|Monga is now in the Philippines!|
When one mentions the word Taiwan, the first thing that comes to mind would probably be having a milk tea, but mark my word, once you get hold of Monga—Taiwan’s number 1 fried chicken cutlet chain, you’d surely be craving for more and probably pair your favorite milk tea with this humongous chicken chops from Monga which incidentally recently opened its first Philippine store at the basement of SM Megamall [just across the food court, right beside the escalator in Mega A].
We have to thank the people behind the Vikings Group for being instrumental in bringing the goodness of Taiwan’s most popular chicken cutlet in the Philippine shore. Known for their line of buffet restaurants, The Vikings Group believes that Monga will also be patronized well by Filipinos who are naturally foodies at heart.
|Monga opens at SM Megamall|
Monga is patterened after Taiwan’s night markets. Nono Chen, a renowned Taiwanese celebrity and Monga founder flew all the way from Taiwan to welcome Filipinos into the store opening for a full experience of the place down to its taste.
|Taiwanese star Nono Chen with The Vikings Group|
|My friend Dems Angeles with Purple Plum Fairy as we await our orders|
|Sweet treats await Milktea Lovers with this Black Dragon Oolong Drink from Monga|
I’ve had experienced Monga myself and I’m telling you it’s not your typical boneless fried chicken. For one, it’s 2-inches thick fried chicken fillets which are marinated with honey, dipped in batter instead of the usual dry flour and then dried to perfection. It’s flavorful on its own [even the white meat alone] with or without its crispy skin. They offer more chicken cutlet choices, more daily steals, and some new drinks to try too. Be warned though: Monga’s chicken cutlets are big on size and big on flavor as well.
|Monga's Chee-z Chicken Cutlet is huge|
|Just to let you know Monga's chicken cutlet is as huge as a hand|
|Oozing with cheese and tomato overload, Monga's Chee-z is a must-try|
Their Taiwanese Style Chicken Poppers are boneless chicken bites with salt and pepper coating. Even without any dipping sauce, it can stand well on its own. The best part? It’s not greasy at all. Every order on Monga is great for sharing with two or more friends unless you want to be fully satiated that you feel your belly’s about to burst.
|Monga's Taiwanese Styled Chicken Popcorn|
Monga’s The King aren’t lying when they say it’s king in size and flavor. Each piece is about the size of one’s hand. Although for me, it’s literally bigger than your face. And I’m not kidding when I said that. You have to see it for yourself. But more importantly, the chicken cutlets are juicy, very tender with deliciously crispy skin. I also love their Taiker chicken [peppered with seaweed]. If that chicken’s got your mouth watering but you still want to try to eat Monga’s other menu, I highly recommend that you wash them with Orange Green Tea Drink for a palate cleanse.
|Monga's Grapefruit Green Tea Drinks|
Even if chicken isn’t exactly your thing, Monga has other stuff for you to try: Fried Broccoli, fries with plum powder or seaweed fries or if you’re feeling healthy, you can try their Fried King Oyster Mushroom [which I highly recommend too].
|Monga's Fried King Oyster Mushrooms|
If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is—but save some for Monga’s best-selling Chee-z Signature Chicken cutlet. It’s available in original and spicy variants. This is basically any cheese lovers’ dream. You can order their chicken cutlets ala carte or order a cup for rice. Don’t get this unless you’re all caps H-U-N-G-R-Y. Other gut-busting options include Monga chicken wings, fried chicken skin, Monga Nuggets, Monga crispy chicken, Hot chick and signature fries. You can order their chicken cutlets ala carte or order a cup for rice.
|The huge deep fried mushrooms are also a must-try!|
|From left: Monga's Oyster Mushrooms, Taiker and The King|
|Taiker [Seaweed] Chicken Cutlet from Monga|
I also tried their Black Dragon Oolong Bubba Milk Tea, Green Dragon Matcha Latte, Grapefruit Green Tea and tasted Jasmine Green Tea Milk Tea Foam. Unlike their many milk tea counterparts that are too sweet, I’m glad Monga’s take on Taiwanese milk tea are just right on the palate. I couldn’t resist indulging on their chewy bubba pearls.
|Jasmine Green Tea Milk Foam Drink|
|Monga Green Dragon Matcha Milktea|
Foodie Alert!!! Head over to SM Megamall and take advantage of their exciting promos in line with their grand opening: From November 6 to November 11, you can Buy 1 Get 1 Signature Fried Chicken at Php199 for The King, Hot Chick and Taiker flavors, and Php229 for the Chee-z Flavor. From November 12 to November 18, you can Buy 1 Get 1 Milk Tea for Php110.
I’m actually smacking my lips just writing about it now. I look forward in going back there and hopefully, they’re going to have a branch somewhere near my place soon. I’m not surprised I’ve gotten myself pretty full all over again. But as I write this blog entry, I can’t wait to go back for more.
|Purple Plum Fairy holds two of her favorite things at Monga: Chicken Cutlet and Black Dragon Milktea|
Monga is home of the number 1 Taiwanese-style fried chicken. It is located at the Lower Ground Floor of Mega A, SM Megamall Mandaluyong City. But guess what? They will also be having another branch real soon at SM North EDSA.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% my own.