Taiwan’s Monga Fried Chicken to open first UK store

Monga Fried Chicken’s central London branch to open on Jan. 27

(Image from Monga's Facebook)

(Image from Monga's Facebook)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Popular Taiwanese restaurant chain Monga Fried Chicken (艋舺雞排) is set to open its first European branch in London on January 27.

The new branch is located at 12 Macclesfield Street in central London’s Chinatown.

Monga is known for its crispy Taiwanese-style fried chicken, with cutlets marinated in honey before being fried coated in a wet batter. The dish will be available with five seasonings including a spicy dry rub and seaweed, reported Eater.

The restaurant is named after Taipei’s cultural Wanhua District, which was previously known as “Monga” (艋舺). The district is home to the newly-named national monument Lungshan Temple, historic Red House Theater, and Ximending shopping district.

Monga has 39 restaurants across Taiwan, one in Houston, U.S. and one in Toronto, Canada. The restaurant is expected to also open a new site in the Philippines sometime this year. Further expansion in the U.S. is also under consideration.

In December 2018, iconic Taiwanese dim sum chain Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) opened its first Europe store and U.K. flagship in Covent Garden, London.