A Taiwanese fried chicken chain is planning its second Massachusetts location, this time in Boston. TKK Fried Chicken, which recently arrived in Quincy, is teaming up with Kung Fu Tea to open a kiosk in the Super 88 food hall in Allston. A representative with TKK Fried Chicken confirmed the news with Eater via email but said that an official opening date has not yet been set.
Kung Fu Tea is a bubble tea chain that operates a dozen Boston-area locations.
TKK Fried Chicken and Kung Fu Tea have collaborated before — the pair has joint locations in New York’s Flatiron neighborhood; Richardson, Texas; and Quincy. And according to its website, TKK Fried Chicken is also planning expansion in several other American markets, including Rochester Hills, Michigan; Nashua, New Hampshire; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Philadelphia; Houston; and Williamsburg, Virginia.
TKK Fried Chicken — which originated in the Wanhua District of Taipei, Taiwan, in 1974 — operates more than 60 restaurants across Taiwan, as well as two shops in Shanghai. The chain specializes in fried chicken, serving tenders, wings, breasts, thighs, drumsticks, and fried chicken sandwiches. Side dishes include mashed potatoes, coleslaw, curly fries, crunchy cheese curds, and shishito peppers.
The chicken comes in three different preparations — original, crispy mild, and crispy hot. Eater NY critic Robert Sietsema loves it, writing “For god’s sake, get the crispy spicy!” He also loves the biscuit and the “really, really good” kwa kwa bao, “an invention that’s become a signature of the chain,” which is a ball of sticky rice packed with mushrooms, sealed in chicken skin, and fried.
The Super 88 food hall is already one of the best places to eat in greater Boston. Adding delicious fried chicken to the mix will only make that more true.
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