What the Cluck? 3 New Korean Fried Hen Shops to Check out on O‘ahu

Table of Contents Superior Chicken, Kaka‘akoSoul Chicken, KalihiChoong Man Chicken, Waipahu    In the past two weeks, a few new Korean fried rooster outlets opened. Of course, 3! I really do not know what the cluck is going on but I’m not mad about it. To be straightforward, it seemed […]


In the past two weeks, a few new Korean fried rooster outlets opened. Of course, 3! I really do not know what the cluck is going on but I’m not mad about it. To be straightforward, it seemed like the trend experienced died down following Remaining Wing opened in H Mart Kaka‘ako’s food corridor in June 2020, 10 months soon after Kickin Chick’n in Kapolei. Now Kaka‘ako, Kalihi and Waipahu all have new shops that are deserving of a prevent for your following potluck. 


SEE ALSO: Korean Fried Rooster Soars at Kickin Chick’n


Superior Chicken, Kaka‘ako

Photo: Thomas Obungen


Regardless of its stop indicator-purple paint, you’ll skip Superior Hen if you’re not searching for it. Found in the previous Ngon Vietnamese Cafe area guiding Asahi Grill, Superior Hen caught my notice as I was leaving the Patagonia keep 1 afternoon. It is an offshoot of Superior Kitchen area, a stall that served steak and pasta at Shirokiya’s now-shuttered Japan Village Walk. 


Very good Chicken’s menu lists 4 flavors of fried hen wings, selfmade pork and kim chee mandoo, a chicken salad, and katsu plate lunches. Exterior, an imo (Korean aunty) confirms whether or not you are parking in her stall for rooster or her jjimjilbang spa out back again. If this does not scream legit, then your sensors are off. 


pork mango Good Chicken Photo: Thomas Obungen

Photograph: Thomas Obungen


My pal and I get 10-piece 50 % orders of the garlic chile chicken ($14.95) and initial fried rooster ($13.95) with a facet of steamed pork mandoo ($12.95) for our pau hana picnic. The boxes are vented with large pukas to allow steam to escape, leaving the chicken’s double-fried crust crisp but however sizzling to the touch. The garlic chile sauce isn’t as spicy as you are led to imagine, but the sweet, delicate heat is welcome. The unsauced fried rooster is deliciously juicy and its seasoning is unusually reminiscent of McDonald’s Hen McNuggets (not exactly a terrible matter). The fist-sized steamed pork mandoo, nevertheless, seals the offer for me. The supple skins encompass a filling manufactured w​ith pork, tofu, chive and glass noodles, generating for an excellent delicate dumpling that goes very well with the crispy wings. 


Excellent Hen is much better than very good, it is great. 


Open up Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 941 Kawaiaha‘o St., (808) 744-7239


Soul Chicken, Kalihi

Exterior Soul Chicken Credit Thomas Obungen 3

Photo: Thomas Obungen


In distinction to the hidden Good Hen, Soul Rooster is straightforward to location from Dillingham Boulevard. Just glance for the giant posters promoting “chrispy” chicken above Club Cleopatra. I could not make this up if I attempted. 


The menu at Soul Chicken goes a little bit deeper, with wings and boneless tenders in six flavors masking the spectrum of initial fried to wasabi mayo and a spicy sauce named Hell’s Gate. Soul Hen also delivers fried rooster sandwiches, hen salad, chicken rice bowls and sides like french fries, gimmari fried seaweed rolls, tteokbokki rice cakes and mandoo. Although there are a couple of tables exterior, most orders are taken to-go. 


Honey Garlic Wings Soul Chicken Credit Thomas Obungen 1

Picture: Thomas Obungen


I position an purchase for honey garlic wings (6 items, $8.95) and a fried rooster sandwich ($6.50) due to the fact the photo is so attractive. Fifteen minutes afterwards, they’re all set at the window. Right after a cease for gas at Costco, the wings survive the 30 minutes it requires to get home in a vented box lined with parchment paper. The batter is the craggy variety we have arrive to love from areas like Vons: Each nook and cranny soaks up the garlicky sweet honey sauce and the rooster is juicy to the bone. The sandwich is as large as its image suggests with a big, tender rooster breast creating up the bulk of it. Regardless of the dry sesame buns and uninspired cabbage and mayo topping, it’s a decent fried rooster sandwich but I wish it obtained a dunk in the honey garlic sauce for further taste.


I’ll be back again to attempt the wasabi mayo. I’m even now on the fence about the terrifying Hell’s Gate spicy rooster, which will come with a disclaimer that warns of no refunds and “no legislation sue [sic].” 


Open up day by day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 1095 Dillingham Blvd., #F1, (808) 800-6599


SEE ALSO: Position Our Beloved Flavors at Vons Chicken 


Choong Man Chicken, Waipahu 

Curry Tenders Cm Chicken Credit Thomas Obungen 4

Picture: Thomas Obungen


Choong Gentleman (CM) Hen is a KFC chain that received traction in Virginia Waipahu’s retailer is the first franchised place in Hawai‘i. I built the trek from town off a reader idea on the Frolic Instagram. You are going to come across CM Chicken among delicious neighbors like Manny’s Bake Shop, Pūpūkea Grindz and Rainbow Drive-In, so it may well not be your only cause to check out. 


CM Chicken has a numerous giving that sets them much apart from most KFC joints. To start with, their tikkudak strategy of frying then baking in a charcoal oven leaves the chicken with a smoky complete. 2nd, they offer wings, drumsticks, tenders and total chickens, so you can really dial in the type of fried fowl areas you like. Third, sauce choices contain garlic soy, scorching chile, garlic spicy and golden curry, which intrigues me the most. CM is also famed its “snow onion” topping, a creamy mayo-based sauce underneath a mountain of finely sliced white onion ringlets. Sides incorporate fried hen gizzards, mozzarella cheese sticks, french fries and popcorn shrimp. 


Overcome by alternative, I choose for the finances-aware lunch unique ($9) with curry hen tenders, rice and coleslaw with an included drink. The glistening golden curry sauce, whose heat slowly rises following a number of bites, covers the significant part of tenders. Texture-wise, the tenders are just Alright, almost nothing shut to Popeyes, but enough to get me take a look at yet again. I program on ordering the snow onion chicken wings and curry drumsticks for my future potluck collecting.


Open up Wednesday to Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 94-226 Leoku St., #13, (808) 437-1214, cmcwaipahu.com


Wanting ahead, BB.Q Rooster or Very best of the Ideal Good quality Rooster in Kāhala’s Kū‘ono Market appears like it will open up sometime this calendar year or in early 2022. BB.Q’s declare to fame is becoming South Korea’s amount one particular premium fried hen. We’ll just have to see how it ranks in our market place. 



Clarita Lorenzano

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