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Chicken Maru Restaurant

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by Telani Kumar (subscribe)
A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published September 3rd 2015
A new kind of KFC
Want kimichi with that? KFC has graced the streets of Hurstville for a long time, but only recently has a non-Kentucky kind of 'KFC' hit the town. Introducing finger-licking good Korean fried chicken!

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Fried chicken, kimchi, and bi bim bap.

So, this place is nothing short of funky fresh. You wouldn't think so considering the rather traditional pub beneath it (Tiger Bar). Splashes of yellow create a spacious and chirpy vibe. I really adore the egg seat. I need one at home!

The various trinkets across the shelves make Chicken Maru feel homely too. I'm not kidding when I say 'various' - a vintage camera, candles, bottles, a modern floral piece, and more. Collectors and lovers of cute and crafty items will enjoy this.

Now, I couldn't picture my life without fried chicken or Korean delicacies, so naturally I was a happy little Hurstville camper. So far I've ticked off trying their original fried chicken and bi bim bap. The chicken was tender and juicy. The batter was crispy, and a savoury food lover's paradise. It was served on a board too, meaning it stuck to today's hip cafe criteria.

Bi bim bap is one of my Korean favourites. It is a mixture of rice, sautéed vegetables, meat and egg, traditionally served in a stone bowl. Chicken Maru's version of this classic was as good as I know it. I decided to flare my share up with some chilli sauce however.

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A larger bi bim bap to share.

Traditionally Korean dining involves a complementary assortment of small side dishes. Thankfully Chicken Maru doesn't stray from this. Favourites such as the rather sweet fish cake, and the hot and tangy kimchi, only added more variety to the buffet of Asian flavours before us.

This large cosy restaurant, fresh on the Forest Road scene, is ideal for a leisurely lunch or dinner. Feast on an alternative kind of 'KFC' that is taking Sydney by storm. Chicken Maru delivers the best of this, and the best of your Korean faves. I can't wait to try the specially flavoured fried chicken.

Oh, and did I mention that they have coined Mondays "Chicken day"? Just a little parting note - Mondays mean all chicken and a free soft drink with your 'KFC'.
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Why? Finger-licking tasty.
When: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-2am.
Phone: 02 9570 2569
Where: Hurstville
Cost: Av. $20-35 / head
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