Our family has developed a love for chicken inasal developed by many meals at JT’s Manukan and more so during our trip to Bacolod. There we had both Aida’s Chicken and Nena Beth’s, both located in Manokan Country. We’ve been hearing about the a branch of Aida’s Chicken right here in Metro Manila more specifically in Makati Cinema Square (MCS). What prompted us to finally give the place a try was a discussion with Chef Ariel Manuel of Lolo Dad’s about a superb vegetable dish at Aida’s.
MCS is one of those outdated malls of yesteryears, I can’t even remember the last time I went there. We decided to finally go there during one of our shopping trips at Kitayama Meat Shop. Going inside MCS feels like getting in a time warp, it’s like everything was stuck in the past. Look at that facade of Aida’s Chicken, looks so retro.
The interiors are pretty basic too with monobloc chairs partnered with wooden tables. The only sense of decor are the paintings hung on the wall.
Lauren loves Chicken Tinola (P175) so we got one order. Her fine taste buds detected that the tinola at Aida’s Chicken did not use native chicken so it was not up to snuff. Irene and I just enjoyed it ourselves, light and clear with a strong ginger taste.
We each got an order of Chicken Inasal Pecho (P165) Executive Meal, which comes with rice and soup. A little bit of eggplant and salted egg salad was served on the side. The meal comes with plain rice only but I wanted their house garlic rice which entailed an add on price. The taste was spot on, juicy and flavorful to the bone, exactly like the ones from Bacolod. My only complaint was that it was a bit too charred as you can see.
We got the Illonggo Express (P170) as this came highly recommended. The dish definitely lived up to the hype, it was so good I’d gladly come back for this alone. Wing beans, twisted string beans with a some sliced meat cooked in coconut milk and bagoong.
We all enjoyed our meal that we are already planning a return trip, Lauren for the chicken and us for the vegetable. If you want a taste of real chicken inasal straight from Bacolod, then a trip to Aida’s Chicken is a must.