Forget about Popeye’s and KFC—this is where the best fried chicken in Hong Kong is at. Chick out our top picks!
Photo courtesy of Little Birdy
This popular Australian-style eatery is small and snug, with only a handful of seats available for diners, but they sure are big on their flavours. Their attention is focused exclusively on hormone-free chicken in all its delicious forms (and the occasional healthy greens and superfoods), from fried to grilled and pulled rotisserie-style. We particularly like to shop for our meal in the “naughty corner” of the menu, where there are treats like the Heisenberg ($80), a crispy chicken burger topped with cheddar, pickles, and garlic aioli. Their fries, too, are hands-down some of the best we’ve come across in Hong Kong. Also, Little Birdy is one of the only places in Hong Kong that serves chicken and waffles! Y’all ain’t ready for this.
Little Birdy, G/F, 15–17 New Street, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2320 2218
Photo courtesy of Wingman
This newcomer to the chicken scene got its start as a month-long pop-up at PMQ Taste Kitchen while the owners were experimenting with their concept, but that’s ancient history. Now armed with a brick-and-mortar shop, these wing-lovin’ dudes are here to spread the joy of fried chicken. We’re big fans of the signature Hoisin Honey-Glazed flavour, as well as the sweet and sour Thai Sweet Chilli with Dried Garlic option. Heat enthusiasts will dig the Carolina Reaper style. Wings are available in sets ranging from 6–24 pieces. Wingman is now open for lunch, dinner, and they also do a free-flow wings brunch on the weekends for $350!
Wingman, 6/F, Cheung Hing Commercial Building, 37 Cochrane Street, Central, (+852) 3426 2418
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Photo courtesy of Uncle Padak
Uncle Padak in Sai Ying Pun has gained an almost cult-like following amongst devoted Korean fried chicken fans, and for good reason. A serving of the best-selling Padak Chicken ($138) is perfect for two or three diners, though whether you would want to share these dangerously addictive, boneless chicken pieces is another question in itself. Served with rice cakes, fried dumplings, and topped with green onion and a homemade sauce of your choice, this golden fried chicken is one of the best we have ever tried. Swill it down with a few bowls of Makgeolli ($88) and you’re in K(orean)FC heaven.
Uncle Padak, Shop D, G/F, 53–65 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, (+852) 2117 9792
Photo courtesy of Dodam Chicken
Another contender on the market for superb KFC is Dodam Chicken, whose chicken is famous for its consistently crispy skin, succulent meat, and intoxicating aroma. Armed with a variety of flavours and styles—from Sweet Soy Sauce Chicken ($192) and Original Fried Chicken ($182) to the more on-trend Salted Egg Yolk Chicken ($198)—Korean export Dodam is fully prepared to cater to a myriad of different tastes. And if you are dining with health-conscious friends, know that baked and roasted chicken are also on the menu—though you’ll definitely get more divine enjoyment out of the fried options.
Dodam Chicken, 18A, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2333 8365
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What used to be Linguini Fini and Stone Nullah Tavern has now merged into a singular entity called Fini’s, but rest assured that they’ve kept all of the good stuff from their respective menus—the good stuff being, of course, Fini’s Hot Wings ($95). This take on buffalo wings is perfectly juicy with the right amount of mouth-tingling heat, served with roasted carrots and a sharp Gorgonzola sauce.
Fini’s, locations vary.
Photo courtesy of Jollibee Hong Kong
No fried chicken list would be complete with a Jollibee mention. The Philippines’ most iconic export continues its Hong Kong expansion, now with seven locations across the island and Kowloon—and boy, their shops are hard to miss, luring you in with a tantalising fragrance of fried chicken. A regular order of the famous Chickenjoy ($40)—which includes both a drumstick and a thigh, a side of fries, and a drink—is served piping hot, with a crunchy, crisp exterior and wonderfully tender meat. Best of all, you don’t walk away with an oily aftertaste.
Jollibee, locations vary.
Photo courtesy of @jkjuntaro
Chicken Hof & Soju
We think Chicken Hof & Soju is one of Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets. This mom-and-pop shop in TST’s Little Korea does one of the most authentic versions of Korean fried chicken in town. Also referred to amongst in-the-know foodies as “Lee Family Chicken”, step inside this no-frills, K-pop-blasting hole-in-the-wall for a taste of genuine chimeak (which is, simply put, a winning combo of chicken and beer). Be prepared to queue to get your hands on double-fried chicken doused in Sweet & Spicy ($160) sauce, or Honey and Garlic ($180) seasoning, or simply good ol’ Salt & Pepper ($150). Chasing each bite of chicken with Korean lager is a must.
Chicken Hof & Soju, G/F, Kam Kok Mansion, 84 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2375 8080
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