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Where to find finger lickin’ fried chicken

From Asian wings to Southern-style American, fried chicken can be found in many guises in this town. We found the freshest and crunchiest

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Barn Barn
Beyond the Russian Market, behind an unassuming shopfront, lies Barn Barn and its tasty Singaporean chicken, served crunchy fried as cutlets accompanied by rice ($3) or chips ($4) and salad. Be warned if you are especially wanting a deep-fried chicken cutlet, because if you simply order “fried chicken” they will assume you mean pan-fried chicken ($3). Which, for the record, is just as tasty. Either way, with its delicious barbecuey sauce, Barn Barn’s soft and juicy chicken is fingerlickin’ good.
#174 Street 454. Open Monday to Saturday, 8am until 5pm

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Tom Yung Kung
A great accompaniment to deep-fried chicken is Thai somtam, or green papaya salad. The fresh flavours of the salad provide a lovely counterpoint to the meaty flavour of the chicken and the acidic juice cuts right through the oil. Remarkably, there are only a few decent Thai restaurants in Phnom Penh and even fewer that do both somtam and deep fried chicken well. Tom Yum Kung is one of them. Their chicken wings ($2.50) are lightly spiced and cooked crispy on the outside with the flesh still moist, and their somtam ($1.50) is great too.
#10 Street 278. Open 7am until 10pm

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Cadillac Bar and Grill
First, a word of explanation: In the souther United States, “chicken-fried steak” refers to beef steak breaded in flour and pan-fried. Not chicken. But Cadillac Bar and Grill is now giving the same treatment to a chicken breast. Their chicken-fried chicken ($9.50), smothered in gravy, is comfort food at its finest and made all the more enjoyable by the accompanying mashed potatoes and veggies. And remember, these are American-style portions, so be prepared to dig in.
Cadillac Bar and Grill, #219 Sisowath Quay. Open 7:30am until 11pm

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There are two good reasons to spend an evening at Liquid Bar: the pool table and the fried chicken wings ($3.50). Served neatly stacked with a saucer of sweet chilli, amid fried garlic and coriander crumble, these Asian-style wings make an ideal snack between shots. The only problem is that there is simply not enough of them in one serving. If you buy a single plate to share, expect fights to break out. And make sure you give your fingers a wipe and chalk up before you try and sink the black.
#3B Street 278. Open 9am until midnight

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An unlikely place for such delectable chicken, this Japanese restaurant/tattoo parlour, will keep you coming back. Heavenly chicken deep fried in a batter mixed with ginger and garlic, among other spices, it comes in a variety of ways either on top of your delicious Japanese curry ($5), as a snack with cabbage salad and a slice of tomato ($2), or as part of a set, served with salad, steamed rice, spicy cucumber and miso soup ($5). A chilled out place to stop in for a quick snack and chat or tat.
#128 Street 19. Open 10am to 10pm



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