KFC Can’t Compete With This Fried Chicken

By Mark Wiens 17 Comments


My first day walking around Manila, the Philippines and I happen to stumble upon a food item that I simply could not possibly pass by.  I took one look at the pile of “1 day old” chickens and decided I had to partake of them.


I ordered as the chef quickly threw one of the baby chickens into the boiling oil to reheat it.  He then poked it with a stick and pulled something very small out the mid section of the bird to discard (no idea what it was, but apparently its not eaten).  The cook then served the chicken to me on a stick with a sour vinaigrette sauce.


I began with the head, munching the neck and beak in a unifed bite.  The little guy went down rather easily.  It tasted like chicken except with an extra crunch, as well as a rather bitter gamy taste to it that really crept in as the eating continued.


1 day old fried chickens really are an exquisite and wonderful snack.  At only 2 to 3 bites, they are also perfect to be eaten off a stick.

After eating one it was only right that I also munch his sibling, and went ahead and ordered up a second round of 1 day old fried chickens.  Luckily each chick will only set you back 6 pesos or about $0.12, so an all out day old chicken buffet might only cost a few bucks.  In my opinion, that’s a great deal for a protein rich treat.

I was pulling a combination of beak and chicken feet out of my teeth for the next couple of hours.


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  • vishal kaushik

    3 years ago

    Nice one Mark!!

  • Lesley Rogers

    3 years ago

    1 day old fried chickens? Have never heard of such a treat before. Will definitely look for it next time. Very cheap as well!

  • Normal person

    13 years ago

    This is completely SICK!!!!!

  • AC

    13 years ago

    I think thats absolutely disgusting and inhumane, a total violation of animal rights. I think that such practices should be reported to animal rights groups!

    • jj

      13 years ago


    • Mira9e

      10 years ago

      Mark, awesome pics. These are one of the street foods I wanna try after watching Bizarre Food. My GF (she’s Filipina) and I are going to Manila next month and I can’t wait to try.

      AC: Plz STFU and get your PETA-lovin’ a$$ out of here.

      What’s the point of traveling if you don’t eat what the locals eat?

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Hey thank you so much and great to hear from you. Glad you’ll be going to Manila soon, enjoy the snacks!

  • Joel bruner

    14 years ago

    Awesome pics homie

  • Lornadahl

    15 years ago

    I honestly haven’t tried this. 🙁

    Have you tried frogs’ legs, too? I find them tastier than fried chicken.

    • Mark Wiens

      15 years ago

      Yes, I did try frogs legs as well. They are quite delicious as well!