Clark’s Contribution to the Chicken Wings Craze
Metro Manila loves trends. The crazes here spread like wildfire, thanks to mass consumerism and lax copyright laws. Years ago, it was the sago and flavored shake fad, which sort of died a natural death (Do people still drink Zagu?). Then there was the donut shop craze, with Krispy Kreme and Gonuts Donuts dominating the market. Then we had the Kettle Corn rage, with numerous copycats mushrooming all over the metro. This year, it’s all about milk tea and chicken wings.
For the chicken wings craze, we have Wingman, Bonchon Chicken, Charlie’s Grind and Grill, Buffalo’s Wings ‘N Things, and many others. Whenever I open my Facebook account, there’s at least one person raving about his chicken wings experience on my news wall.
As a chicken wing fan (I almost won a wing eating contest once), I’m always game when it comes to checking out new restaurants that try to rival Bonchon and the like. Well, I found a worthy opponent, all the way in Clark, Angeles City—Koko Buri Restaurant, which opened to public early this year.
For P185, you get the two-piece soy garlic chicken meal that comes with rice and vegetables on the side. For P190, you get the chili garlic version. Their chicken wings passed my test with flying colors. The skin is crispy, the sauce is savory, and the chicken size is big enough to fill a hungry stomach.
Koko Buri wasn’t originally put up to rival Manila’s Bonchon craze. Koko Buri is actually an Asian fusion restaurant that happens to serve great chicken wings. My Kapampangan friends and I just couldn’t help but compare their double-fried, Korean-style chicken wings to Bonchon. There are a lot of other dishes on Koko Buri’s menu that are must-tries, such as the Thai Kang Kong, P110, which is good for 2-3 people.
The next time you head up north, drop by Koko Buri Restaurant to see why the buzz about their chicken wings made it all the way to Manila.Koko Buri is located at Pavilion 4, Berthaphil III, Clark Center, Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines