Copycat Aristocrat South China Chicken is a copycat recipe from Aristocrat where chicken is served in a sweet savoury Asian style gravy with ham, quail eggs and Asian greens.
I had tried this dish many years ago in their Roxas Boulevard Branch so I am not sure how accurate my copycat recipe is, so please bear with me. I am also not sure if it’s still on their menu, but it looks like it’s still available based on their website, so for those who had tried it recently, hopefully you try the recipe below as well and let me know how it compares. For me this is purely based on my recollection, it’s as close as I want it to be, juicy chicken with hints of Asian spices from the sauce.
So what exactly is this dish? Basically it is a fried or roasted whole chicken (I can’t remember what it may be, so I fried), chopped in to pieces then lightly cooked again in an sweet savoury sauce with hints of Asian spices together with ham (probably Champagne Ham or Christmas Ham), deep fried quail eggs and Asian greens. It was meant to be served on special occasions hence they usually show up during Chinese New Year in the Philippines, I think I also tried it on a Chinese New Year but regardless, during my childhood times going to Aristocrat means there is a special occasion, especially when it is on their Roxas Boulevard branch.
Where I lived before, in Project 8 there was once an Aristocrat in the corner of Muñoz, I still remember many countless birthdays I had celebrated in that place with my family. My go to order like most of the Filipinos was their popular Chicken Barbecue. While that is good, in fact one of the best chicken dishes you will try in your life, I would love to showcase this underrated dish, specially to those who haven’t tried it at the same time don’t have any Aristocrat in where they live.