You are likely to stumble into Moud’s Chicken Halal if you are one of those avidly scouring Quiapo for counterfeit DVDs of Jewel in the Palace and such. Even so, there are no signs announcing that you have arrived in Moud’s except that the line is long and there’s a big rotisserie grill roasting dozens of their golden-brown chicken.
Zee had told me about this place a few months before and hence made it a point to check what the rave was all about. This is after all not one of those places likely to be written about in the nouveau riche lifestyle sections of magazines and newspapers. This is Quiapo with its gangsters and stinky sidestreets. By all means do not go here if you find icky the thought of eating carinderia food in the center of all the murk.
The specialty of the house is the chicken, both the roasted and the fried versions. 1/4 size is P50 or barely $1, one whole chicken is P190. Overall, I didn’t find anything special with the chicken (I thought Andok’s was better) but it did taste great when dipped in the homemade tomato chili sauce. I paired my food with kabza which is Arabic rice mixed with certain spices and it was really goood. Considering that the whole meal cost me only P60, I’ve no right to complain, hahah.
Moud’s has other kitchen goodies at dirt-cheap prices. The halal burger and spaghetti cost only P20 each, beef samosa at P10, and a four-piece pack of roti bread was P15. Aside from this, they have noodles, spring rolls, hopia, salads and breads.
Never mind the ambiance, eating at Moud’s can be a very novel experience. It’s the perfect reward after all those hours of shopping in Quiapo’s underground DVD district.
Moud’s is at Globo de Oro St. Quiapo. Don’t hesitate to ask your friendly Moslem neighbors for directions.