The chicken sandwich wars are heating up again. Last year, New York City practically ODed on deep-fried poultry after Chick-fil-A, Shake Shack, and Fuku—a new restaurant from Momofuku mastermind David Chang—all decided to sell their own take on the chicken sandwich in the five boroughs. While the battle had died down in recent months, October has seen a new wave of escalation hit the streets.
Earlier this month, Shake Shack debuted a new "Salt-n-Pepper Honey Chick'n Sandwich” in Brooklyn, and now Fuku seems to be responding to the item by releasing its own glazed chicken sandwich.
According to Grub Street, the item is a spin on the “Sweet and Spicy Fuku Fingers” sold at Chang's Fuku+ in Midtown. The new sandwich is made with brined chicken thighs that are then marinated in habanero puree, and topped with a combination of soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, mirin, and gojuchang—the chef’s take on a fermented red pepper paste found in Korean cuisine.
Chang teased a photo of the sandwich on Instagram Monday, revealing that the dish would be an “off-menu” item and available at the 1st Avenue location starting Tuesday.
Though Chick-fil-A just re-introduced its original barbecue sauce, we’ll just have to wait for the OG fried chicken sandwich chain to debut its own glazed bird.
[via Grub Street]