Korean Fried Chicken Clash

Korean Fried Chicken Clash

We pitted four of Hong Kong’s best-known Korean Fried Chickens against each other to find out who rules the roost.

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Foodie  Foodie  on 23 Jan '15


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Pictured above: From top left clockwise: Lee Family Chicken, Sanche, Red Chicken, Fairyland
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Lee Family Chicken

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Kam Kok Mansion, 84 Kimberley Road, TST, 2375 8080

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The price: $150

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This one comes boxed up with shredded cabbage, for a mindful veggie addition, as well as pickled radish and a thick sweet chilli sauce. Lee’s Family is famed for its KFC and this family-run business is the blogger-preferred outlet for a crispy chicken fix. It took only ten minutes to prepare and proffered good-sized finger pieces of wings and drumsticks with a gold-coloured exterior and an unusually light batter. The first bite gave way to a powerful, spice-infused mouthful of moist, tender chicken with a thin, crispy crunch. The flavour permeates right through the meat and requires no sauce, but an occasional dip in the sweet chilli provides another nice taste avenue.

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Verdict: By far the top of the pecking order. Now we know what all the fuss is about.

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Foodie rating: 5 stars

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Sanche

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Shop C, 28, 30&32 Gage Street, Central, 2628 3248

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The price: $128

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This is a more modern version of the classic and was served in a tub, in boneless nugget form, with no radish, but we did get a plummy dipping sauce that turned out to be all of our tasters’ favourite dip. This one took a zippy ten minutes to prepare and has the added bonus of being on Hong Kong side. You get a bit less but the price is less too, so this one is actually good value. Quite like popcorn chicken, each one-bite piece gave a nice crunch and an overall peppery spice with a rich consistency. We found Sanche’s offering easy-to-eat, not too oily, not as spicy as Lee Family, but still with a good level of intense flavour.

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Verdict: Zingy, convenient and definitely delicious. Seoul food at its best.

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Foodie rating: 4 stars

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Red Chicken

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Shop B, Pacific Building, 65–67b Kimberley Road, TST, 2722 7274

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The price: $168

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Packaged up in a smart box with thoughtful moist towelettes and a dish of pickled white radish. Sprinkled with herbs, this one looked very appealing with big pieces ranging from wings to drumsticks, but no sauce. This one took 25 minutes to prepare; made from scratch in front of our eyes as we clockwatched and awaited a taste of the drool-inducing smells wafting from the shop. With such a long prep time, our expectations were reasonably high and the golden, herb-sprinkled sight of it only added to the anticipation. We were sorely disappointed. The oily skin fell off on first bite, separating from the tasteless chicken. Both the white and dark meat lacked any flavour at all and the crust managed to be both dry and oily simultaneously. Of all the ones that needed a sauce most, this did, but it was the only one that came without.

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Verdict: Not worth the calories.

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Foodie rating: 1 star

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Fairyland

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28 Austin Avenue, TST, 2556 0906

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The price: $160

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This box of chicken comes with a paper bag filled with homemade potato chips that are incredibly moreish, leaving a caramelised onion flavour on the tongue and making you dig right back into the bag. The fried chicken was prepared in 15 minutes and comes with pickled radish and three dipping sauces: a sweet chilli, a garlic soy and a spicy pepper sauce – all overly sweet so none of the sauces really floated our boats, but the garlic soy was the best of the bunch. The chicken was tender and okay but the batter was quite soggy and oily, despite its crispy outward appearance, and made it feel that much more unhealthy. It lacked that infused peppery spice flavour that we craved and the general consensus was “meh”.

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Verdict: We loved the crisps, but the chicken not so much.

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Foodie rating: 3 stars

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