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Vancouver: Chicken Karaage From Kingyo Izakaya

Vancouver: Chicken Karaage From Kingyo Izakaya

Wilson Mak with a tip on where to find the best Chicken Karaage in Vancouver, and he even lets you know how to make it at home.
By Wilson Mak

Chicken Karaage is a Japanese style fried chicken. You can find this dish in most Japanese restaurants or snack bars. My favourite chicken karaage is the one from Kingyo Izakaya (rated best izakaya in Vancouver 4 years in a row: 2007-2010). Kingyo Izakaya participated in the Vancouver Cooks2 cookbook, a cookbook showcasing recipes from top restaurants in Vancouver. I was delighted to find out that their chicken karaage was one of the recipes they included in the cookbook. I hope you will enjoy this dish as much as I do.

Source : recipe adapted from Vancouver Cooks2

Serves 3 to 4


1 Tbsp + 1 tsp sake

2 tsp soy sauce

¾ tsp shredded garlic

¾ tsp shredded ginger

1 tsp powdered fish broth

Pinch of shchimi togarashi ( seven flavor chili pepper )

1½ lbs ( 0.68kg ) chicken thighs/breasts, boneless, skin on or off, in 1-inch ( 2.54cm ) pieces

Vegetable oil for deep frying

½ cup ( 118 ml ) potato starch

Lemon wedges for garnish

Parsley for garnish


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1. Combine sake, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, powdered fish broth and shchimi togarashi in a non-reactive bowl.

2. Place the chicken pieces in the marinade, rub in well, cover and refrigerate for ten minutes.

3. Place oil in deep fryer to the marked line or half-fill a tall-sided heavy pot on the stovetop and heat to 350°F(177°C).

4. Place potato starch in a shallow bowl. Dredge marinated chicken pieces in potato starch and shake off excess.

5. Deep-fry chicken for about five minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oil and drain on a tray lined with paper towels.

6. To serve, arrange chicken pieces on a warmed serving platter. Garnish with lemon wedges, parsley and shchimi togarashi. Alternatively, you could serve it like how Kingo Izakaya normally serves it in the restaurant in which it was served with three different kinds of premium salt: real salt from Utah, Himalayan crystal salt and hakata no  shio ( salt from Ehime, Japan )

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