It was THIS chicken that span the whole chain of Shilin XXL chicken chains around Singapore – which by the way, where are they now?
Those who have eaten the Shilin-Singapore version would know that this is one big piece of chicken cutlet sprinkled with salty and spicy powder. The difference is the Taiwan version is not cut up and there are bones inside. So there’s where the Singapore version got it different and right.
This stall is hardly to be missed when you are at 士林夜市, it’s the stall with a short queue facing the main road. (By the way, if you are taking the train over, please stop at Jian Tan 剑谭Station and not Shilin.) There are several branches around Taipei, so worry not if you don’t find this.
More than 10 years of history. This chicken cutlet is extremely huge; flatten from a chunk of chicken breast meat. The bones are kept, so there is kind of an ‘authenticity’ there which does not make you feel you are eating some factory-made snack. Unlike some versions in Singapore, the chicken skin with light crumbs stick closely to the meat.
Share this with a few friends. Because once you have this, you may not have appetite for other goodies at the night market. No doubt it’s tastier and juicier, but it’s too big for me to take. And I am glad the local version is really not too far off.
Hao Da Chicken Cutlet 豪大大鸡排, Shilin Night Market 士林夜市, Taipei, Taiwan