Hoolala Korean Chicken House opened about 2 weeks ago, a few buildings away from us. It is a partnership between Grace Lee, Paolo Bediones and Arnold Vegafria. It occupies the space of Grace Lee’s old grocery along Escriva Drive, at the back of UA&P. There a couple of parking spaces in front of the store with street parking available at night.
Grace Lee’s mom made all the recipes as well as imported a lot of the equipment they use in Hoolala. The logo reminded me of Two Two Chicken in Korea, a meal so memorable we ate there two times in one trip.
I’ve been meaning to try it our and finally got the chance last Friday before heading to the Shangri-la Plaza cinema to watch Mockingjay.
The space is big and can seat 60 people comfortably. There a counter at the end, in front of the glass paned kitchen where you can order or just wait for the server to come to your table and take it.
The entrance and the counter was brightly lit but the middle part was a bit dark. The walls are adorned with many cute chicken painting as well as two TVs.
Their menu is a bit confusing, especially the fried chicken part. they also have some side dishes but ordering is pretty straightforward once you get that it all starts with their original recipe chicken. After you order, they’ll bring out some complimentary pickles, these will pair up well with the chicken.
We started with the curiously named Andong Chicken Stew (P90/solo, P170/share). It looks like a cross between chicken adobo and japchae. Irene and I both enjoyed this one especially the noodles. The sauce is a sweet and savory mix with well flavored chicken pieces although the veggies were not tender enough.
Our main course was the Yang Nyum Fried Chicken (P300/half, P560/whole). We had this tossed in Classic Soy, other choices are Sweet Chili, Bulgogi, Oh My Garlic and Chili Sili. The chicken pieces, indistinguishable though, were lightly battered and well tossed in our sauce choice. The resultant fried chicken is crispy with a sweet soy flavor. There’s even more classic soy sauce in the middle of the plate you can roll your rice in. Lauren enjoyed it so much she’s been clamoring for a return meal.
We ordered another dish called Boneless Cheesy Melt (P330/half/ P620/whole). We had this one tossed in traditional Sweet Chili sauce. What came out was a plate of pure win, chicken pop pieces tossed in sauce then baked with overflowing cheese.
The cheese covered almost the entire plate and was even bubbling as it was served on our table.
Be sure to wrap the chicken pieces in gooey cheese for a great dish that I think will pair really well with cold beer or alcohol.
Here’s the complete menu for you to look and drool to.
Hoolala Korean Chicken House is a great new addition to the Ortigas food scene. It’s a great place to have a quick meal especially when Irene is too tired to cook plus picky Lauren loves it too. We’ll have to try the other dishes next time but what we’ve tried are already so good and reminds us of our time in Korea.