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Stumbled upon this over-the-counter-sort-of-carenderia resto in a certain mall in Manila during our last visit. I was enthralled by the long line of people so I guessed that there must be something good about the place. Then I told Papa to take a seat as I joined the others in the queue. Looking up at their menu, they mostly serve chicken in whatever way cooked but their specialty is the Pugon Roast Chicken, traditionally roasted in apugon. If anything is being cooked in a native way, then it must be really, really good!
|Cheesy Chicken Croquetas, Chicken Livers, Spicy Wings, and Pugon Roast Chicken|
When our orders came, that’s the time I realized that this fast food restaurant is actually owned by Chef Lau. Remember him? He was one of the judges/coaches of Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition way back 2011-2012. So I got thrilled to finally have a taste of his very own Filipino recipes with a twist!
The Pugon Roast Chicken is super gingerly as I remember, giving it a hint of Chinesy taste. It’s crispy in the outside, juicy in the inside, and talagang nanunuot sa buto ang lasa. My fave Chicken Livers has a unique taste too. It is too flavorful with my also fave nacho/chili-con-carne taste. Until now, I couldn’t decipher what herb/spice is that. Definitely it’s not paprika, oregano, or curry. My apology. I really haven’t discovered it yet. Anyway, Papa had the fried bangus sinigang which surprised us ‘coz there’s really no sabaw in it. Kaya nga,“fried”. Hehe…. For take-out, we had Cheesy Chicken Croquetas and Spicy Wings that tasted the same as the Chicken Livers’ “unknown” herb/spice. Mama and Auntie Lourding didn’t like it as they also always do every time I cook Mexican-style spaghetti with the taco mix, nachos, and tacos. They just can’t understand the smell of it. But for me, it’s heaven to my sense of smell and taste buds! So I gobbled up everything instead! Haha!