Hot Star is a very famous store in Taiwan’s Shilin Night Market. It’s known for the gigantic chicken chops! Good news is that it’s finally here in Manila! Time to devour your own big chicken!
Hot Star’s flagship store in the Philippines is located along the newly built Blue Bay Walk along Macapagal Avenue. It’s right in front of the old Blue Bay Area. The store itself has a very neat aura primarily because of the sky blue and white theme.
Hot Star’s menu has several food items just like a normal fast food, and of course highlighting their famous large chicken chop. If you plan to just eat this as a snack, think twice- Hot Star’s chicken is really B-I-G that you can eat and share one order for lunch. The chicken itself also has few bones and cartilage , so it just tells us that it is a real chicken and not an artificial one.
We ordered several items because their price is really affordable (considering that it’s an international brand, and the serving is large).
1. Hot Star Original Large Fried Chicken, 110 pesos
This is the original version, and I must say the best and my personal favorite. It has a thick and tender chicken meat, plus flavorful breading that has just the right kick. If you are on a diet, you can eat original flavor alone without any rice since it’s not salty. Just remember that it’s around 30 cm long (almost as big as a child’s face) which is almost enough for 2-3 people to share. Add more pepper as you like!
2. Hot Star Crispy Large Fried Chicken, 110 pesos
The crispy version has a really, really crispy texture.. as in. Crispiest chicken I’ve ever tasted in my life. So be mindful if you have dental problems. Personally though, I also liked this one, ranking as 2nd. Better to eat it while it’s hot to retain the perfect texture.
3. Hot Star BBQ Large Fried Chicken, 125 pesos
I don’t quite like the BBQ variant. The BBQ flavor is quite confusing and doesn’t seem to match the Filipino BBQ flavor. It’s too sweet-sour for my taste, rather than being salty-sweet. Don’t order this alone too- ensure that it comes with a rice since the sauce is super flavorful that you might get used to it easily.
4. Classic Spaghetti, 50 pesos
Tastes like a normal spaghetti, that has more tomato sauce than ketchup. Not too sweet.
5. Ice Crush Black Gulaman, 45 pesos
I love this drink. The ice is crushed finely, then combined to the Black Gulaman juice. I call it juice since there is really no gulaman bits just like the normal version. Still good though- perfect cold drink on a hot weather.
6. Blue Lemonade
As you can see, since their theme is sky blue and white, they also have a blue drink! Refreshingly sour!
Overall, I’m satisfied with my Taiwan Hot Star PH experience and I will be happy to go back again! Next time, I’ll order my favorites- Original Large Fried Chicken and Ice Crush Black Gulaman! How I wish for them to offer cinema kiosks too! This is a really perfect movie snack!
Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue cor. EDSA, Pasay City, Philippines
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Facebook account: Hot Star Philippines