Fried chicken is one of those guilty pleasures that's perfect winter food.
You might feel guilty about trying to rationalise it as being remotely healthy, and you might hate yourself afterwards, but while relishing that moist white (or brown) flesh under a crusty savoury or spicy coating, will you care?
For the purposes of this piece we will forego the well-known establishments beginning with K in favour of highlighting some other restaurants.
This Korean joint with a fast-food vibe (no bookings, though after you order at the counter the food is brought to your table) has a menu with many items including the crunchy fried chicken in a secret seasoning - including spicy and sour elements - with a few sauces to choose from including sweet and sour and accompaniments such as waffle fries.
The sister store, Lazy Su, in Lonsdale Street, Braddon, has more Japanese influence including a couple of fried chicken dishes.
Another Korean restaurant in the city, a bit more formal then Baby Su - there's full table service - and with a wider-ranging menu.
The fried-chicken offerings include bao with mayonnaise and sauce, making for a tasty snack on its own if you're not feeling ravenous and don't want to gnaw on bones. But for many, that messy, tactile experience contributes greatly to the pleasure.
The slightly naughty rhyming restaurant name is certainly eye-and-ear-catching.
This place started in a food truck and chicken - in a "secret family recipe" - is the star, from a Griller Thriller Burger - with grilled marinated breast chicken fillet, brie cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato and special fricken sauce - to chicken strips covered in truffle, mayo and parmesan cheese (all together).
Gami Chicken and Beer
Another Korean chicken specialist with whole chicken, wings, boneless chicken and chicken spare ribs on the menu to provide a choice for your teeth, tongue and fingers.
Accompaniments and alternatives include Potato Heaven, pumpkin mousse, seafood pancake and corn cheese.
An American-style joint, with pizzas, burgers and cheese steak alongside the "Greasy Fried Chicken". Sides you can order include coleslaw and mash & gravy. Sounds like the legacy of Colonel Sanders provided a little inspiration.
Braddon and Gungahlin. greasys.com.au.
This place features traditional Korean, Korean-Japanese fusion and Korean-western fusion. The fried chicken choices include original, Korean soy, Korean and creamy (in a white sauce).
Other menu items include cheese kimchi pancake, crunchy octopus for starters, soups such as ox bone and pork bone and the beef hotpot dish bibimbap.
City and Belconnen. korbqcanberra.com.
Young and Frisky
The American South-inspired offerings at this cheekily-named pub include a Frisky Bucket (12 pieces, three sides and four sauces) and a Cheap Ass Bucket (12 pieces Southern fried wings, three sides, four sauces). There are other classic pub items like chicken parmi and chicken schnitzel and there's also a roast vegetable salad if you're feeling health-conscious, but if you're feeling health-conscious, why are you reading about fried chicken?
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