atihan

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On another drive around Negros Occidental, it is always finding a gem on a random roadtrip.

Named for the famous Ati-Atihan festival of Aklan and boasting locations all across the Western Visayas, Chicken Ati-Atihan offers another variety of grilled chicken already so famous on the island of Negros. Throughout the island, various establishments off dishes like Chicken Tayasan, Chicken Inato, and the king of all recipes, Chicken Inasal.

Chicken Ati-Atihan is offered in two varieties, with or without rice, and ordering with rice will definitely save some cash. While other local chicken dishes are grilled or fried, this version is grilled but coated with a delicious sweet sauce and compliments the dish.

The restaurant offers a lot more than Chicken Ati-Atihan, but considering that is the namesake of the establishment, it’s almost necessary, especially if it’s a first visit.

This specific location is located in Kabankalan City, but the restaurant has branches in Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Negros Oriental.

This specific location is in Kabankalan City, but the restaurant has branches nationwide.

Written by Paulo Loreto

September 28, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Chicken Rice

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Singapore’s national dish, a satisfying meal of chicken and rice has taken on iconic status in the tiny city-state. While popular all over Southeast Asia, Singapore has made a name for the dish and Singapore Airlines, the national airline, offers it as an in-flight meal.

Served pale and glistening, the chicken is prepared by slowly steeping it in stock. While the look is very basic, the cooking process has provided for a massively flavorful chicken dish like none other. As mentioned before, it’s a very simple-looking dish, but the taste more than makes up for the plain appearance.

Chicken Rice, or Hainanese Chicken, can be found in all ranges of restaurants in Singapore.

Chicken Rice, or Hainanese Chicken, can be found in all ranges of restaurants in Singapore.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 21, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Posted in Chicken, Food, Singapore, Travel

Ginseng Chicken Soup

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Believed to be a good way to build up immunity, the elements that go into Ginseng Chicken Soup are said to help prevent illness. The common adage says chicken soup is good for one’s health, but adding in elements like ginseng and jujubes brings the benefits to a new level.

A warm and hearty start to anybody’s day, the soup is available at many stands around Singapore. Both Chinese and Korean cuisines have similar soup dishes that combine chicken and ginseng.

Jujubes, or red dates, are said to help alleviate stress, prevent ulcers, and act as an antioxidant. It is also believed that jujubes also have wound healing properties. Ginseng acts as a stimulant and is also used in type II diabetes treatment.

The chicken is tender and with every bite of ginseng or jujube explodes with the delicious broth.

The chicken is tender and with every bite of ginseng or jujube explodes with the delicious broth.

Written by Paulo Loreto

December 31, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Posted in Chicken, Food, Singapore, Soup, Travel

Manokan Country

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Bacolod City is the epicenter of Filipino-style grilled chicken. Chicken Inasal is traditionally served on a bamboo stick and eaten with the hands. All the Manokan Country stalls — and, namely, any establishment in Bacolod City that serves chicken inasal — are affixed with a public sink for patrons to wash before and after enjoying their meal.

Chicken Inasal is usually ordered in piecemeal, with restaurants having the parts and their respective prices displayed on a signboard menu. Of course leg, wing, and breast are featured on the menu, but also included are the heart, gizzard, neck, and (a very popular choice) the pope’s nose (the butt flap).

Today, a popular chicken franchise based on the tasty Negrense recipe has grown throughout Manila called Bacolod Chicken Inasal.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM