It’s all about chicken
Writer: Brenda Ch'ng
Published: Fri, 01 Mar 2013
WHAT was supposed to be a quick grocery shopping run turned out to be us standing in queue for Texas Chicken (M) Sdn Bhd, a new fast food joint which landed on Malaysian soil last month.
With a queue which snakes down two shops long, it’s hard to just avert heads and not see what the hype is all about.
After all, it is just chicken for heaven’s sake!
Just when you think the queue is getting shorter, more families and groups of youths appear, picking this new restaurant over the long-time favourites McDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), all located on the ground floor of the Aeon Bukit Tinggi shopping mall
Similar to KFC, this restaurant serves chicken, chicken and nothing but fried chicken cooked in their own original secret recipe.
Hailing all the way from San Antonio, Texas, it was started by one George W. Church Sr. in 1952.
All he intended to do was offer his neighbourhood fresh, good quality chicken.
Soon, his small family business started expanding and is now a globally recognised brand with over 1,700 locations in 22 countries.
An amazing feat!
Well, it’s certainly a fresh change from the everyday fried chicken places, new taste and exciting new menus.
Available on the menu is the original and spicy chicken, spicy winglets, chicken tenders and nuggets.
The signature spicy chicken is made with a blend of five types of chili peppers, each one marinated overnight and bread battered by hand in the restaurant daily.
That’s not all, as they have the Spicy Tex Supreme and Mexicana burger along with the Tender Wrap and Tex Wrap to choose from, if one is not keen on just chicken alone.
Texas spicy chicken pieces.
We sampled the Mexicana burger and thought that it was nice, although a little salsa in place of the mayonnaise sauce inside would be nice.
Sandwiched between two buns were a heapful of lettuce, tomatoes and onions, along with cheese, spicy chicken and a little something extra
which looked like nachos but tasted like thick phyllo pastry.
Do be on the lookout for bones in the chicken, because we literally chewed down on a bone towards the end of the burger.
Also, this burger is not for the faint-hearted as we thought it was rather spicy.
Next we ordered the Tex Wrap, which we thought was smaller in portion when compared to the burger.
Inside were two pieces of chicken tenders, onions, lettuce, cheese and mayonnaise wrapped up tight in a round tortilla.
The wrap was light and easy to eat, and the sauce was just enough to give it flavour but not overwhelmingly drenched to make it ooze out.
What we found different about Texas Chicken that we loved was the fact that they serve desserts - real desserts, like cakes.
In addition to the ordinary ice-cream cone, sundae and ice-cream float, Texas Chicken offers the well-loved chocolate volcano cake and the homemade short cake.
Interestingly, the shortcake is made out of their signature honey-butter biscuits, topped with a choice of either strawberry or chocolate sauce.
Sounds yummy? Well it sure is, especially if you are a fan of American biscuits, which are actually more like mini scone cakes.
It is rather similar to the ones served at Popeye’s, but this is softer, more crumbly and has a honey buttered glazed to top it all off.
Another interesting thing we liked about Texas Chicken is that they offer three different kinds of dipping sauce for the chicken tenders, nuggets and spicy winglets - creamy jalapeno, barbecue and ranch.
All combo meals come with a serve of fries and unlimited drinks at really affordable prices.
This restaurant in Bukit Tinggi is the first branch in Malaysia, brought in by Etika International Holdings.
Partnered with Texas Chicken, they plan to open 80 outlets nationwide in the next 10 years.
The second branch in Sri Gombak, 1 Jalan SG1/3, opens this month.
So be on the lookout for other future new openings of Texas Chicken at neighbourhoods near you.
But for now, visit Texas Chicken at No, 1 Persiaran Batu Nilam 1-KS6, Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2, Klang or call 03-33221473.