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Uncle Padak
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Best Korean fried chicken in Hong Kong

The KFC of the east

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Enjoyed by both children and adults across the globe, fried chicken’s status as a timeless staple is nothing short of indisputable. But with so many different styles out there, we would be remiss not to highlight the unique flavours of Korean fried chicken. Characterised by its less greasy, double-fried crust and succulent chicken, served alongside a variety of distinctive sauces, its popularity amongst local foodies is certainly not a surprise. To save you the trouble of research, we’ve put together a list of some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants serving this tasty treat. Get ready to order! By Adrian Ho

RECOMMENDED: Enjoy your chicken with a brewski from the best local breweries in Hong Kong.

Best Korean fried chicken in Hong Kong

Dodam Chicken
Dodam Chicken
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Dodam Chicken

Restaurants Korean Causeway Bay

Located in Causeway Bay, this Korean fried chicken specialist has been serving up delicious, crunchy poultry since 2017. Their signature chicken notoriously packs a punch in the flavour department, and this is in no small part thanks to the 27 different herbs and spices used during the marination process. Combine this with their wide variety of authentic Korean sauces and voila – you’ve got yourself an unforgettable dining experience. Additionally, Dodam also has offerings for those looking for lighter bites such as the baked Hwaggudak Chicken. Make sure to share your meal with a friend though; their portions are famously generous.

Emperor Chicken
Emperor Chicken
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Emperor Chicken

Restaurants Korean Sham Shui Po

Emperor Chicken is the places to go if you’re looking for a criminally good deal for scrumptious Korean fried chicken. Run by a Korean couple, the Sham Shui Po eatery has a variety of different fried chicken flavours – all of which taste equally as good. In terms of specialities though, Emperor Chicken is definitely a grandmaster in the arts of spice, so for those who can take a bit of heat, definitely try the spicy Korean chicken or the sweet and spicy chicken. Don’t worry, non-spicy options are also available.

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Oppa Chicken
Oppa Chicken
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Oppa Chicken

Restaurants Korean Shek Tong Tsui

Now located at Sai Ying Pun’s Water Street, Oppa Chicken is a Hong Kong-based restaurant managed by actual Koreans. Their authentic menu boasts a wide variety of tasty dishes, but the highlight is no doubt their Korean-style egg rolls and crispy fried chicken. These two house specials are popular even amongst Korean tourists, and for good reason. After all, who in the right mind could possibly say no to fluffy, cheesy egg rolls and luscious honey and soy sauce fried chicken?

Red Chicken
Red Chicken
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Red Chicken

Restaurants Korean Tsim Sha Tsui

Staying true to their name, Red Chicken serves some of the best red-hot fried chicken in town. Throwing the stereotype of dry spicy chicken out the window, the local establishment always manages to fry up irresistibly juicy chicken and is rightfully adored by foodies from around town. Additionally, Red Chicken also caters to those with milder palates, who will be pleased to try their line of innovative chicken recipes and pizzas. But whatever you end up ordering, make sure you pair it with a cold beverage – we promise there is no better combo.

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Uncle Padak
Uncle Padak
Photograph: Courtesy Uncle Padak

Uncle Padak

Restaurants Sai Ying Pun

Uncle Padak’s humble little shop in Sai Ying Pun might not be the first place you look to, but we can assure you that their succulent chicken is well worth a try. Thanks to Uncle Padak’s famously non-greasy recipe, patrons seem to never get enough dishes like the Padak Soy Wings, and Sweet and Spicy Chicken. We can go on all day about how great this place it, but the daily queues outside the restaurant should be enough of a statement. Thankfully though, Uncle Padak’s fried-to-order chicken is available for both takeaway and delivery, so nothing can get between you and your crispy, delicious chicken.

Yadllie Plate
Yadllie Plate
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Yadllie Plate

Restaurants Korean Mong Kok

When it comes to Korean fried chicken, it really doesn’t get more authentic than Yadllie Plate. The restaurant sources all of its chicken directly from Korea and pairs their tasty creations with a savoury Jeju vegetable sauce made from 20 different organic ingredients. Put in an order for their onion fried chicken or Seoul soy sauce chicken, and finish your meal with the restaurant's scrumptious desserts and drinks. Now, that's what we call a slap-up meal.

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ChumChumMi
ChumChumMi
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ChumChumMi

Restaurants Tsim Sha Tsui

They say that those who are seeking good food must prepare to look high and low – this is probably the case for ChumChumMi. If you can find their entrance, that is. Tucked away in a small, unassuming shopping centre in TST, ChumChumMi is a Korean restaurant and bar that serves all kinds of Korean classics. Their honey fried chicken easily steals the show with its mouth-watering crunch and unique blend of sweet and savoury flavours. The eatery also serves a delectable, rich soup with their hotpots, so be sure to add it to your order!

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