Famous Taiwanese large fried chicken spot opening first Metro Vancouver location this week

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Hot Star, a world-famous Taiwanese fried chicken restaurant, is finally opening its doors this week in Metro Vancouver, offering cutlets as big as your head.

The hot star at Hot Star is their 30-cm wide fried chicken cutlet, which is a popular night market snack. The large fried chicken and more will be available at their first-ever B.C. location opening in Richmond at 1623-4791 McClelland Road on Thursday, May 2.

Hot Star first opened in Taiwan in 1992, and has slowly been expanding their global presence. In 2015 they hit the Canadian market, but their expansion to B.C. has been anticipated for nearly two years.

On the menu at Hot Star is fried chicken in multiple varieties with a choice of seasonings, including a fiery Korean style, stuffed with cheese or with a crispy coating.

You can also get fried chicken combos, as well as Taiwanese popcorn chicken bites. Sides include regular french fries, fried King Oyster mushrooms, or fried plum sweet potato wedges.

Check out what you’re in for at Hot Star:

With files from Alyse Kotyk/Richmond News

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom