A Love Affair With Manang(s Chicken)

When I saw the swarm of people waiting in line in front of the stall bearing the sign that said Manang’s Chicken at Midnight Mercato, I felt a flutter in stomach similar to the butterflies I get when I’m particularly infatuated with the boyfriend.


I guess I should tell you that I am partial to anything that is chicken. Fried, steamed, boiled, or pureed (just kidding!), chicken is my meat of choice. Seeing a chicken stall so popular was exciting for me, I wanted to know what the fuss was all about. (Not so) Soon after, I had in my hands a container filled with Manang’s now-famous Chicken wings.
Inside were six hefty pieces of chicken wings, double deep fried, smothered with Manang’s secret soy garlic sauce of your choice (original, spicy, mild spicy, or extra spicy), and sprinkled with a dash of sesame seeds. It was love at first smell. The scent of the deep fried chicken in soy sauce was so tempting that I couldn’t help licking my lips in anticipation.
As soon as I sunk my teeth into the fried chicken that had been tempting me all the way from the stall back to our table, I was head over heels in love. Right then and there, I knew it was the beginning of a lasting love affair (I was ‘oooh’-ing and ‘mmm’-ing so loudly, it was almost embarassing).
Double deep fried crispy chicken with Manang’s secret soy garlic sauce (p120)
Since the first time, I’ve been back for more nighttime tyrsts with Manang’s Chicken and have had a foodgasm each and every time. I just can’t get enough of Manang’s oh-so-delicious, mouth-watering, better-than-other-soyfriedchicken Chicken. My only gripe is that they’re only available whenever Mercato Centrale and Midnight Mercato are open for business. Despite that, my love affair with Manang’s Chicken continues.

*Sorry for the yellowy pictures. I took these inside the car on the way home. The chicken pieces in picture were inhaled long before I could take better shots.

Manang’s Chicken

Location: Mercato Centrale / Midnight Mercato
Contact details: 0920-9210935

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  1. Jill

    Thank you so much for your blog post! We're very flattered! Please stop by again and introduce yourself so I may properly thank you in person ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Jill of Manang's Chicken

  2. Mah

    If you are frying them its quite smilpe. There should be enough oil in the pan about 1/3 to almost 1/2 way full so it doesn’t go everywhere (use a splatter guard if you have one too). The oil is ready when you put a wooden spoon in it (handle side down) and bubbles form around the edge. Once the chicken is breaded, simply toss it in. As long as your nuggets aren’t ginormous they should really only take about 3 minutes per side. Or if your pan is huge, they will float to the top of the oil when ready. Have a meat thermometer? 165 -170 for poultry. Enjoy. Was this answer helpful?


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