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The best fried chicken in Hong Kong

It鈥檚 crunch time! Find the new hotspots among the old birds

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Time Out Hong Kong
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This town excels at posh versions of fast-food favourites. If like us you've already tasted the best pizzas, chowed down the best burgers and sampled the best sandwiches, so now it may well be time to see what's on offer in terms of fried chicken.

The magical contrast of textures synonymous with good fried chicken is due to the thick batter encasing the meat and protecting it from the scorching oil. Inside this delectable cocoon, the chicken actually steams in its own juices to tender perfection. Meanwhile, the hot oil draws moisture out of the batter, leaving a crispy, crunchy, golden crust. 

So whether you like your chicken boneless and smothered in hot sauce or straight-up to be gnawed off the bone, make sure you have a pack of tissues handy, because things are about to get messy. Many of these places also deliver, so if you want to keep the mess at home, it's easy to do so. By Sam Sinha and Sam Evans

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Hong Kong鈥檚 best fried chicken

  • Restaurants
  • Central

The Chicken Bar has been a hit since it opened its doors in the H Code complex, off Pottinger Street, and remains popular with Hong Kong's fried chicken fans for the birdie options it serves up. As well as a range of fried chicken sandwiches that come with dashi mayo for a subtle Japanese twist, there's also a selection of delicious fried chicken on the menu, from bite-sized chicken poppers to fried chicken and gravy.

  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Soho

This Hanoi-inspired bar and eatery bring the Vietnamese tradition of bia hoi (drinking beer with friends on a busy street corner) to Peel Street in the heart of Soho. The atmosphere here, especially come weekend, is buzzing, as patrons sit on roughly-fashioned seats – in true Hanoi style – on the establishment's patio, while the aroma of the delicious food being cooked up in the kitchen wafts out onto the street. The menu is full of traditional Vietnamese delights with a modern twist, but for chicken lovers, the VFC – Vietnamese Fried Chicken – Wings ($108) are a must. Crispy on the outside and oh-so-soft on the inside, the wings come drizzled in fish sauce for a Vietnamese twist. Added to this are garlic, a touch of chilli, and peanuts to make for an explosion of flavour.

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  • Korean
  • Causeway Bay

Lee Theatre Plaza spot Dodam Chicken completely satiates our craze for KFC - Korean Fried Chicken that is. Though you can choose the baked chicken option marinated with their Dodam specialty recipe, personally we just can’t resist their signature crunch fried chicken ($198), which is coated with their signature wet powder and dry powder seasoning and double-fried for maximum crunch. What’s more, you can choose the deboned option, so you don’t even need to get your hands dirty.

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  • Chicken
  • Mong Kok

Originally hailing from Taiwan, this famous fried chicken spot has become an Insta-sensation in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia, for serving up chicken portions that are 'bigger than your face'. Having said this, we think that the popcorn-style salt crisp chicken steals the show. Crunchy, juicy, peppery and worryingly moreish, it will cost you less than $40 for a paper bag's worth.

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  • Restaurants
  • Soho

Few can say no to chicken n' waffles, especially at Kinship. Soho's neighbourhood farm-to-table restaurant serves up a hearty chicken n' waffles for brunch. The chicken is heavenly for two reasons: 1) the breading uses a combination of potato starch, all-purpose flour, and corn starch – allowing for optimal crispiness, and 2) the secret sauce is the perfect combination of hot and sweet. The brunch set menu (HK$398) begins with four starter dishes to share with the table, then a choice of main for each person, followed by desserts for sharing.

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  • Wan Chai

Roundhouse: Chicken and Beer serves up a range of fried chicken dishes almost as extensive as its beer list. Opt for fried chicken nachos, boneless wings, legs, and thighs or chicken tenders – there’s plenty of golden goodness to choose from. Our favourite, though, is the crunchy chicken tenders. These pair perfectly with a hoppy IPA.

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  • Gastropubs
  • Tai Hang

This excellent craft brewpub in Tai Hang has some pedigree in the kitchen, too. The brainchild of Little Bao’s May Chow, the menu features excellent crispy fried chicken either as a burger ($159) or as a bar snack ($128). The latter consists of a basket of crispy pieces of local Three Yellow chicken alongside a roasted garlic dip which nicely cuts through the fat and complements the juicy meat. In summary: beer – good, chicken – goooood.

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  • Sai Ying Pun

The Uncle’s half-and-half chicken combo ($208) allows you to select two types of fried chicken from the range on offer. The boneless soy chicken and the ‘padak’, loaded with sweet and spicy ‘padak sauce’, are top-notch. Generously topped with spring onion, the skin is perfectly crisp and the meat juicy. Wash it all down with soju to the sound – and sight! – of K-pop music videos streaming on the flat-screen TV.

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  • Restaurants
  • Central

Chicken wing specialist Wingman is a safe bet when in the mood for fried chicken. The list of flavours for your fried chicken wings here is extensive and ranges from salted egg yolk to cajun, to Thai chilli sauce and crispy garlic, tandoori spice, and even espresso BBQ. For a reasonable $69 for six wings, you can get your fried chicken fix here without breaking the bank.

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  • Japanese
  • Sheung Wan

Yardbird is the king of chicken (pretty much every part of it) as well as fried things, so it’s no wonder the fried chicken ($165) here is one of Hong Kong’s best. Served with garlic and kewpie mayo and a slice of fresh lemon, the chicken just requires a squeeze of citrus and a quick dip in the sauce. 

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