Flower bouquets have always seemed like an impersonal gift to me. It’s one of those things that people buy in a mall at the last minute, yet hope to have seen as a grand romantic gesture. A bouquet of fried chicken bits, though? Game changer.
I’m a chicken addict/fanatic/whatever you want to call it — so imagine my delight when I discovered Crazy Cone, a new stall in the Maginhawa, Quezon City food park, Streat.
Like other food found in the park, what Crazy Cone has going for it is the novelty of its concept. It’s a complete meal set served in a single handy waffle cone: chicken, sauces, and fries, all in one.
Its owners, 24-year-old Alexx Esponga and 22-year-old Kloyd Majam, told me that they wanted to create “fork-free” food that are — in their words — “instagrammable.” And to them, this means texture and dimensions.
“So we didn’t make it gourmet [style] — we want it messy,” Esponga said.
These “messy” cones come in several flavors including Crazy Buffalo, Insane Barbecue, Silly Maple, Wacky Parmesan, and Loopy Katsu.
Regular cones are priced at PHP99 (US$1.82), while a larger one costs PHP120 (US$2.21). Customers can also add PHP30 (US$0.55) for a serving of iced tea.
I tried the Silly Maple. While I’m usually a huge fan of the chicken and waffles combo (maple syrup in the mix is a must), the one that I tried here was strange to me. Is that cinnamon powder I detect? Yes. Yes, it is. It isn’t straight up awful by any means, but it did make the meal a little too dessert-y for me. It was especially prominent in the aftertaste, which lingered past the initially pleasantly sweet and tangy chicken-maple syrup combo.
I also went ahead and got crazy with a DIY cone (PHP170/US$3.13). I made mine with the Loopy Katsu with sausage doused in garlic sauce.
Not to toot my own horn, but heyyyyy — this combo was on point. The garlic sauce made the katsu (which was otherwise a tad dry) evolve into a rich and creamy concoction.
Another DIY cone one I had was the Classic Chick with mac & cheese. The chicken was tender, but by itself — it was a bit underwhelming. Thankfully, that mac & cheese provided a different (read: beautifully gooey) texture that made it a lot richer and that much more decadent.
Those who are not into experimenting but want to mix flavors can go for the Crazy Combos, pre-designed combinations by the stall’s founders.
There’s Spice Up!, buffalo-flavored chicken bites, a sausage, fries, and some garlic sauce on top; Cheese Overload, parmesan-flavored chicken bites, mac & cheese, and fries that can be topped with extra mozzarella cheese that will be torched and melted upon serving; and ILYSB, chicken bites with bacon bits and strips, fries, and cheese sauce.
These Crazy Combos range from PHP150 (US$2.76) to PHP160 (US$2.95) each, all served in a big cone.
Stall owner Esponga told Coconuts that they plan to add more waffle cones with flavors like sriracha and cheese. They also plan to open another branch in Bonifacio Global City’s (BGC) Mercato food market, so people in that part of Metro Manila can try their food as well.
Streat: Maginhawa Food Park, 91 Maginhawa Street, Diliman, Quezon City
Open Tuesdays – Sundays 5pm-12 am