Popeye's be damned, there's new fried chicken coming to town: Called TKK Fried Chicken, it's a concept from Taiwan that will open its first outlet in Texas in Richardson, as part of a partnership with Kung Fu Tea, the rapidly expanding bubble tea chain.
Kung Fu, which specializes in tea, milk, and fruit-based beverages with a wide selection of toppings including bubbles, beans, jellies, and pudding, is also from Taiwan, and has been franchising across Texas.
In 2018, Kung Fu forged a deal with TKK Fried Chicken, a fellow Taiwanese brand, to help bring its chicken to the U.S.
Founded in 1974, TKK Fried Chicken specializes in fried chicken and other comfort foods with bold, authentic flavors. They hav 66 locations in Taiwan, two in Shanghai, and opened their first U.S. location in New York City, in partnership with Kung Fu Tea, in late 2018.
As of now, they have three locations in the U.S.: one in New York and two in the Boston area. Four more are coming soon, all in the Northeast.
The TKK location coming to Dallas will open in the Kung Fu Tea in Richardson, at 2067 N. Central Expy., which closed temporarily in late August for remodeling and installation of new equipment to accommodate the fried chicken deal.
TKK's menu features:
- fried chicken
- chicken wings
- "crunchy" tenders
- chicken sandwich
Marinated in a vinegar spice mix for 12 hours, the chicken comes in original, crispy mild, and crispy spicy.
You can get it by the piece or in combo meals with choices such as biscuits, coleslaw, and curly fries.
They have two notably unique items:
- Crunchy Cheese Curds. Deep-fried golden brown cheddar cheese bites with a buttery crunch made with yellow and white Wisconsin cheddar cheese. Sort of like gourmet mozzarella sticks.
- Kwa Kwa Bao. Like a fried fritter, shaped like an egg roll, made from sticky rice with bits of shiitake mushrooms and pork stuffed in golden fried chicken skin. OMG seriously.
Other sides include blistered shishito peppers; mashed potatoes with beef gravy; charred corn; and sweet potato fries. There's also a seasonal salad and a chicken Caesar salad.
Drinks include a Coca-Cola freestyle machine, plus beer and wine, and of course Kung Fu's complete line of bubble teas.
A representative from the company said that, for now, Richardson would be the only DFW-area Kung Fu to add a TKK fried chicken outlet. "It's the only one with room," she said.
The joint concepts will open in the fall, once construction is complete.