Original Savory Chicken Apparently Serves a Savory Turkey and It’s Pretty GoodJuly 16, 2019
I grew up celebrating Thanksgiving being a third culture kid: raised in Manila but part of a Filipino-American home. The fourth Thursday, or the weekend of the fourth Thursday in November, was one of the few times the whole family would come together for those picture-perfect Thanksgiving dinners. When we had a bigger kitchen with an oven, we’d roast a Butterball turkey the way my Mom’s Irish Grandmother from New York did, and have slices of it drowned by the special family gravy recipe. As this was such a big family tradition, I learned to have low expectations for local turkey roasts —they just don’t do it right. It was always dry, it was always bland. No wonder a number of Filipinos I spoke to couldn’t really take to turkey.
If I didn’t know it was turkey I’d think it was an extra huge Original Savory chicken. While American turkey is really best experienced in harmony with mashed potatoes and stuffing, Savory’s turkey comes off as a kind of sosy pulutan.
Upon giving the Original Savory turkey a taste, I realized they accomplished the equivalent of a Filipino Thanksgiving Turkey. It’s on the salty side, with that distinct Original Savory taste—if I didn’t know it was turkey I’d think it was an extra huge Savory chicken. I think Savory took general Pinoy comments on turkey being bland under consideration when they worked on basting the bird. While American turkey is really best experienced in harmony with mashed potatoes and stuffing, Savory’s turkey comes off as a kind of sosy pulutan. I could imagine this turkey being served for any occasion. You can have it on its own, or with fiesta sides of huge cups of rice and bihon noodles. If you want to feel dangerously indulgent, have it with lots and lots of the Original Savory gravy.
The one criticism I have is not necessarily the turkey, but the Original Savory turkey stuffing. I was never a fan of stuffing and jellied cranberries, which I always thought overwhelmed the turkey, and this one was a weird, gloopy, sweet mix of both. I had one serving and that was more than enough; I didn’t bother to go back for seconds.
Also, as someone who’s a veteran in eating turkey leftovers for almost two weeks after Thanksgiving, this keeps well. We were still picking on it even after its delivery, and it magically kept its flavor three days after with fridge storage.
If you want to change up your usual party menu, or broaden your guests’ party food experience, call up am Original Savory branch near you and order a turkey. A small turkey costs P3500 for a small-sized turkey, P4250 for a medium turkey, and P4750 for a large turkey. Selected Original Savory Branches take pre-orders, or you can call or text 0917 867 9622.