looloo’s Convenience Store Fried Chicken Blind Taste Test

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When you’re having the worst day at work, there’s some comfort in knowing that you can always run to the convenience store across the street and get yourself a nice, hot piece of fried chicken. All it takes is one big, juicy bite and the world’s fine and dandy again.

Because convenience store fried chicken helps people get through stressful work weeks, we thought we’d do a looloo Blind Taste Test (BTT) and let ya’ll know which one we think is really worth your lunch money.

We bought fried chicken from three of the most widely-accessible convenience store chains in the metro, licked the bones clean, and gave our unbiased comments and ratings! Read on to find out which chicken emerged victorious.

The Rules

Family Mart, Ministop, and 7-Eleven already starred in our Siopao BTT but we put them against each other again, this time to figure out who cooks up the best fried chicken.

We bought chicken thighs from all three places to keep things fair and judged them based on their crispiness, juiciness, and flavor. While we’d usually include value for money in the criteria, the fried chickens were so equally matched in size and price that it would’ve been pointless to compare them.

The Judges

For this BTT, the judges (namely Gwen I., Pam L., Peanut D., and Roegan T.) ate without blindfolds on. Because stripping chicken meat off the bone is already pretty challenging even with your eyes open, we figured it would’ve been impossible if they weren’t allowed to see. So instead, the fried chicken thighs were cut up into smaller pieces so that the judges couldn’t tell which one came from which.

The Results

Fried Chicken #1: Family Mart

Family Mart’s fried chicken

Criteria Peanut D. Gwen I. Pam L. Roegan T. Average Score
Crispiness 4.5 5 4 4 4.375
Juiciness 3.5 3.5 4 4 3.75
Flavor 3.5 4.5 3.5 4 3.875

Family Mart’s fried chicken did well in the crispiness department, impressing all of the judges. “I’ll give that a 5. ‘Cause it has been sitting there for hours now but you can still bite into the crispiness. If it were freshly cooked, it would have been very crispy,” said Gwen I.

But it didn’t get as high a score for juiciness, with the judges complaining that it wasn’t evenly juicy. “Some parts were juicy but some parts were dry. But from what I ate, there were more not so dry parts,” said Pam L.

As for flavor, they found it tasty but a tad too salty. “It’s salty in a way where your tongue feels dried out. All the salt has coated my tongue and it almost feels numb,” said Peanut D.

Fried Chicken #2: Ministop

Ministop’s fried chicken

Criteria Peanut D. Gwen I. Pam L. Roegan T. Average Score
Crispiness 4.5 4 3 3.5 3.75
Juiciness 4 4 4.5 4.5 4.25
Flavor 4 3 3.5 4.5 3.75

When compared to the first one, Ministop’s fried chicken didn’t fare as well in terms of crispiness. It seemed like it wasn’t cooked evenly because while some got pretty crunchy parts, the unlucky ones had to put up with soggy pieces.

But this fried chicken made up for it in juiciness. “It was definitely juicier than the first one. The parts that I got were not dry at all,” said Pam L.

As for flavor, the judges gave it decent scores. “This has more flavor than the first one. And you can definitely taste the chicken-ness of it. If you eat just the chicken pieces, you can taste the flavor of the chicken,” said Peanut D.

Fried Chicken #3: 7-Eleven

7-Eleven’s fried chicken

Criteria Peanut D. Gwen I. Pam L. Roegan T. Average Score
Crispiness 4 2 3.5 3 3.125
Juiciness 3 3 3 3 3
Flavor 3.5 3 3 3 3.125

Similar to the second one, 7-Eleven’s fried chicken got low marks for uneven crispiness. “The crispiness is inconsistent. Some were soggy but there were some parts that were crispy,” said Roegan T.

The judges were also left disappointed by the subpar juiciness. “It’s not particularly juicy or dry. It’s just in the middle. It’s mediocre,” said Peanut D.

As for flavor, the judges noted that it was different from the others because it had a kick to it. But that still wasn’t enough to merit it higher scores. “It definitely stood out among the other two because of its spiciness. But I tasted some parts without the spiciness and it was pretty bland,” said Pam L.

Criteria #1 Family Mart #2 Ministop #3 7-Eleven
Crispiness 4.375 3.75 3.125
Juiciness 3.75 4.25 3
Flavor 3.875 3.75 3.125
TOTAL SCORE 12 / 15 11.75 / 15 9.25 / 15

It was a close battle between these three convenience stores but we do have a winner…

7-Eleven may have won our siopao BTT but this time, Family Mart bags first place for best fried chicken! Garnering a total of 12 points out of a highest possible score of 15, their chicken earned solid points for crispiness and flavor.

Ministop, with 11.75 points, falls short by 0.25 to land in second place. While 7-Eleven, with 9.25 points, takes the third spot.

And there you have it! We hope this helps you out the next time you’re on the hunt for fried chicken but can’t decide which convenience store to hit up!

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Denise Jose

Denise is a recovering food addict. She distracts herself with photography and keeps off the pounds by doing pilates. She is still struggling, however, and has occasional relapses. Her food comas are mostly induced by oily burgers and chocolate desserts.

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