How fried chicken was meant to be
On our way down to Kiama for the long weekend, we stopped by Thirroul to check out the ‘Princess’ Pashley bike at one of the few stores in New South Wales that stocks that brand. It also happened to be lunch time and afterwards we hungrily prowled the streets for a place to eat.
Well, okay, that’s not quite true.
We ambled along the road and a couple of stores down from the bike shop, we found ourselves at a pretty big sit-down, take-away corner store called Kings Charcoal Chicken (imagine your average kebab store and multiply that space by 5).
Two of the guys ordered the Southern Fried Chicken Burger and I was told that it was generously sauced and the chicken was cooked almost to perfection.
Minh and I had a hankering for a deep fried chicken and so split a 7-pack, complete with large chips. The batter was fried to an awesome crisp, the chicken was deliciously fleshy, tender and juicy.
As much as we loved the chicken, we struggled to finish the pack and had to enlist the help from one of the guys, who was all too happy to comply.
The chips were okay, but tasted better with lashings of the gravy. I still can’t get over how big the servings were though. We also struggled to finish the chips and again the guys happily helped out (what would we do without them?).
The Portuguese chicken burger had the perfect ratio of chilli sauce and mayo to the rest of the burger. The guys said that tasted like an Oportos burger, which I take to be a good thing because everyone I know who loves chilli loves Oportos. Kings Charcoal Chicken seemed pretty consistent with their wonderfully moist and tender chicken, no matter if it was in a burger or a box of 7.
I kind of have a love-hate relationship with KFC: I love the idea of deep fried chicken, but I hate the bloated, greasy feeling I usually get after eating a 2-piece meal. I was kind of surprised to find that I didn’t get that here (and I had about 3 pieces!), I was full but content. Minh had KFC to sate her fried chicken cravings several days later and sighed that “it just wasn’t the same”.
Thirroul, it would seem, is more than meets the eye – hiding a gem of a fried chicken place.
Kings Charcoal Chicken
Lawrence Hargrave Drive
Thirroul, NSW, 2515
Ph: 02 4267 4759