It’s National Fried Chicken Day! In America, at least. And this is one of their celebrations that we can get behind. Malaysians live for chicken. The Star shared a statistic a few years ago showing that a Malaysian consumes an average of 50kg of chicken. If that doesn’t express the weight of our love for poultry, we’re not sure what will!

To celebrate this day, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite F&B establishments to get your fried chicken fix from. 

1. Fowlboys

If your burger of choice from McDonald’s is a Spicy Chicken McDeluxe, then you’re going to love this. Fowlboys specialises in herbs, spice, and fried buttermilk chicken. Sometimes it’s sandwiched between fluffy potato buns or waffles. Or keep things simple and have them as chicken wings with the brand’s house-made hot sauce.

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2. Table & Apron (Non-halal)

For a classic, no-frills-just-thrills type of chicken, Table & Apron does it the best – and they have been for the past nine years. Their buckwheat fried chicken has become a beloved favourite among patrons, keeping them flocking back for more. Unsurprisingly, the owners proudly refer to this dish as their pride and joy.

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3. KyoChon 1991

If you’ve not tried KyoChon before, where have you been and why? If you’re a fan of a little spice, their Red Pepper series is the perfect choice. And if you’re craving that irresistible umami flavour, the Soy Garlic series is an absolute delight. For those seeking a challenge, the Shinhwa series’s newest addition will deliver a spice and smoky explosion like no other. Browse through KyoChon’s menu here.

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4. Urban Daybreak

If burgers and wings aren’t your thing, maybe a fried chicken waffle will be! What’s not to love about a crispy chicken karaage drizzled in maple syrup and mustard sitting on a tasty waffle? Oh, and there’s a sunny-side up egg in between all of that to brighten your day.

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5. Lim Fried Chicken

When KFC doesn’t cut it, LFC will. What do Malaysians love more than poultry? Rice and sambal. And with LFC, you’ll get just that… and some vegetables to make the meal a little balanced. Lim Fried Chicken has been frying up a storm since 1983, and just like them, our love for fried chicken is deep… fried.

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Remember the Zinger Double Down? If you thought that iconic double patty burger was awesome, you’d love this one. And it tastes much better too. NOMMS’ Double Trouble comes with, you guessed it, two juicy boneless fried chicken pieces in place of buns. Sandwiched between them is a piece of hash brown topped with either cheese sauce (original) or curry mayo (spicy).

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7. Chocha Foodstore

If you’re a fan of fried chicken infused with local flavours, look no further than Chocha Foodstore in Petaling Street. After a brief absence from their menu, the beloved Chocha Fried Chicken, fondly known as CFC, has made a triumphant comeback.

The secret lies in the cincalok-marinated batter, infusing the meat with a unique dash of umami. Served alongside pickled papaya and sambal tuhau, each bite promises a delightful explosion of flavours.

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8. Sammich KL

Picture this: boneless breast, dripping with juiciness, slathered in slaw, and adorned with pickles and a slice of cheese, ensconced between two slices of perfectly toasted soft sourdough Hokkaido milk loaf.

From here, it’s up to you to take things slow and easy or turn up the heat – surrender to the irresistible allure of Sammich KL’s five spice levels, ranging from country to x-hot, promising a truly steamy affair. The result of this amalgamation of flavours? KAI’s Style Sando.

Do note that this Nashville-style sandwich joint caters exclusively to pre-ordered takeouts and delivery, so be sure to plan your cravings ahead of time.

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 6 July 2021 and has been updated to include more locations.