Happy National Fried Chicken Day! 10 “Must Try” Fried Chickens!

Happy National Fried Chicken Day!

Yes, there is a National Fried Chicken Day and this is the first time I’m “celebrating” it. It’s something I should probably leave to Paula Deen, but I don’t think she’s celebrating much these days.

Fried chicken isn’t just fried chicken. Although we associate it as a Southern comfort food from the States, many cultures have their own version of this deep fried “delicacy”. There is the traditional American deep fried chicken, chicken fried steak, Japanese karaage, Korean Fried Chicken “KFC”, Taiwanese fried chicken knees, Chinese Crispy Chicken, sweet and sour chicken and the list goes on and on.

I’m not obsessed with finding “the best fried chicken”, but it’s nostalgic even though I didn’t grow up with it. Comfort food will always have its place in my heart and it might just slow it down as well. On that note, here are 10 of my favourite fried chickens I’ve had since starting Follow Me Foodie.

Follow Me Foodie to 10 “Must Try” Fried Chickens!

New Orleans NOLA (363)“America’s Best Fried Chicken” from Willy Mae’s Scotch House in New Orleans

Phnom Penh (15)Chicken Wings at Phnom Penh in Vancouver

Bon Chon Chicken (9)BonChon Korean Fried Chicken in New York

Mogu Japanese Street Eats Food Truck (4)Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage at Mogu Japanese Street Eats in Vancouver

Peels New York (1)Fried Chicken at Peel’s in New York

Yolk's Breakfast (8)Fried Chicken & Waffles at Yolk’s Breakfast in Vancouver

Pearl Castle 001 (March 22) (3)Fried Chicken Nuggets at Pearl Castle in Vancouver

Wildebeest (10)Smoked and Fried Wings with Salted Caramel Sauce at Wildebeest in Vancouver

Local 360 Seattle (14)Fried Chicken Roulade with Bacon Mousse at Local 360 in Seattle

Top Gun J& C Fried Chicken WingsChicken Wings Stuffed with Sticky Rice at Top Gun J&C in Richmond, BC


  • LotusRapper says:

    OMG, my ATF post ……. for this week 😉

    Will definitely bookmark this one.

    IMHO, other worthy notes:

    – the chicken karaage at Gyoza King
    – deep fried chicken at Chewie’s Steam & Oyster Bar

    – chicken wings @ Pok Pok (Portland)

    I’ll dig up a few more from my memory.

  • Mijune says:

    LR – DARN!!!! I haven’t tried the ones you listed as to why I didn’t list them! Thanks for adding LR!

  • LotusRapper says:

    Hi Mijune – I thought you’ve been to Pok Pok in PDX, I thought I read somewhere you compared their wings to another restaurant’s. Maybe my mistake 🙂

    I’ve not been to Chewie’s …. that is 2nd-hand info from friends of mine who know I like FC 🙂

  • Mijune says:

    @LR – The pok pok recipe is online, so I remade them 🙂 I know that doesn’t REALLY count, but they’re chicken wings… and the recipe was super easy to follow and do and then we had another friend who is VERY familiar with Pok Pok wings compare to see if we nailed it and she said it was the same.

  • LotusRapper says:

    Ok thanks for that clarification 😀

  • Alice says:

    Hi Mijune–I think the fried chicken nuggets at Sunway Restaurant is better then the ones in pearl castle

  • Mijune says:

    @Alice – thank you, Alice! This “top 10” is only based on what I’ve tried and I haven’t tried Sunway yet, so thanks for the tip! I will boot my belly there!!

  • Neil says:

    -Large fried chicken or Taiwanese-style nugget at Hot-Star in Hong Kong or Taipei
    -Chicken wings at Wo Fung Noodle Express in Richmond (and previously owned restaurant in Aberdeen Centre – Wu Fung Dessert). Both locations taste similar but Noodle Express has plumpier and juicier wings

  • Mijune says:

    @Neil – sweet. Thanks for contributing. I WAS going to add chicken wings at Wu Fung, but people keep saying they aren’t as good anymore at the Aberdeen location. I didn’t know they opened Wo Fung Noodle Express.. I’ll have to look it up.

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