If there's one thing we know about Aucklanders, it's that we love our fried chicken. And what's great about the revival of this classic food, is that there's so much competition. This means only the top birds survive. Fried chicken is a hit, no matter the season, and is always a welcome side order. Coupled with chips and slaw it's the perfect comfort food. The crunchy texture of the outside combined with the tender and juicy inside sends us to fast food heaven. We tried our luck at the new joint in Ponsonby Central, My Fried Chicken. Self-proclaimed, 'Korean-style fried chicken at its best', My Fried Chicken is one for the bucket list.
This new joint is located in the trendy city-fringe precinct, with an equally trendy craft beer partner, Garage Project. Ponsonby Central has so many great places to eat. If you're after a quick dine and dash, or if an extensive menu gives you decision anxiety, then My Fried Chicken is for you.
The dinner box is a no-brainer. For $22 you get four pieces of chicken, a green salad, pickles, and chips to complete the meal. We highly recommend the Korean street food-style garlic bread ($8) to share with the table. This cob loaf is fluffy and buttery, with the perfect balance of aromatic garlic and a slightly sweetened dough.
The chicken itself comes in four flavour varieties. The OG, Hot n Sweet As, Cluck Cluck Soy and Thunderbird (hot hot hot!). If you're into all things saucy and traditionally Korean, go for the Hot n Sweet As or the Cluck Cluck Soy. The latter is a little different, but equally as tasty. Think chicken marinated in garlic and Korean soy, with some other spices in there that we just can't put our finger on. If you aren't buying chicken as part of a meal, they range from $12 for three pieces to $36 for the whole bird (12 pieces).
The eclectic vibe of the comic book street art décor means Garage Project beer is the perfect beverage match. My Fried Chicken is a fun and lively spot to take a date or catch up with friends. Perch on the stools at the bar and watch the chefs sling together your meal, while sipping on a cold brew. A cheap, easy and delicious option for your next night out.
Image: Ponsonby Central.