Food Hack: Hot Star Taiwanese Fried Chicken

March 15, 2019

Anyone who has visited Taipei’s night market knows what I’m talking about when I say that Hot Star’s XXL Chicken is more of an experience than a meal. It’s big, heavy, and slightly intimidating to eat, but it’s also juicy, tender, and packed with flavor.

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Also known as Hao Da Ji Pai, Hot Star first opened its doors for business in 1992. They had one goal, to serve delicious food that was both “authentically Taiwanese and amazingly addictive.” And guess what? They succeeded. From their first humble local branch, they’ve then expanded globally. Hot Star now has establishments in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.

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Aside from the flavor and texture, Hot Star’s monster chicken steaks are best known for their insane size. Each is around 30cm long. For our Food Hack to succeed, we needed chicken breasts of sufficient heft and thickness to butterfly. Fortunately, Bounty Fresh chicken breasts more than met our needs size-wise.

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Food Hack: Hot Star Taiwanese Fried Chicken

Total Time: 30 minutes | Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients for the Chicken

  • 2 pcs Bounty Fresh chicken breasts (whole, with bone)
  • Flour
  • 1 egg
  • Kamote flour
  • Oil for deep-frying

Ingredients for the Marinade

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

Ingredients for the Seasoning Powder

  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


  1. Divide each of the Bounty Fresh chicken breasts into two, removing the soft bone/cartilage but retaining the harder rib bone. Use a sharp knife to carefully butterfly the breast meat.
  2. Marinate the chicken breast for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Mix together all the ingredients for the seasoning powder and set aside.
  4. Dredge the marinated chicken fillets in flour, then dip it in egg, and finally coat each with kamote flour.
  5. Deep fry the chicken for 5-6 minutes or until completely cooked.
  6. Drain the fried chicken on paper towels to remove any excess oil. Flavor the fillets with the seasoning powder and serve immediately.
  7. Serve warm.
Lars Roxas Lars Roxas

Laurence is a twenty-something turtle pretending to be a writer. In the past, he has worked as a warehouse clerk, Apple genius, martial arts instructor, copywriter, editor, english teacher, and personal trainer. He can’t swim or ride a bike, but he's done Judo on three continents. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Occasionally, his stories appear in real actual books. He makes awesome waffles.

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10 responses to “Food Hack: Hot Star Taiwanese Fried Chicken”

  1. kel says:

    where can I buy Kamote Flour?

    • hylander says:

      Chinese food stores near Seng Guan Buddhist Temple in Narra street Tondo Manila have good quality Kamote Flour. They form these rock-salt-like clumps that crumble when pressed, but you’d almost still want them to still be clumped together (and not finely sifted) for better crunch upon deep frying.

    • stranger says:

      I’ve seen one in SM Savemore

  2. cutedoc says:

    we’ve been doing taiwan chicken but we are adding egg for the kamote starch to stick better, and we double fry it for a more crunch=)

  3. CARMES ✯ says:

    Bookmarking for future reference. ☺

  4. marian says:

    Can you please hack one of my all time favorite, Pizza hut’s (New Orlean) chicken wings, using Bounty fresh wings of course.. I love it but i seldom order it because it’s really pricey with the size of the wings, I get disappointed everytime i see the chicken wings like just a half wing. Can you please hack those mild spicy wings.. 🙂

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  8. Tracey says:

    This TFC chicken is INSANELY good!!!

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