Last Saturday, we were going with Lauren to the Pasay area for a consultation so we decided to check out the newly opened Hot Star Large Fried Chicken in Blue Bay Walk. Hot Star is the most popular chicken store in Taiwan, popular for their giant sized chicken fillets. I was not able to try Hot Star in Taipei but I was able to try a facsimile in Danshui. I was able to see this in Hong Kong beside our favorite street food stall in Mongkok but the pull of the curry fish balls was stronger.
Hot Star Large Fried Chicken’s first branch is located in the still sparsely populated Blue Bay Walk in Macapagal Ave. Enter the complex on the Macapagal side and not the EDSA side because there are not only more parking spaces here but its closer to the store.
Those people in a hurry can just use the express take out lane. The pack the fried chicken fillets in boxes similar to Krispy Kreme donuts.
There are plenty of tables and a couple more outside so our wait was pretty short. This is their first restaurant concept since our dining habits here are different from other Asian countries.
Hot Star Large fried Chicken is still a fast food type concept so ordering is done from the counter. There are two stations so lines dissipate quickly.
After ordering, just wait for your number (indicated at the bottom of the receipt) to be called, pick up your food and then enjoy away.
We ordered two Original Large fried Chicken (P110) for Irene and Lauren and one BBQ Large Fried Chicken (P125) for me. We upgraded all there to a meal combo (plus P35) which included a cup of rice and a regular drink. The original fillet was fried pretty well, with no oily residue on the batter. I just found it a bit bland but nothing a liberal sprinkling of salt and pepper powder quickly solved.
I was not able to measure the fillet if it was really 30cm but it was really quite big. Pardon my using the tissue to hold the fillet to my face but it was hot.
After deep frying, the bbq is given a little basting with barbecue sauce on the grill. Having tried both, I prefer the stronger and sweeter taste of the bbq. They use the breast part of the chicken that’s been cut in a special way that makes it that big.
For our dessert, Irene and I tried the Ice Crush (P45) that comes in Almond and Black Gulaman variants or a combination like what we had. Think of it as a shake thats very refreshing and has both almond and grass jelly flavors. We’ll be skipping the soda next time and will be having this again. They also have soft serve that come in the same exact variants.
Here’s a map I borrowed from the Hot Star Facebook Page in case you are unfamiliar with the place.
The Hot Star Large Fried Chicken meals are really reasonable and filling considering it comes out to P145 for the original variants and includes a drink and a cup of rice already. The food is good but I would not drive all the way there for it, so hoping another branch pops up near us in the future. My personal faves are the bbq large fried chicken and the combination Ice Crush.
Hot Star Large Fried Chicken PhilippinesBlue Bay Walk Macapagal cor. EDSA Pasay City, Philippines
Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm