Based in Taiwan, Hot Star Large Fried Chicken may be the largest piece of fried chicken you’ll eat. It is basically half the chicken breast, bone-in, pounded down to a flat piece, battered and deep fried.
When I was in Taiwan, I found the Hot Star stall in the famous Shilin Night Market, which I believe is their first and original location. However, there was a line up for it and having just landed in Taiwan, waiting in line for immigration was enough for me to not line up for food.
Needless to say, if you are in Taiwan’s Shilin Night Market, line up for this as you can get probably two pieces of fried chicken for the price of one here in Toronto.
When Hot Star opened in Toronto, it had a long line up for days and weeks. Now, the only line up here is waiting for your fried chicken after you place your order. It was a 20 minute wait.
I got the original large fried chicken with seaweed seasoning (you can also choose pepper salt or spicy). I did find the chicken very moist and tender on the inside, crispy on the outside. Too oily though. Also, be caution once you start eating as it’s very hot and be caution about the bone towards the end.
It was good, but not worth the $10.
Hot Star Large Fried Chicken
374A Yonge St.