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New-Wave KFC: The Best Korean Fried Chicken Restaurants

Want to know where to find the best KFC in Australia? No, we’re not talking about the Colonel. Read on to discover the best Korean Fried Chicken restaurants in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide.

Gami Chicken & Beer, Melbourne and Perth

With five locations in Melbourne and one in Perth, Gami has become a late-night dining institution, drawing crowds for its crunchy, golden bird, available in original, sweet chilli, soy garlic, or spicy versions. Here, the whole chicken is cut into 17 pieces and served with cleansing cabbage salad and pickled radish.
Gather friends so you can share a 4-litre keg of beer, or tone down the heat with their signature ‘ice’ beer.

Gami chicken and beer

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Frying Colours, Kensington

In the Melbourne suburb of Kensington, Frying Colours is flying the KFC flag with its delectable fried chicken, available by the half or whole bird, served plain or doused in your choice of spicy or sweet soy sauce. They also dish up fried calamari or stuffed green chillies with fiery tteokbokki sauce.

Arisun, Haymarket

Sydney’s Chinatown is the home of Arisun Beer House & Restaurant and a mind-boggling array of fried chicken variations. Have you piping-hot poultry dusted with cheese, dunked in chilli-garlic sauce, or served buffalo-style with eye-watering Tabasco sauce.

arisun hay market

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Chicken Institute, Surry Hills

The coolest bird on the block is edgy urban eatery Chicken Institute. Purists will zero in on the ‘Damn good fried chicken’ simply seasoned with chicken salt and lime, or the sticky chicken in a sweet-spicy sauce. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the ‘Damn good peanut butter chicken’ dripping with a secret peanut butter sauce, coconut, coriander and jalapeno chillies. And don’t forget to order a side of the kimchi poutine.

chicken institute

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Mamasan, Broadbeach

On the Gold Coast, sate your fried chicken cravings at sexy pan-Asian eatery Mamasan. Here, their signature KFC is a serve of crisp, spicy chicken wings served under an umami-rich blanket of parmesan almond snow.

Chicken Coop, Adelaide

In an unassuming takeaway joint in the eastern suburb of Firle lies some of Adelaide’s finest Korean fried chicken. Sure you can still order your whole rotisserie chook or a pluto pup, but the Korean family who runs Chicken Coop also dishes out seriously good KFC slathered in chilli or soy sauce.

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