MANILA, Philippines – It cannot be denied that fried chicken has become a favorite among Filipinos, as shown by the growing number of restaurants that specialize in this tasty snack.
Fried chicken wings, in particular, are fast gaining popularity with the opening of Korean-style chains such as BonChon and 4 Fingers.
Even before the hype, however, a handful of local joints have been serving different flavors of chicken wings, which range from sweet to spicy.
One of them is Buffalo’s Wings and Things, which has been in the chicken wings business for three years.
Ed de los Reyes, the restaurant’s director, said they regularly come up with new flavors, getting feedback from more than 9,000 fans on its Facebook page.
“Yao Wing,” for instance, is a sweet, Asian-inspired offering inspired by fan suggestions and Chinese NBA player Yao Ming.
“Every quarter, we have a new flavor. Yao Wing is Asian, sweet with a bit of a kick,” de los Reyes said in an interview on ANC’s “Shop Talk.”
Buffalo’s Wings and Things currently has nine branches scattered across the metro. Its chicken wings are categorized according to its spiciness level.
“New York’s Finest” is the entry-level, buffalo-style flavor, followed by the slightly spicy “Firehouse Classic” and “Nuclear.”
“Armageddon,” meanwhile, is for customers who can take a lot of heat.
Aside from chicken wings, it also offers chicken fingers, hotdogs, nachos, mini burgers, burritos and quesadillas.
“Majority of our customers are females, and those who are 18 to 35 years old. Students, employees and young professionals who want a no-frills experience,” de los Reyes said.
Sunrise Buckets, meanwhile, is the brainchild of sisters Abigail and Bridget Co, who have been traveling the world in search of good food.
From a small stall in a bazaar, it has grown to two restaurants serving 17 kinds of chicken wings.
Flavors range from the “Sunrise Original” and “Smokin’ Barbecue” to “Jalapeno,” “Honey Mustard” and “Jack Daniels.”
“This is from our travels around the world. We wanted to share the experience we had, that we discovered authentic flavors,” Abigail said in a separate interview on ANC’s “Shop Talk.”
The same set of flavors can also be enjoyed in the restaurant’s other dishes such as “chicken poppers” and burgers.
Other dishes served in Sunrise Buckets include fish and chips, nachos and other fried items.
Abigail believes that their restaurant is more than just a hype. “It’s not just about buffalo wings, it’s about sharing our adventures to consumers,” she ended.