Saturday, June 1, 2013

HOLDAK: falling in love with real Korean chicken

it was a traditional story of a passionate foodie of bringing in his favorite dish in his hometown. but for Carl Tan, President of Holdak Philippines, his story is not just about passion for food but falling in love with it. in his business venture, Holdak, he shares his story of how he brought home a piece of what he loves and he also shares the moments of being in love with his favorite chicken dish.
Holdak, from a Korean phrase "Holdak ban hada" which means "to fall deeply and madly in love with something" and Dak in Hangul dialect which means chicken. so it's a play on words of "falling madly in love with chicken." in his special invitation, i really now understand why he is in love.

started just last January 2013, Holdak first opened at the foot of Mezza residences in Manila where people pass by. thus, the willingness of Carl Tan to share and spread his happiness to the passers by and even visitors make it standing in store today. he first tasted Holdak in a chilly night in Beijing and finding out it's franchising terms even encouraged him to bring it here. how excited is he reminiscing back memories of watching a movie in Beijing with friends eating Holdak chicken on their laps.

the restaurant is easy to find on its location. the chicken head icon makes its mark on the glass window of the restaurant. of course, you'll never get confused with its orange appeal. a very inviting atmosphere and cozy interior for everyone.
his chicken party became more livelier when courses of Holdak chicken is being served on the tables. 4 different flavors to choose from: Yang-Nyam, Spicy Yang-Nyam, Padak and Jack Daniels. all dishes are well-done boneless chicken thighs with a crispy breading. the different flavors will satisfy your palates with different heat intensities and sweetness. my personal favorite is the Padak chicken which has to be eaten with spring onions. a little bite with chili for that satisfying kick.
Clockwise from Top left: Spicy Yang-Nyam, Jack Daniels, Yang-Nyam and Padak
other than these yummy chicken dishes, you can also try other specialties like their Regular and Cheese Ramen, the Curry Fries (another ) and their salad. all perfectly complement the taste of their chickens and you will not get used to the taste.

soon, Holdak Chicken will be available thru delivery in a 5-kilometer radius from its position. you can call 354-2195 for a minimum order of Php 250. you can also take home a box of 6 (single-flavor) or 12 (2 flavors) for a very reasonable but affordable price.
Ramon and Spicy Yang-Nyam
for more information about Holdak Chicken, visit their Facebook page at or follow them on Instagram @HoldakPh


  1. Ok food pero di ok service. Hindi margining sumagot cashier at bastos lalo yung maritime na cashier. Di rin marunong mag sorry. Na papa change order kami that's additional order so addl earning at Hindi daw yun pwede sa inyo. Weird.

    1. hmm so ganon pala pag regular service? baka siguro nainvite lang ako sa event kaya medyo ok ang service. hmmm..

  2. Ok food pero di ok service. Hindi margining sumagot cashier at bastos lalo yung maritime na cashier. Di rin marunong mag sorry. Na papa change order kami that's additional order so addl earning at Hindi daw yun pwede sa inyo. Weird.

  3. Sa experience ko, ok naman yun food at service nila. I liked the Yangnyam Chicken with the side salad! I'm a happy customer! :)


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