When fried chicken is involved, Taiwanese fried chicken isn’t top of my list because I find the flavours a tad one-note from my visits to different parts of Taiwan, including Taipei city. Monga Chicken dropped into the Malaysian market last year, making waves for their “thick and juicy” fried chicken with a variety of sauces.
I put this visit off numerous times because I’d rather spend my money on Korean and local fried chicken. But Jien on the other hand wanted to give this place a shot because we’ve walked past the Damansara Utama outlet numerous times and he has more #FOMO than I do.
So we went.
Perhaps it was our luck that night to have gotten a new staff on duty – she messed up our order pretty badly, so we had to wait for almost 10 minutes just for her to sort out the cashier. On top of that, she miscalculated (I have no idea how that can happen) our food order so we were overcharged for our order of two chicken sets (The King & Chee-Z Signature).
The post-ordering process was also complicated due to the glitch at the cashier. I suspect it’s due to the way the POSM is set up, so The King arrived first and Chee-Z Signature, 30 minutes later.
The King (RM14.90 ala carte, additional RM9 for drinks & fries) is essentially your standard Taiwanese fried chicken with salt and pepper. Chicken is adequately juicy while the batter is thin and crunchy – Jien enjoyed this while I didn’t care much for the 5-spice powder flavour and aroma that Taiwanese fried chicken is known for.
Chee-Z Signature (RM17.90 ala carte) comes topped with cheese and tomato sauce so it tastes like a fusion of Italian and Taiwanese. Weird combination, I thought. But since I’m not a fan of five spice powder, the tanginess of the tomato sauce helped cover up the flavour of the powder. That said, still not blown away by Monga Chicken.
Their fries are piping hot and nice, which is a small consolation considering they forgot this until we reminded them again. I’d order the fried chicken skin again because it’s crispy and moreish – more memorable than the fried chicken itself.
Jien and I have different views on which drink goes best with fried chicken. By social norm, carbonated drinks are ideal, but I always feel bubble tea and Taiwanese fried chicken go hand in hand. It does get a bit cloying though, since Monga Chicken’s version is rich and milky. Not your everyday affair, that’s for sure.
Food: 5.5/10 (Jien gives it a 6)
Verdict: If you’re into Taiwanese fried chicken, you might enjoy this better than I did.
Monga Fried Chicken
66, Jalan SS 21/39,
47400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 016-731 6893
Business hours: 11am till 9.45pm