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Food Envy: Bessou's chicken karaage

We’ve been eating a lot of food at Time Out Market New York, and now we’re dishing on some of our favorite plates

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Welcome to Food Envy, where we’ll highlight different dishes from Time Out Market New York that we think you’re going to love—partly because we do. This week, the popular chicken karaage at Bessou steals our hearts (and stomachs).

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Folks like to say that the fried chicken here in New York can't hold a candle to food coming out of the south.

We're not going to try and get into that debate. But what we may be able to agree on is that the invention of fried chicken is one of America's best contributions to culinary history with a storied legacy of crispy goodness. 

But at Time Out Market New York you'll find one of the best fried chicken dishes in NYC hailing from Japan. And no, it isn't served with collard greens or gravy (not that we don't love those sides, too).

Japanese breakfast connoisseurs, Bessou offer one stunning fried chicken at their booth. It's a chicken karaage, the Japanese technique of frying meat, usually chicken, in wheat flour or a starch mix. It's dish that can easily be found in convenience marts like 7/11 throughout Japan. 

Bessou's version feels accessible yet decadent and is by far, in our opinion, one of the market's best. At their Bessou Time Out Market location, you'll find the dish offered with bright colored pickled daikon, cucumbers and edamame, drizzled with creamy mayo-y goodness. 

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