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The Best Korean and Japanese Fried Chicken in Toronto

The best Korean and Japanese fried chicken (karaage) in Toronto often get lumped together, perhaps because both styles can be far superior to the ubiquitous buttermilk-soaked specialty of the Southern states. Fortunately, this city has plenty of excellent examples of both varieties to chow down on.

Here is the best Korean and Japanese fried chicken in Toronto.




416 Snack Bar
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416 Snack Bar

This snack bar at Bathurst and Queen deals exclusively in utensil-free dining. Like little Korean fried chicken pintxos, a plate of these toothpick-skewered double-fried nuggets come tossed in a spicy honey-ginger chili-garlic glaze and sprinkled with sesame seeds and scallions.

Gushi Food (Market 707)
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Gushi Food (Market 707)

This shipping container kitchen located at Market 707 dishes out Japanese-style nuggets of deep fried poultry over purple rice. Order the orginal boxed lunch drizzled with spice mayo and sesame vinaigrette or opt for the Nanban meal that sees morsels of crispy chicken dress in garlic aioli, citrus vin and onions.


Momofuku Toronto
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Momofuku Toronto

Fried chicken at the Noodle Bar is available in large format meals meant to feed four to eight people. The feast features two fried chickens, one southern-style and one-Korean style, and comes with scallion pancakes, pickled veggies and various condiments.


Guu (Parkdale)
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Guu (Parkdale)

This popular izakaya in Parkdale serves Japanese-style bar snacks and the chicken kaarage is a house favourite. Offered alongside creamy garlic mayo, the deep fried specialty goes well with a one litre mug of Sapporo.


Oddseoul
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Oddseoul

What came first? The chicken or the egg? At this late night snack bar on Ossington, both chicken and egg will arrive at the table together. The addictive dish features crispy tempura-fried chicken paired with devilled eggs.

The Fry
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The Fry

KFC, short for Korean Fried Chicken, is the focus at this chain of restaurants with locations in the Annex and uptown on Yonge. Get the ultra crispy, twice-fried chicken tossed in a fiery gochujang glaze or soy garlic sauce.



Kinka Izakaya (Bloor)
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Kinka Izakaya (Bloor)

This chain of Japanese izakayas operates three Toronto locations where addictive nuggets of karaage chicken are marinated in soy before taking a bath in the deep fryer. Each order comes with sweet garlic mayo on the side.

Home of Hot Taste
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Home of Hot Taste

Baskets of lightly battered fried chicken served with saliva-inducing dipping powder are the main attraction at this chain of Korean chicken joints. The house speciality is the Blazing Fire Chicken that sees boneless morsels of poultry tossed in peppery hot sauce.


Don Don Izakaya
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Don Don Izakaya

This watering hole in Little Toyko specializes in Japanese pub grub that goes down best with a pint of Polar (frozen) beer. While the menu doesn't major in fried chicken, the golden plates of garlic-ginger fried chicken served with kewpie mayo are among the top sellers.

The Best Korean and Japanese Fried Chicken in Toronto


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