Monga – Taiwanese Rooster – Nottingham
There’s at all times one thing pleasant about making an attempt someplace new. Particularly someplace on a whim, particularly someplace that’s unfamiliar. That’s the sensation I obtained this weekend once I went to take a look at Monga, not solely had they solely simply opened however I used to be additionally about to get my first style of Taiwanese meals. Monga’s small outlet is within the Victoria Centre, between the Avenue Meals Membership and Ed’s Diner. There are a handful of little tables across the counter service space however you may selected to takeaway. What seating and services there are are purposeful fairly than comfy. The menu doesn’t lengthen to an enormous variety of choices and focuses firmly on rooster. The primary gadgets are “fillets” but in addition popcorn rooster and a few sides out there.The flavours out there vary from some pretty plain batter to teriyaki and even one topped with mozzarella. For an unspecified period of time they’re providing some free popcorn rooster (£5.50) once you purchase a fillet (£7.50).
I made a decision to benefit from mentioned deal and went for the “Scorching Chick” alongside Taiwan Popcorn rooster. The very first thing to notice is that their fillets are a critical chunk of rooster. I used to be impressed with the cooking, very crispy batter and intensely moist inside. The flavouring was good, a little bit fiery however given the thickness of the rooster you didn’t get a constant quantity of it throughout mouthfuls. I’ll say its a little bit of a bugger to eat. It arrives in a little bit bag you grasp with out getting your fingers soiled however in direction of the top you get to the bone so have to get a bit extra caught in. The popcorn rooster was a way more delicate flavour, maybe simply salt and pepper within the batter though I detected one thing else within the seasoning to provide it an additional dimension. It too was very well cooked if rather less crispy than the fillet. Misguidedly I additionally obtained some chips, far an excessive amount of meals however I managed to strive a pair for science. Equally to the popcorn rooster I couldn’t put my finger on their “signature” seasoning. It was a contact like nori however very delicate. Good flavour and properly fried.
I couldn’t drastically fault something I ate at Monga. That mentioned I don’t have an excessive amount of to match it too. It’s not as outrageously crispy as Korean rooster from the likes of The Gallus however the rooster itself was definitely amongst one of the best cooked fried rooster I’ve had. A slight criticism is that it appears a contact expensive, a fillet with facet and drink is nearly £11, and repair a little bit sluggish though it’s their first week so issues might enhance. With each of these issues in thoughts they may wrestle to draw to draw a lunchtime work crowd. That mentioned I can definitely think about a time once I assume “have you learnt what I fancy….”, there’s nowhere else prefer it.