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The Best Korean and Japanese Fried Chicken in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 20, 2014

Fried chicken torontoThe best Korean and Japanese fried chicken (karaage) in Toronto is the other KFC. This fried chicken isn't the traditional buttermilk-soaked specialty of the Southern states, it's arguably better, especially when painted with fiery chilis or served with a cooling side of sweet kewpie mayo -- it would make the Colonel himself start salivating.

From Korean to boneless nuggets of Japanese karaage or Malay-spiced, here is the best Korean and Japanese fried chicken in Toronto.

See also:

The best korean restaurants in Toronto
The best late night Korean restaurants in Toronto
The best izakaya restaurants in Toronto
The best fried chicken in Toronto
The best BBQ chicken (churrasqueiras) in Toronto

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Fried chicken is offered as a large format meal ($125) on the first floor of Momofuku's Toronto complex in the Shangri-La Hotel. Two whole fried chickens, one southern-style and the other Korean, will feed 4-6 people and come with scallion pancakes and various condiments for self assembly. More »

Guu

Guu

Both Church St.'s Izakaya and Bloor's Sakabar serve addictive nuggets of karaage ($6.80) with sweet garlic mayo on the side. Made with soy marinated poultry, the deep fried dish boasts a golden, crispy-skinned flesh. More »

Gushi

Gushi

Located inside the 707 Market, this restaurant in a shipping container offers a lunch box ($8) with four pieces of boneless dark meat marinated in soy and sake before being dredged in potato starch and deep fried. A white meat option, done with gluten-free soya sauce, is available too. More »

Kingyo

Kingyo

This izakaya in Cabbagetown does two types of chicken karaage, one peppery version ($8.60) in the style of O-Sho (a popular restaurant in Japan) and one spicy variation, dubbed "death chicken" ($7.80), tossed in diablo chili sauce. More »

Arigato Fried Chicken

Arigato Fried Chicken

This Willowdale restaurant specializes in crispy, golden fried chicken and offers a multitude of platters and combos available on or off the bone. Original and spicy seasoned recipes are sold in small ($10-$17) or large ($18-$22) orders that are meant to be shared. More »

416 Snack Bar

416 Snack Bar

This cutlery-free snackbar on Bathurst has been known to offer its own take of twice fried chicken on its daily line-up of specials. Tossed in a sweet and spicy Korean BBQ sauce, drummettes are finish topped with sesame and green onions. More »

Don Don Izakaya

Don Don Izakaya

This Japanese watering hole on Dundas specializes in pub grub that goes down best with a frozen beer. While the menu doesn't major in fried chicken, golden plates of ginger fried chicken ($8) with kewpie mayo is one of the most popular picks. More »

Soos

Soos

The Malay-style fried chicken ($12) is served three pieces of boneless dark meat per order with slaw on the side. The flavourful favourite starts with marinated poultry that's then dredged and bathed in a coconut milk and egg before being breaded with a rempah spiced oats. More »

Home of Hot Taste

Home of Hot Taste

Multiple locations are renowned for baskets of lightly battered fried chicken served with saliva-inducing dipping powder. The house speciality is the Blazing Fire Chicken ($15) that sees boneless nuggets tossed in peppery hot sauce. More »

Discussion

21 Comments

Leslieviller / May 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm
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Goods and Provisions serves an amazing Korean Fried Chicken. They use boneless chicken thighs - crispy, spicy, not greasy. Aka awesome.
Sam I Am / May 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm
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I'm surprised Ajuker didn't make the cut as their chicken is fantastic.
MB / May 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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I recommend Gushi!! Authentic fried chicken from southern Japan.
shay / May 20, 2014 at 01:12 pm
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King Lobster in China Town has some of the best chicken wings I've ever tasted
shay replying to a comment from shay / May 20, 2014 at 01:13 pm
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...And I realize it's neither Korean or Japanese
I miss the bun shop / May 20, 2014 at 01:33 pm
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The fried chicken was good.
Anon / May 20, 2014 at 01:53 pm
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Sorry if this is a dumb question but if Soos serves Malay fried chicken (as opposed to Japanese or Korean), how is it on this list?
Donny / May 20, 2014 at 02:34 pm
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You completely overlooked Galleria shopping centre. The real deal Korean fried bird
jojojo / May 20, 2014 at 03:01 pm
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The best FRIED CHICKEN is at Harlem on richmond or queen west.... fried and served with amazing waffles..
ssteeephen / May 20, 2014 at 06:31 pm
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i miss A-OK!
Elise / May 20, 2014 at 11:52 pm
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Honeatly i'm Korean. The Fry(yonge&sheppard, Finch) is the best. Exatly same as Korean fried chicken. If you really like deep fried chicke,you should try. Reasonable price, and a lot. And just fried or spicy fried chicken with radish is the best.
leonsia / May 21, 2014 at 04:58 am
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Missed out "THE FRY" @Yonge & Sheppard, or @Yonnge & Cummer.
I think they are the best for me.
lily / May 21, 2014 at 11:53 am
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Momofuku's fried Korean fried chicken was underwhelming and over priced!! How could it be number 1??? It just reminded me was bbq sauce fried chicken. Really nothing special and overrated.
Kyle replying to a comment from jojojo / May 22, 2014 at 11:21 am
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"The Best Korean and Japanese Fried Chicken in Toronto" not "The Best Generic Fried Chicken on Queen St"
Kinton Bowler / May 23, 2014 at 02:41 pm
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The Karrage bowl at Kinton is phenomenal but not sure how the chicken stacks vs some of these but it's delicious
Jack / May 23, 2014 at 03:28 pm
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I think Ramen Isshin's Chicken Karaage and Karaage don is the best in the city hands down followed by Hapa which isn't on this list either...
Jenna / July 8, 2014 at 03:00 pm
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I really wonder who rates these things.... Obviously someone who has no idea about good food in this city
Unni / November 3, 2014 at 06:46 pm
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The Fry. Everywhere else can't compare!
KimChupa / November 3, 2014 at 07:32 pm
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You guys should update these lists! Arigato Fried Chicken closed down two years ago! it wasn't even around when this article was posted Why don't you make a format where ppl from toronto actually vote? heck or even go thru yelp reviews sometimes I think the writter diddnt even go to half of the resturants on these lists or at least ask around just a thought personally I think nothing beats The Fry!
JKremix / November 4, 2014 at 10:18 am
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I tried Cheers Chicken last night (takeout). I believe the place is relatively new, guessing 1-2 months. It came boneless, very soft, not greasy and crispy! We got half fried and half sweet/spicy sauce and it was quite good! The best fried chicken I've tried in Toronto - I'm a Korean foodie so my standards are pretty high.
ted kim / November 14, 2014 at 12:39 am
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hey
you guys should try dakgogi's korean style chicken.
which is located at north york.
5310 yonge st.
its amazing and fantastic.
this restaurant have cozy environment and secret patio.
check that out!!!!!

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