Johor Kaki Travels for Food

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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Taiwan Fried Popcorn Chicken in Dazhi Taipei 大直台灣鹽酥雞

Restaurant name: Taiwan Fried Chicken 台灣鹽酥雞
Address: No. 530, Beian Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491 (This is the founding shop. There are several franchise outlets.)
GPS: 25°04'47.2"N 121°32'47.9"E | 25.079779, 121.546625
Tel: +886 2 2532 1591
Nearest MRT: Steps from Dazhi 捷運大直站 Exit 2
Hours: 10:30am to 3:00am

Popcorn chicken 鹽酥雞 is one of the most popular street food in Taiwan. There are 3000, maybe 4000 places selling popcorn chicken, from night markets, food courts to even restaurants. 台灣鹽酥雞 is the top selling popcorn chicken shop in Taiwan - which is a huge achievement as popcorn chicken stalls are everywhere on the island. 

Boss 洪誌謙 has come a long was from his mum's street side push cart popcorn chicken stall. He worked at his mum's popcorn chicken push cart stall since he was 14 years old and took over her business 20 years ago (against her wishes as she doesn't want her children to follow in her footsteps).

台灣鹽酥雞 shop serves a wide range fried foods - 65 different types of fried goodies from seafood, various meats, tofu to vegetables. Popcorn chicken is 洪誌謙's claim to fame and still the best seller.

There is always a long queue at 台灣鹽酥雞 shop which is steps from Dazhi MRT station - super accessible.

台灣鹽酥雞 uses fresh chicken 溫體肉 that is never chilled, never frozen (something not possible in Singapore). The chicken are slaughtered and served within hours of slaughtering.

台灣鹽酥雞 uses 45 day old chicken (not hormone fatten 30 day old birds).

The chicken meat is cut into 5cm by 5cm bite size cubes. The chicken cubes are marinated with over 10 types of herbs, onion puree and rice wine. The chicken cubes are tumbled and churned in a rotating steel tub, vacuum sealed and pressurised for 30 minutes so the savoury sweet marination is massaged deeply into the chicken cubes.

The chicken cubes are then battered with a blend of corn, sweet potato, potato flour etc. The battered chicken cubes are deep fried in clean 180℃ hot oil. 台灣鹽酥雞 changes their frying oil twice a day.

The golden brown popcorn chicken are dusted with 胡椒鹽 pepper and salt before serving. Every piece of chicken cube is consistently delicious.

Customers like 台灣鹽酥雞 because it is crispy outside and tender juicy sweet inside. The ingredients are fresh and service is fast despite the long queue. Fans also like their proprietary savoury spicy sauces and seasoning powders.

Try also 台灣鹽酥雞's premium fried beef cubes and large octopus tentacles.

Non Halal

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