September 16, 2021


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


In the previous two months, three new Korean fried rooster stores opened. Certainly, 3! I don’t know what the cluck is going on but I’m not mad about it. To be sincere, it seemed like the trend had died down following Remaining Wing opened in H Mart Kaka‘ako’s food items hall in June 2020, 10 months right after Kickin Chick’n in Kapolei. Now Kaka‘ako, Kalihi and Waipahu all have new stores that are worthy of a end for your next potluck. 


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


Superior Hen, Kaka‘ako

Photo: Thomas Obungen


Inspite of its prevent indication-pink paint, you’ll miss Fantastic Rooster if you’re not looking for it. Found in the previous Ngon Vietnamese Cafe room behind Asahi Grill, Good Hen caught my awareness as I was leaving the Patagonia shop 1 afternoon. It’s an offshoot of Excellent Kitchen, a stall that served steak and pasta at Shirokiya’s now-shuttered Japan Village Stroll. 


Great Chicken’s menu lists four flavors of fried hen wings, selfmade pork and kim chee mandoo, a hen salad, and katsu plate lunches. Exterior, an imo (Korean aunty) confirms no matter whether you’re parking in her stall for rooster or her jjimjilbang spa out again. If this does not scream legit, then your sensors are off. 


pork mango Good Chicken Photo: Thomas Obungen

Photograph: Thomas Obungen


My buddy and I get 10-piece 50 % orders of the garlic chile chicken ($14.95) and original fried hen ($13.95) with a side of steamed pork mandoo ($12.95) for our pau hana picnic. The bins are vented with major pukas to permit steam to escape, leaving the chicken’s double-fried crust crisp but however warm to the touch. The garlic chile sauce isn’t as spicy as you are led to assume, but the sweet, delicate warmth is welcome. The unsauced fried chicken is deliciously juicy and its seasoning is surprisingly reminiscent of McDonald’s Rooster McNuggets (not specifically a negative issue). The fist-sized steamed pork mandoo, even so, seals the offer for me. The supple skins encompass a filling made w​ith pork, tofu, chive and glass noodles, making for an excellent gentle dumpling that goes effectively with the crispy wings. 


Fantastic Rooster is much better than fantastic, it is excellent. 


Open 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

Picture: Thomas Obungen


In contrast to the concealed Superior Rooster, Soul Rooster is effortless to place from Dillingham Boulevard. Just appear for the huge posters advertising and marketing “chrispy” hen over Club Cleopatra. I couldn’t make this up if I experimented with. 


The menu at Soul Rooster goes a bit further, with wings and boneless tenders in 6 flavors covering the spectrum of unique fried to wasabi mayo and a spicy sauce termed Hell’s Gate. Soul Chicken also delivers fried chicken sandwiches, hen salad, hen rice bowls and sides like french fries, gimmari fried seaweed rolls, tteokbokki rice cakes and mandoo. Whilst there are a pair of tables exterior, most orders are taken to-go. 


Honey Garlic Wings Soul Chicken Credit Thomas Obungen 1

Image: Thomas Obungen


I area an purchase for honey garlic wings (six parts, $8.95) and a fried hen sandwich ($6.50) due to the fact the photo is so attractive. Fifteen minutes later on, they’re completely ready at the window. After a cease for gasoline at Costco, the wings endure the 30 minutes it requires to get household in a vented box lined with parchment paper. The batter is the craggy form we’ve occur to like from sites like Vons: Just about every nook and cranny soaks up the garlicky sweet honey sauce and the hen is juicy to the bone. The sandwich is as massive as its photo implies with a significant, tender hen breast generating up the bulk of it. Regardless of the dry sesame buns and uninspired cabbage and mayo topping, it’s a respectable fried chicken sandwich but I wish it got a dunk in the honey garlic sauce for extra taste.


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


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


SEE ALSO: Ranking Our Favored Flavors at Vons Chicken 


Choong Person Hen, Waipahu 

Curry Tenders Cm Chicken Credit Thomas Obungen 4

Image: Thomas Obungen


Choong Person (CM) Rooster is a KFC chain that gained traction in Virginia Waipahu’s retail store is the initial franchised locale in Hawai‘i. I built the trek from city off a reader suggestion on the Frolic Instagram. You are going to obtain CM Chicken between delicious neighbors like Manny’s Bake Store, Pūpūkea Grindz and Rainbow Travel-In, so it may not be your only cause to pay a visit to. 


CM Rooster has a diverse featuring that sets them considerably aside from most KFC joints. 1st, their tikkudak system of frying then baking in a charcoal oven leaves the rooster with a smoky complete. Next, they offer you wings, drumsticks, tenders and complete chickens, so you can really dial in the sort of fried chook components you like. 3rd, sauce choices incorporate garlic soy, warm chile, garlic spicy and golden curry, which intrigues me the most. CM is also famed its “snow onion” topping, a creamy mayo-primarily based sauce less than a mountain of finely sliced white onion ringlets. Sides consist of fried hen gizzards, mozzarella cheese sticks, french fries and popcorn shrimp. 


Confused by option, I choose for the budget-conscious lunch specific ($9) with curry chicken tenders, rice and coleslaw with an provided consume. The glistening golden curry sauce, whose warmth bit by bit rises following a number of bites, handles the substantial portion of tenders. Texture-sensible, the tenders are just Alright, very little close to Popeyes, but sufficient to get me go to once more. I system on purchasing the snow onion hen wings and curry drumsticks for my subsequent 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,


On the lookout in advance, BB.Q Rooster or Very best of the Ideal Good quality Hen in Kāhala’s Kū‘ono Market seems like it will open sometime this 12 months or in early 2022. BB.Q’s declare to fame is staying South Korea’s range just one quality fried chicken. We’ll just have to see how it ranks in our industry.