With the arrival of peak Hong Kong summertime comes ice-cold beers and chilled cocktails — and what better to pair it with than some finger-licking great fried chicken?
From trendy Korean fried chicken to classic Southern-style comforts, Japanese fried karaage bites to fried chicken served with rice or noodle soup, or even fast-food imports from abroad, Hong Kong’s extensive crispy fried poultry offerings are sure to satisfy even the most picky of self-proclaimed fried chicken connoisseurs. See our roundup of the best fried chicken in Hong Kong below.
The Chicken Bar
Dishing up mouthwatering chicken sandwiches that have gained a massive following online, The Chicken Bar offers Southern-style fried chicken with a twist: the bird is first marinated in whey and Japanese rice koji before it is air dried and then finally deep-fried to crispy, golden perfection. The resulting meat is flavourful and juicy, and best enjoyed sandwiched between a Hawaiian bun with dashi mayo, cabbage and barbecue sauce in the signature Okonomiyaki Bun.
The Chicken Bar, Unit 3, G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2569 9883
Dodam Chicken is known for their extensive and varied menu, dishing up a range of Korean fried chicken options, with intriguing special flavours including the on-trend Salted Egg Yolk and Honey Lemon renditions. The chicken meat is succulent and tasty, and is fried twice in their wet and dried powder seasonings to ensure a perfectly crunchy, crispy exterior.
Dodam Chicken, Shop 18A, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong +852 2333 8365
As Hong Kong’s reigning poultry king by way of yakitori skewers (its chicken meatball skewers, served with an addictive egg yolk and tare sauce, is one of its most talked-about dishes), Yardbird is also an unmissable fried chicken experience. Sink your teeth into succulent and crispy fried chicken — chopped into two-bite, skin-on pieces — served with garlic Kewpie and lemon. Meanwhile, the fried ‘chicken’ cauliflower is a wonderful and moreish vegetarian option that packs a similar crispy punch.
Yardbird, 154-158 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2547 9273
Headed by esteemed chef Nathan Green, Henry at Rosewood Hong Kong combines classic Southern comforts with the opulent ambience as is expected from the hotel. We recommend starting off at the dedicated cocktail bar with one of the signature cocktails (Peach Boulevardier, anyone?) before indulging in the buttermilk-marinated fried chicken, served with the conventional pairing of homemade biscuits and gravy.
Henry, 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8732
Popeye’s Louisiana fried chicken was a fixture for a pre-boarding snack for many back when it was only located at the airport, but now you can get your taste of the American fast-food chain at the basement of Mong Kok’s T.O.P. mall. Apart from their Louisiana tenders — a generous serving of light and crispy chicken fingers — the original buttermilk fried chicken is loved for its warming kick. For the complete experience, you’ll want to order the addictive honey biscuits.
Popeye’s, Shop B01, B/F, T.O.P, 700 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2462 6665
Yue Min Fong
Tucked on a quiet street in To Kwa Wan, no-frills neighbourhood joint Yue Min Fong is known for their bite-sized fried chicken. These deboned morsels are served piping hot and juicy, with fermented bean curd (fu yu) infused in the batter for an extra boost of umami. Try them over a bowl of rice noodle soup, which not only rounds out a quick and easy lunch, the light broth and carbohydrate helps temper out the oily crispiness of the fried chicken for a more balanced mouthfeel.
Yue Min Fong (譽麵坊), 6 San Shan Road, To Kwa Wan, +852 2760 1872
If you’re craving fried chicken with a bit more of a kick, Fini’s hot wings are a must. These buffalo wings boast a roasted red pepper vinegar coating, and are served with a pungent gorgonzola cheese sauce that balances and rounds out the bold flavours. Opt for the all-you-can-eat format between 5–7pm daily, and enjoy a free flow of wings, fries and beer – all for under HK$200.
Fini’s, G/F, No.49 Elgin Street, Central, +852 2387 6338
Filipino fast-food favourite Jollibee has been dishing up quick and affordable fried chicken all over the world since 1978, and there are now countless branches across Hong Kong from Central to Mong Kok. Haven’t tried it yet? The meat itself is impressively moist and succulent, while the skin offers a thick, satisfying crunch that is tasty but not overly seasoned — perfect to dunk in the accompanying gravy and eaten with rice. Aside from their signature ChickenJoy and chicken burger, their gooey peach mango pie is a hidden treasure, and a must-try to wrap up your meal.
Jollibee, G/F, Fortune House, 61 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2337 5995
Uncle Padak is a Korean fried chicken chain straight from Seoul, serving up platefuls of sweet and spicy chicken in all of its deep-fried glory. If spicy wings aren’t your thing, there’s also the original soy version. The chicken has been brined the day prior to cooking for a flavourful and satisfyingly juicy flesh, all beneath a light and crispy exterior, thanks to a double-frying technique. The meal combinations available are highly customisable, and you are able to pick specific parts or an entire chicken depending on what suits your fancy.
Uncle Padak, 59 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2117 9792
Wingman dishes up a plethora of different flavours of wings to satisfy all of your fried chicken fantasies. Try their ‘Singapore Zing’ wings inspired by Singapore chilli crab, or go for the ‘Classic Buffalo’ for a more traditional variety. If you’re looking to amp up the experience, dive into their extensive selection of dips for an extra kick of flavour, whether it be a burst of spice with sambal or Hoisin honey glaze.
Wingman, 6/F, Cheung Hing Commercial Building, 37-43 Cochrane Street, Central, +852 3426 2418
Wing’s Catering is a local favourite, where you can enjoy your cut of fried (or grilled) chicken over a steaming bed of rice and scrambled eggs. The chicken meat is soft and succulent, with slightly thinner skin that is still lightly crispy. Make sure to mix in the accompanying ginger and scallion garnish for an added dimension of flavour, and to wash it all down with a refreshing glass of iced milk tea.
Wing’s Catering, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2139 3598