The Ultimate Guide To Asian Fried Chicken In Toronto

Red Chilli Wings |© Caroline Aksich
Red Chilli Wings |© Caroline Aksich
Photo of Kevin Siu
25 October 2016

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.


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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

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.

Korean Fried Chicken | © insatiablemunch / Flickr


Mo’Ramyun may specialize in noodles, but don’t let that throw you off your chicken game. This Baldwin Street spot batters its fried chicken with ramen noodles, creating extra crunch with each bite. The Ramyun Fried Chicken Wings are totally worth a try to experience savoury and crispy noodle-infused fried chicken. Alternatively, you can order your chicken as a side along one of the signature ramyun dishes. However, going all out on the one pound wings is never a bad idea; it’s all about the chicken, after all.

Mo’Ramyun, 1 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 647 345 5765

Ramyun Wings | Courtesy of Mo'Ramyun

Ramyun Wings | Courtesy of Mo’Ramyun

Kanpai Snack Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Snack Bar, Canadian, Snacks, Taiwanese, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Asian, $$$
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Taiwanese Chicken
Taiwanese Chicken | Courtesy of Kanpai Snack Bar
Kanpai Snack Bar is a tapas-style restaurant, with many unique Taiwanese appetizers. Taking inspiration from traditional pan-Asian cuisine, Kanpai serves carefully crafted flavours in a chic modern dining room. Among menu items fit for every taste bud, this snack bar offers Taiwanese-style fried chicken. Battered, with gluten free ingredients and fried with Taiwanese herbs, these pieces of fried chicken are drool-worthy. After frying, the chicken pieces are infused with a secret wok-fired spice and finished with cilantro, scallions, and bird’s-eye chillis and served with a side of dipping sauce and lemon wedges.

Lucky Red

Restaurant, Asian, Canadian, Fast Food, $$$
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From the successors of Banh Mi Boys comes Lucky Red, a fusion restaurant specializing in Asian snacks and unique spins on the traditional Asian bao (steamed bun). Lucky Red welcomes social gatherings with shareable dishes such as ‘Nacho Koreano’ (made with pork dumplings and kimchi) and stir fried rice cake made with oyster mushroom, water chestnut, and cabbage. The chicken is fried and battered with a sweet undertone and is a pleasant surprise compared to the traditional savoury fried chicken.


Restaurant, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Canadian, $$$
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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

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.

Kinka Izakaya, 398 Church St, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 416 977 0999

Karaage | © Raelene Gutlerrez / Flickr

Karaage | © Raelene Gutlerrez / Flickr

Snack Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Snack Bar, Spanish, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, Canadian, $$$
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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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