Mang Inasal lorded it over the fast food scene brandishing its “inasal” chicken and unlimited rice and was then gobbled up by Jollibee but Chic-Boy, an upstart chain, was quietly building up its name in the shadows of Mang Inasal having a similar concept but with an added twist.
I had eaten at Chic-Boy once, more than a year ago and was not exactly wowed by the food. While passing through Shaw, we spotted a new branch put up so one night with no idea where to eat, we decided to give it another chance.
We zeroed in on their specialites, Lechon Manok and Lechon Liempo, both Cebu style, which are cooked with lots of spices. After we had ordered at the counter and gotten our order number we proceeded to get a table.I was surprised to see a bottle of toasted garlic in addition to the usual condiments like soy, vinegar and “evil” chicken oil. Other places usually charge a small amount for the toasted garlic and here its just free, a nice touch.
Cebu Lechon Liempo (P160). I really enjoyed the order this time, maybe because it was not as fat as the one we had before. The thin layer of skin had a nice crispy crunch in the mouth. the meat flavorful after being grilled with all the spices similar to a lechon hence the name. I usually don’t touch the vinegar given but it looked and smelled different enticing me to brave a taste and I was right it was quite different, a sweet vinegar mixture that went perfectly with the pork.
Cebu Lechon Manok (P120/half). We also ordered the chicken since we did not know which one would be fancied by Lauren.She ended up actually having both, alternating a spoonful of each. The chicken meat was tender and succulent and flavorful to the bones. Looks like another winner for us.
To balance our meaty dishes we order some vegetables. Talong Bagoong (P25), not really a fan of eggplant but this one was good, nicely grilled with a little salty shrimp paste on the side.
Ginisang Kangkong (P30). This was the other veggie we ordered and we loved it. The crunch of the stalks interspersed with the soft, tasty leaves was a good match to our meaty dishes.
We’ve ordered this every time we’ve eaten there.
Looks like there’s a new Chicken in town and he’s brought a bodyguard with him, the Pig. We’ve been back there countless times and with a food bill for the 3 of us under P400 including drinks, the prices are very very reasonable. Chic-Boy has become a go to place for us when we don’t have any idea where to eat.
They also serve chicken “inasal” but I’ve yet to taste them since the above dishes are what I go there for. The unlimited rice is limited to those that order the value sets.
#500 Shaw Zentrum
Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong