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Being a Manila-based blogger participant for the Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014, I had the chance to hop in a van that plied the busy streets of the highly urbanized city for good restaurants to dine in. I was able to experience why it is called the culinary capital of the Philippines. During the 3-day event, I discovered the oldest restaurant in the city. For dinner, I dressed up in a formal wear thinking that the venue would be a high-end restaurant with chandeliers and wall-to-wall carpet. Ending up at Angeles Fried Chicken (AFC) did not only made me seemingly overdressed, it also made me unnoticeable because of the dimly-lit charm of the restaurant. The dining spot actually had a laid-back and relaxing bar-feel ambiance.
|An excerpt of the Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014|
It was not my first time being in Angeles City as I was invited by Tune Hotels-Angeles last year to experience its facility and the surrounding area for my travel blog. My visit of the place was only for two days and I did not have the chance to really make a good immersion. I actually spent more time lounging at the famous Bayanihan Park that's located just before the main entrance of Clark Freeport Zone.
|Shrimp With Cashew Nuts|
More Flavorful Than KFC
A taste of AFC's regular chicken reminded me of another famous fast food brand but the distinction in taste was in the secret recipe that's been handed down from one generation to another since the restaurant opened in the 1960s. Clearly, AFC tasted more flavorful but it matches the tenderness of the meat of its chief competitor. For locals, however, there is no rivalry as their very own dining venue has been a silent witness to precious moments of their lives in Angeles City. Like the chicken that has fed old folks and their children and their children's children, the dining area remained the same since it became operational.
Chicken lovers would be delighted to know that the AFC chicken can be ordered with the traditional option for roll or rice. One can also order a pint of coleslaw for taste enhancement. The side salad that I tasted was nowhere near the taste of the same competitor's coleslaw. AFC's version can be enjoyed entirely on its own actually. The meal was made complete with a serving of the AFC Fried Rice which consisted of egg, shrimp, chicken chunks and vegetables.
Tasty Appetizers of Salad, Chicharon, and Crackers
Our group was also served with the most appetizing salad that I've tasted so far -- the Crispy Chicken Salad. It did not really try to be inventive as its deliciousness relied on its basic mixture of boneless chicken breasts, lettuce, and other ingredients that included water chestnut, making the taste experience juicy and crunchy. The complementing dressing sealed my approval. I was also glad that while waiting for the chicken to be served we were given the chance to munch on bowls of crispy fish crackers and chicharon bulaklak (pork intestines) to prepare our palates for what was to come -- more food!
|Japanese Fried Chicken|
|AFC Fried Rice|
It was interesting to know from chef and restaurateur Pocholo Flores that AFC does not only specialize in fried chicken dinners. It also serves a roster of other comfort food that Angelenos have come to patronize for more than 45 years. Servings of the Sizzling Sisig (a famous Pampanga original), the creamy Shrimp with Cashew Nuts, the traditional fried Lumpiang Shanghai and Pancit Canton, plus the deep-fried battered shrimp dish called Camaron Rebosado.
If you're a fan of chicken treats, you can also order AFC's Japanese Fried Chicken which lovers of garlic adore as it's loaded with lots of it. Fondly called in Western dining venues as JFC, the Japanese-style fried chicken is a lot less greasy in taste compared to regular ones. AFC's version was served hot of course, but since I was busy taking photos of food, I was able to consume a piece when it already got cold. It was noticeably still succulent fortunately.
We finished our delicious dinner with a satisfied burp and headed our way out of the venue which was fondly divided into smoking and non-smoking sections. Truly, anything that's considered an institution is worth a visit no matter how far it is.
Angeles Fried Chicken
Address: 1992 Marlim Ave., Diamond Subd., Balibago, Angeles City, Philippines
Phone: 63 (45) 322 4448
Fax: 63 (45) 625 7644
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|Me with the AFC mascot|