When blindfolded, I’m sure one could tell the difference between the chicken from McDonald’s, Jollibee, KFC, Bon Chon, etc. They may all be fried chicken but the way it was prepared, the spices used, they’re all different. Each chicken had a different taste. The appearance and texture of the skin itself, would give the fast food joint away - like how the McChicken has the crunchy-looking skin; the KFC has this smoother looking exterior compared to the others, but it's still bursting with flavor; the Chickenjoy, quite similar to the McChicken in appearance but less crackly though equally crispy; Bon Chon’s chicken bursts with flavor coming from their glaze. The crrrkkk sound it makes when you munch on it is pure music to the ears. Nothing compares to incredibly crispy fried chicken (well, not to the point it’s already hard to chew because by then, that’s not crispy - more like hard rock) accompanied by gravy that’s full of flavor. What’s great is that each fast food joint has a unique gravy recipe that goes very well with the chicken. Although Bon Chon doesn’t need gravy with their chicken since the glaze pretty much does wonders by itself.
My love for fried chicken wasn't just because it's fried chicken. In the Philippines, there's literally no escaping it. There will always be a fast food joint that serves it within every three kilometers. Proof? Take the Katipunan road, for instance. There’s McDonald’s right across the Ateneo, a few meters away, you’ll find Jollibee. Another hundred meters away, there’s this place called Manang’s Chicken which is quite similar to Bon Chon. Walk a block or so, you’ll end up in the Regis Center, there, you’ll find Bon Chon. Across the road is Miriam College. Next to Miriam College would be Petron (yes, the gas station) and there, you'll find another Jollibee. Oh, and if you go past the Katipunan flyover to Katipunan Extension, you’ll find McDonald’s near Army Navy and Banapple. This does not include the other restaurants and fast food joints behind the Katipunan road. See what I mean? You’ll have a wide variety of options if in case you’re already sick of one fast food chain. There's no escaping it. I don't want to escape it.
-Words by Daniela Regis and Illustration by Anna Cayco