The Ultimate Guide To Asian Fried Chicken In Toronto

Japanese chicken Karaage with deep fried marinated chicken
Japanese chicken Karaage with deep fried marinated chicken | © Andrei Kravtsov / Alamy Stock Photo
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25 October 2016
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For obvious reasons, one of them being ‘fried, the other being ‘chicken,’ fried chicken is a cherished dish across the globe. While every country has a slightly different approach, the end result is the same: crispy satisfaction. Whether it’s Korean, Taiwanese, or Japanese, there are ways to explore pan-Asian fried chicken in Toronto. While each variation starts with batter as a base, the seasonings, sauce, and toppings are what gives each a distinct flavour. Read on to discover how to satisfy your fried chicken craving in Toronto.

Hot-Star

Restaurant, Fast Food, $$$
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Large Original Chicken | © Hot Star Fried Chicken
A popular Taiwanese chicken joint, Hot-Star serves large pieces, making it an ideal spot if you’re especially hungry. Each order comes in a plastic bag, with the chicken in a paper sleeve. For approximately $10, you get one piece of fried chicken, but don’t dismay; that piece of chicken is as big as your face. The Original Large Fried Chicken comes with choices such as salt and pepper, spicy, or seaweed. Try the popcorn chicken and fried king oyster mushrooms to fully explore the Taiwanese flavours Hot-Star has to offer.

The Fry

Pub, Korean, Asian, $$$
Korean fried chicken is nothing short of glorious: deep fried twice, in order to maximize the crispiness while reducing the grease, meaning it deserves a spot in your fried chicken rotation. As a popular side-dish in Korean pubs, this fried chicken needs to be on the table for any drinking occasion. The Fry’s chicken is a must for any fan of fried goods. Try the soy garlic chicken for a savoury taste like no other, or the boneless chicken in spicy sauce. Combos are available and include a pitcher of beer, perfect for a good time around the table.

The Fry, 524 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 647 352 0999

Soos

Restaurant, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Canadian, $$$
Soos strives to reinvent Malaysian street food. Fusing traditional Malaysian flavour with the taste of Toronto, Soos’s eclectic dishes fit right in in the 6ix. With menu items such as Rendang Beef Poutine, made with rendang (spicy meat) gravy, lemongrass, curry leaves, and cheese curds from Québec, this Malaysian restaurant is a must try. In addition, the Red Chilli Wings are ace, with crispy shallots, fennel, peanuts, and sweet chilli create a taste you can’t find anywhere else.

Kinka Izakaya

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Kinka is a Japanese izakaya, which can be compared to a tavern for food and drink, serving Japanese cuisine, using the highest quality ingredients. For a savory bite, try the Karaage, which is a deep-fried dish, chicken marinated in soy sauce with garlic mayonnaise on the side. The experience of going to a Japanese izakaya is unique, beginning with an exciting greeting shouted from the friendly staff, to delicious Japanese cuisine, ending with an enthusiastic farewell.

Snack Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Snack Bar, Spanish, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, Canadian, $$$
416 is a hip snack bar that got its start as a blog-turned-bar and truly respects the art of crafting delicious snacks by hand. If you’d rather sample a variety of dishes rather than one large entree, this is your place. Social gatherings are welcome here, with plenty of shareable snacks to go around the table. The Korean fried chicken is smothered with gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) and topped with sesame seeds and green onions. Savoury, spicy, and sharp? Sold.

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