We were at Eastwood City one morning and dropped by Hot Star Chicken, dubbed as Taiwan's no. 1 chicken shop. We got intrigued because of the buzz around this place and tried some of their fried stuff.
We ordered an Original Large Fried Chicken (Php 110, + Php 35 for rice and drink) and asked the staff to make it spicy. The chicken was really big (good for 3 people), fried with breading, and dusted with chili powder. It tasted O-K. The distinct Chinese five-spice (?) flavor was really pronounced. The chicken was a bit dry and tough. The gravy that came with it was bland. Quite a letdown, actually.
Another dish we tried was a plate of Chicken Skin (Php 45) and we asked that it be drizzled with barbecue sauce. What came was three sticks of giant, flattened chicken skin coated with too much breading. In fact, the breading was too thick that we could barely taste the chicken skin. The thick coating also made each stick heavy on the palate and the stomach. Nakakaumay. The barbecue sauce lacked the depth and smokiness of real barbecue; it was all sugar and salt.
The place was spacious and cool enough. What we loved was the playlist!
As for the staff, well, the cashier was not warm and friendly.
Based on our first try, we wouldn't mind not coming back here at Hot Star.
Hot Star Chicken is at Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.