The new Filipino-style barbecued chicken at Chicking.
PHOTO BY EXPAT MEDIA
DUBAI – It seems there is no stopping the growing influence of Filipino taste in international menus, the latest of which is the addition of Filipino-style barbecued chicken in the menu of Chicking.
The global quick service restaurant chain, which has more than 160 outlets in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe, launched the Filipino specialty dish at its Chicking outlet in Al Rigga, Dubai on Monday (July 22).
The specialty Filipino dish is definitely a welcome variation to the recent surge of Filipino grilled chicken in the emirate, pleasing Pinoy taste buds with its distinct slightly sweet barbecue taste and smoky aroma.
Expat Media and other media outfits were invited to try the new dish, which features juicy, Filipino-style barbecue chicken served with unlimited jasmine rice, soft drink and the traditional condiment of native kalamansi mixed with soy sauce and chili. The new dish is only Dh20.
“We are confident that the barbecued chicken will be a hit with the Filipino community here in Dubai, just like our popular sweet-style spaghetti,” Maqbool Modi, Director of Operations of Chicking, told Expatmedia.net.
Modi said that plans are underway to launch the Filipino barbecue chicken across all Chicking outlets in the UAE.
Vagelyn Boncodin, Store Manager of Chicking Al Rigga branch, said that Filipino expatriates who eat at Chicking have long asked for the dish.
“Many of our Filipino customers have been asking for Pinoy-style barbecue chicken, so the idea came to life,” Boncodin said.
She said the specialty dish is marinated overnight in a special barbecue sauce to give it its distinct taste before it hits the grill.
On Monday night, the mouthwatering smell of Filipino-style barbecued chicken wafted through the upper floor of Chicking in Al Rigga where it mingled with the chatter of Filipinos excited to try the dish.
Plastic gloves were passed around for those who wanted to dig in, Filipino-style, with their hands.
“It reminds me of the fiesta-style barbecues we have at home, and the well-seasoned chicken is also perfectly cooked down to the bone,” diner Alice Bernabe told expatmedia.net.
John Alforque, a Dubai resident, said he particularly loves the sweet barbecue smell and praised the “juicy barbecued chicken that doesn’t have a weird aftertaste.”
“This is very Filipino and I am glad they got it right. I will be bringing my friends to try it too,” he said. ICA/Expat Media
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