When we meet Taiwanese comedian (and fried chicken chain boss) Nono, he looks dapper in a well-cut checkered blazer. Naturally, someone compliments him. “Thanks, I got this jacket free from buying fried chicken. 1000 pieces,” he deadpans.

It’s almost impossible not to laugh out loud in Nono’s presence — the quick-witted variety show veteran, 48, delivers hilarious bon mots with the poker face of someone who’s talking about PSI 400 haze.

“Don’t you already feel like laughing when you see my face?” he asks us rhetorically. Maybe that’s why his five-year-old F&B sideline — a Taiwanese-style fried chicken cutlet chain called Monga that’s fronted by a cartoonised Nono — is a success. On top of its 45 outlets worldwide in countries like Canada and Malaysia, it opened its first franchised Singapore outlet today (September 28) at the basement of Jem mall in Jurong.

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