There's pretty much a fried chicken in every cuisine, from karage to southern-fried, ayam goreng tulang lunak and more, so here are three great examples to try. BYO defibrillator.
61 Todman Ave,
Kensington NSW 2033
$8 will buy you a plate of Oscar golden, juicy chicken, with a crunch any sound stage foley artist would be proud of. And yes, the bones are so soft you can eat them - courtesy of overnight pressure-cooking that happens before the poor sods are deep fried the following day. When it comes to fried chicken, there's no doubt the maryland is best (fat = flavour), that that's just what you'll get at ATL. Choose from original recipe, salted egg batter, or turn up the heat with chilli sauce for extra bite.
17 Randle Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
We hear District Dining's co-owner and head chef Warren Turnbull is not adverse to indulging in a bit of junk food from time to time. A contrast from his fine diner Assiette, the bistro serves up shared dishes including a wooden breadboard of crisp fried chicken pieces served with coleslaw and lime aioli, $24. More heavily breaded than ATL, DD's chicken is more Southern USA style in flavour, but the fundamentals remain: golden crunch outside, tender inside.
1 Dixon Street
(02) 9264 1588
'K' may normally stand for 'Kim Chi', but at this Korean joint in Dixon Street, it stands for 'Korean Fried Chicken'. Arrive early to nab a spot in the courtyard and order a beer while you wait for your basket of golden-fried bite-sized pieces of chicken joy to arrive. Choose between original deep fried or the spicy version (resplendant in sticky glaze), either way, the batter is crisp, the meat is tender and really, the only downside is having to wait until it's cool enough to consume. $30.
- Duke Bistro (L1, 63 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst) - served with coleslaw milk and hot sauce spray, $10
- The Eathouse (306 Chalmers Street, Redfern) - ok, so it's Jamaican jerk-style, but it's still lip-sticking, aromatic and moreish..all valid criteria when it comes to this kind of food.