Indonesia’s Japanese fast food chain HokBen launches fried chicken

After more than 30 years of serving its customers with a variety of katsu and other deep-fried delicacies, aside from the signature teriyaki and yakiniku chicken and beef, Indonesian Japanese fast-food chain HokBen is finally launching its own crispy fried chicken. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media
After more than 30 years of serving its customers with a variety of katsu and other deep-fried delicacies, aside from the signature teriyaki and yakiniku chicken and beef, Indonesian Japanese fast-food chain HokBen is finally launching its own crispy fried chicken. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

After more than 30 years of serving its customers with a variety of katsu and other deep-fried delicacies, aside from the signature teriyaki and yakiniku chicken and beef, Indonesian Japanese fast-food chain HokBen is finally launching its own crispy fried chicken.

The HokBen Fried Chicken promises juicy and crunchy chicken with “special seasonings a la Japan.” As someone who enjoys anything from HokBen in general, we tried the new dish today to see if it can compete with established fast food fried chicken connoisseurs in Indonesia.

We ordered the a la carte HokBen Fried Chicken (IDR43,000), which comprises two pieces of chicken cuts, through an online food delivery app. In our case, we chose chicken breast and wings, and we couldn’t help but think the bird was probably monstrous when it was alive, as the pieces were rather large.

While we couldn’t identify the Japanese elements in the flavor, we felt that the HokBen Fried Chicken is quite salty with thick batter underneath the crispy outer layer. However, we were pretty impressed that the chicken stayed crunchy after quite a while since we received it from our ojol driver.

As seen on online food delivery apps, prices for the HokBen Fried Chicken range from IDR25,000 for one piece of a la carte chicken, IDR57,000 for a package of two pieces of chicken with rice, salad, and iced lemon tea, and IDR172,000 for the nine-piece a la carte chicken.

US$1 = IDR14,414

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