With the recent surge in demand for old-school comfort food, fried chicken has made a huge comeback. Flying in the face of gluten-free, meatless Monday, vegan and the like, here are six ways to get your fried chicken fix:
Spicy Crispy Chicken from L.A. Chicken (PHOTO: TARA LEE)
1. Spicy Crispy Chicken – L.A. Chicken
Many people claim that this nondescript takeout joint serves the ultimate fried chicken in town, but we leave it up to you to decide. Choose the crispy version over the original for the perfect batter-to-juicy-meat ratio, and for some mild spicing heat. Lunch combos (two pieces $8.00) come with gravy, a soft drink and a choice between fries, a salad (e.g. coleslaw), or rice.
Location: 160-11780 Thorpe Rd.
Crowd Pleaser Wings from Wu Fung Dessert (PHOTO: TARA LEE)
2. Crowd Pleaser Wings – Wu Fung Dessert
The constant lineup at this curiously misnamed stand in the Aberdeen Centre food court attests to the popularity of its Hong Kong-style fried chicken (three pieces for $5.25). Coated in flour and cornstarch, these garlicky wings arrive piping hot from the deep fryer (try not to burn fingers or tongues when gobbling them up).
Location: 3220-4151 Hazelbridge Way
Fried Broasted Chicken from Red Rooster (PHOTO: TARA LEE)
3. Fried Broasted Chicken – Red Rooster
Red Rooster marinates its halal chicken (two pieces for $4.50) for a whopping twelve hours, before dredging it in an aromatic mixture of flour, cumin, cinnamon, chili powder, coriander seeds and black cardamom. It’s then “broasted,” a term referring to a special culinary process that combines pressure cooking with deep frying for meat that’s moretender and less fatty with a crunchy outer layer.
Location: 4119 Number Five Rd.
Taiwanese Chicken Nuggets from Strike (PHOTO: TARA LEE)
4. Taiwanese Chicken Nuggets – Strike
Warning: once you chow down on one of these nuggets (small $6.50/large $11.50), it’s impossible to stop. A coating of sweet potato starch gives these quintessential Taiwanese street snacks their unique crispness, while fried basil lends a fragrant, peppery note to the dish.
Location: 120-4751 Garden City Rd.
Stuffed Chicken Wings from Thai House (PHOTO: THAI HOUSE)
5. Stuffed Chicken Wings – Thai House
For an amped up chicken wing ($9), visit the Thai House for its boneless creation, stuffed with ground chicken, glass noodles, black fungus, carrot, cabbage and onion. The wings are then battered, deep fried until golden and served with a sweet chili sauce for dipping.
Location: 129-4940 No 3 Rd.
Southwest Chicken Salad from Two Chefs Bistro (PHOTO: TARA LEE)
6. Southwest Chicken Salad – Two Chefs Bistro
House specialty buttermilk fried chicken fingers are plated atop a salad of mixed greens, black beans, tomato, red onion, grated cheddar cheese, and honey-lime vinaigrette ($12). Go for the chicken fingers on their own, with chipotle mayo, if you feel like ditching the knife and fork. After all, doesn’t fried chicken taste better eaten with your hands?
Location: 7-3331 Viking Way