Today We Try to Hack Yardbird Hong Kong’s KFC (that’s Korean Fried Cauliflower)

December 16, 2019

Hats off to Yardbird Hong Kong for being the talk of town for months now. In a bustling city where the culinary scene is cutthroat and fierce, Yardbird still seems to be one of the restaurants most people are keen on trying when visiting Hong Kong. I won’t say their food’s my favorite, but they do have exceptional customer service and the hottest servers, too.

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Yardbird is known for their yakitori, but they also have some other items on the menu such as Sweet Corn Tempura, Garlic Fried Chicken with Kewpie, and the crowd-pleasing Korean Fried Cauliflower, which my dinner companions forced me into agreeing to after rounds of whisky, cocktails, and beer. Its popularity has spread internationally with some local restaurant concepts incorporating a similar recipe in their menus—we’re looking at you Green Pastures.

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Biting into these piping hot deep-fried cauliflower fritters is oddly comforting. I am not fond of spicy food, but the searing heat brought by the sweet-spicy glaze makes me reach out for another one just as soon us I consume my first. Lightly-battered and crisp, (not to mention, fairly healthy, too….I think), this version of the not-so-popular veg will be an instant hit on any dinner table. Check out our attempt to hack Yardbird’s KFC recipe below! It’s pretty darn close—and spicy!

Yardbird KFC (Korean Fried Cauliflower) Food Hack

Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients: Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower (get the imported kind), cut into florets
  • sweet & spicy soy glaze (recipe below)
  • cooking oil, for deep frying

Ingredients: Sweet & Spicy Soy Glaze

  • 1/4 cup premium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup gochujang
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp yuzu or calamansi juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt
  • toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

Procedure: Sweet & Spicy Soy Glaze

  1. Put all of the glaze ingredients in a pot.
  2. Simmer until syrupy.

Ingredients: Batter

  • 2/3 cup tempura flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup (or more) iced water

Procedure: Batter

  1. Mix together all the flours together.
  2. Whisk in iced water until a thick, pancake batter-like consistency is achieved.
  3. Keep cold by storing in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Procedure: KFC

  1. Rinse and dry cauliflower florets.
  2. Dip florets in batter and deep-fry in batches for 3-4 minutes until the exterior is crisp and light brown in color.
  3. Drain off excess oil with paper towels.
  4. Toss in the sweet & spicy soy glaze.
  5. Transfer to serving plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. Serve immediately.
Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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4 responses to “Today We Try to Hack Yardbird Hong Kong’s KFC (that’s Korean Fried Cauliflower)”

  1. Jen says:

    They have something like this in The Girl and the Bull in BF Paranaque!

  2. grace says:

    What is gochujang and where to get it? 🙂

  3. Carl Tomacruz says:

    Is it ok if I substitute gochujang with doenjang?

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