Hot Star Large Fried Chicken- Fried Fixed- Behind the Scene

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Very rarely in Sydney would I come across a 30cm in length fried chicken. With Sydney-siders increase of fried cravings over the years, Hot Star Large Fried Chicken (96 Liverpool Street, Sydney NSW 2000) has successfully opened its first store in the heart of the CBD. With epic queues all the way down the street, the sight of 250 grams of succulent JUMBO chicken breast gets food lovers eye-twitching and it’s totally worth it. Hot star started their frying food scene back in Taiwan Shilin night Market in 1992 with one mouth-watering mission- “To deliver authentic Taiwanese street food“. And let me just state I am certainly happy that chicken crossed the road. Teehee. 

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I was very fortunate to be on the other side of the shipping-container sized kitchen and witness the hard working staff of 10 assemble all this fried madness. Taking 30 minutes of Casey’s (Hot Star Store Manager) time meant a lot to me and to her as pipping hot chicken continue to get pampered in coated flour then dunked in hundred degree oil. Also with hungry starving customers continue to pile, it was essential to absorb all the secret information and share it with you guys.

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Customers are keen for their FRIED CHICKEN.

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Can’t wait any longer…

Who are we kidding, the Original Fried Chicken ($7.90) is amazingly addictive with enormous pepper seasoning . I mean, they sell almost 600 fried chicken steaks, alone in 1 day. Sure, when you first have your eyes glued to this chicken, it may look dry, but don’t judge a book by its cover. It’s surprisingly moist, really moist and tender. Extremely crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, I can say you will appreciate the minimum 12 hours marinated flavour, texture and quality of this XXL chicken steak. This fresh chicken sensation is not as oily as I thought, if you examine it closely tiny bubbles of fried flour, looks appetising. I couldn’t convince Casey to tell me why this is slightly crisper than Taiwan Hot Star but I do know they put a lot of hours in spoiling their chicken breast with pepper seasoning or if you are game enough try chilli powder. I honestly questioned a few times whether this is a chicken thigh piece, but no, Casey stated it’s CHICKEN BREAST! This juicy chicken, cooked to order may involve palm-sweating and teeth-grinding experience. Also it may get a bit messy as bone and cartilage are present. But that’s ok, you’d be too busy enjoying this succulent treat, you won’t even care.

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Original Fried Chicken ($7.90)

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Woah! This chicken breast is bigger than my hand.

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Tiny bubbles of protein madness!

It seems like Hot Star have taking frying to a whole new level of tastiness by introducing Deep Fried King Oyster Mushroom ($3.90) is placed onto the palm of my hands. I legitimately crammed everything into my mouth, which is fine by me but not so sure about Casey’s expression. Let’s just say she politely giggled. The secret method for making a crisp, savory crunch is carefully hand-selecting the mushrooms to ensure quality and this my friend creates a rich, concentrated flavour. Each chopped piece of pepper seasoned mushroom squirts quite a lot of juice. Just FYI, this meaty and firm texture mushroom is a must for a movie snack.

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Deep Fried King Oyster Mushroom ($3.90)

I am not going to lie: Deep Fried Sweet Potato ($3.90) is ridiculously sweet! NATURALLY! It’s a real sweet treat. They’re full of flavour that are secretly seasoned with… you’ll never guess, PLUM POWDER. These finger shaped sticks are a great alternative to standard French fries. I absolutely love the light crisp on the outside and the warm soft mash inside. Yes, another ongoing obsession of mine. 

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Deep Fried Sweet Potato ($3.90)

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Hmmmm… Sweet.

The first thing I will comment about this Deep Fried Curly Fries ($3.90) is that it’s not curly enough. However, scoffing down all this starch goodness, just shows how easily I get manipulated by its crunchy texture and flavour.  Yeap, I think my stomach is pleasantly satisfied with that gold brown fried deliciousness.

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Deep Fried Curly Fries ($3.90)

Very pleased to share behind the scene of what goes around here at Hot Star. Chicken breasted are firstly coated with flour and seasoning before deep frying them.

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Flour and seasoning.

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Chicken breast waiting to be cooked.

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Fry baby, FRY!

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After deep frying them for about 12 mintues, let these chicken steak be air dried before packaging them.

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How smart is this, ready to fry curly fries.

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Ready to fry King Oyster Mushroom.

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Ready to fry Sweet Potato.

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Fresh basil is important for the chicken bites.

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Can’t wait to try these Chicken Bites next time.

It is good to know Hot Star only orders FRESH NOT FROZEN chicken, every single day.They believe fresh ingredients for instance chicken and vegetables is the key to making their products more delicious and addictive. Chicken bites will be next on my list to try. And yes, the fry goodness is really worth waiting for! If you have already tried Hot Star’s fried chicken in Sydney, what do you think? Have you tried their other existing stores in Melbourne or Taiwan? Let me know your opinion.

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Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Hot Star Large Fried Chicken as a guest (opportunity provided by Harvey Publicity ). Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

Photos by Vanny Tang

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28 thoughts on “Hot Star Large Fried Chicken- Fried Fixed- Behind the Scene

    Chris @ MAB vs Food said:
    March 8, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    I love how you describe the experience of eating that jumbo sized fried chicken. Makes me want to have one! But it’s so huge. You did share it, right? Lol

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 8, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Thanks Chris! I highly recommend you to give it a try. Did you say share? I have never heard such word 😛

    Priscilla @ foodpornnation.com said:
    March 8, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Yeah did you share all of this? how are you so skinny. It does look dry but i trust your judgement. Not sure I could handle 250g of chicken!!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 8, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      I don’t understand the term sharing… 😛 Please, I am in no shape to be called skinny! I was fooled by its looks but surprisingly delish 😀

    Michael @ I'm Still Hungry said:
    March 8, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Whoa, I think I gained weight just from reading this post. Now to double it up for an actual visit – I’ve been meaning to grab a mean-sized piece of chicken. Surprised Sydney doesn’t have something like it already (schnitzel aside).

    A bit worried about the cartilage though – my experience tends to be somewhat soured if I bite on that :/

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 8, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      LOL, I like your humour Michael! You are right about Sydney’s lack of introducing enormous sized chicken. Luckily we all know where I’ll be hanging around if I need a fried fix. 😛

    iFat (@iFat23) said:
    March 8, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    I’m so keen to try their chicken!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 8, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      You’ll definitely enjoy it, trust me! 😀

    Trent @ Food Assault said:
    March 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    That’s a HUGE piece of protein there……..although it looks like the chicken got squashed before making it across the road 🙂

    I like the idea of it being easy to eat on-the-go also. 👍

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 8, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      HAHAHA, you’re funny Trent! The chicken isn’t that squashed, but yes I agree with on the go snack!

    Sherrie @ Crystal Noir said:
    March 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    I’ve heard about this place! Definitely want to give that huge ass chicken piece a try 😀

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      You must! Just imagine that JUMBO chicken piece touching your tastebuds…:D

    matt @planmb said:
    March 9, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    so much golden goodness, been dreaming about this since visiting Taiwan

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 9, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      You’re right about that Matt! I love how Taiwanese cuisine is expanding in Sydney 😀

    Annie @ The Random Foodie said:
    March 9, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    that epic friiiiiiieeeedddd chickeennnnn!!!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 9, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Ah yes, THAT CHICKEN 😛

    Shanshan Lam (@food_religion) said:
    March 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    can’t wait to check out this place in Sydney AND in Taiwan!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Awesome! Let me know what you think 😀

    milkteaxx said:
    March 11, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    how good was it?!?! crunchy and succulently juicy! goshhh i want more!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 11, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Girl, you’re right about that! There’s so much fun in that tasty chicken 😀

    The Sydney Noob said:
    March 11, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Can’t resist fried food 🙂 , will try soon thanks for the review.

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 16, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Yes, anything fried is darn tasty !!!! 😀

    Bunnybloggers said:
    March 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    The chicken is so tasty and the fried oyster mushrooms look delish! Must try it next time!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 16, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Really can’t get enough of their chicken, it’s too hard to forget… 😛 Must try those magic mushrooms! 😛

    Sena Yeung said:
    March 16, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Woah~ It’s so close to home for me!! Shall definitely go try their ones~ There is another Taiwanese shop that sells the XL Fried Chicken too at Central Park Mall 😛 There’s was not too bad either~

    -Miss Sennnaa
    BLOG: http://miss-sennnaa.blogspot.com

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Lucky you! I wish I lived next door to Hot Star. So I’ve heard about this other mega chicken madness going on around. Can’t wait to give that a try ! Thanks Sena! 😀

    Anonymous said:
    July 11, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Nessy what is that coating they i would like to cook it to
    Its very delicious

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