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Belle: I have a love/hate relationship with eating fried chicken. It is easily one of my ‘go to’ food when I am craving for junk food. And it is because of this reason that I try to stay away from it whenever possible. But I couldn’t resist the promise of a 30cm piece of fried chicken from Hot Star.

Hot Star opened their first store in Sydney at the beginning of the month (Melbourne was their first Australian store) and this Taiwanese franchise is already attracting long queues since opening.  I spoke to Cassey, the manager of the store and she told me they were selling over 700 pieces of fried chicken a day.

Cassey took me to the back of the store to show me where all the food was prepped. I liked the fact that their chicken is 100% Australian chicken breast with no meat glue involved. At $7.90 a piece, it is worth every cent. What sets this fried chicken apart is the batter and the seasoning. The tapioca flour coating makes the batter super crunchy. After the crunchiness it gets nice and chewy after a few bites. And their seasoning is a mix of chili, seaweed, salt, pepper and plum. There is also the option to try the original fried chicken with additional spices: little spiciy, medium spicy, spicy or extra spicy. I really enjoyed this piece of chicken, but I will have to warn, it is very filling and highly addictive.

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Along with the fried chicken we also had a few of their sides. The Chicken Bites ($5.9) are a small sample of the large fried chicken with hints of their seasoning and some addition of deep fried basil leaves.

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I couldn’t say no to the Mushrooms ($4.9), which were cut in bite sized pieces. But I wished there was more seasoning to it. Just make sure it is cooled down before you eat it, or you might see yourself burnt from the scolding hot juices.

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Sweet Potato Fries ($3.9).

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Hot Star is a fast food outlet that I will come back to and I can already see myself stopping here after a night out in the city.

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96 Liverpool St, Sydney 2000.

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Opening Hours: Sunday til Thursday 10am – 12am, Friday til Saturday 10am – 2am.

Disclaimer: The Lamstock was invited by Harvey Publicity and Hot Star Australia to sample their menu. Opinions are however, our own.

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