Cycle 5 – Item 235
28 (Thu) August 2014
Max’s Fried (Spring) Chicken
at Max’s Restaurant
-Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-
with various Korean staff
Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (77) (see also TERRP)
Living above Robinsons Place, I’ve been eating my way through the mall. As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, my unique contribution to the city’s food/blog scene.
Max’s Restaurant is a Filipino restaurant chain. Founded 1945 in the Philippines. Currently over 70 branches in the Philippines, as well as 9 in the US and 3 in Canada. While offering many Filipino classics, the signature dish is fried chicken. The corporate slogan is “The House that Fried Chicken Built.” According to the website, founder Maximo Gimenez developed a recipe for fried chicken that became popular among American occupation troops stationed in Quezon City after WWII, eventually spreading to the locals.
The fried chicken was good. Unlike typical fast-food fried chicken, Max’s version is cooked whole. Light yet crispy skin, unbreaded, reminded me of Korean tongdak. Simply seasoned, served with 3 types of dips: gravy, chili sauce, and some kind of adobo-ish soy/garlic/vinegar. However, despite the server’s recommendation that the spring bird would be juicier than the regular or family, it was a bit dry. Still, a very respectable dish overall.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN PHILIPPINES)