East Bay: Asian-inspired fried chicken at Lou’s Chicken Shop in Moraga

Across the East Bay, you’ll find countless examples of Southern or hot fried chicken sandwiches.

But few are focusing on Asian flavors. In Moraga, Chef Louis Kao is glazing his crispy chicken sammies in caramel fish sauce or garlic soy and topping them with things like pickled daikon. Kao opened Lou’s Chicken Shop at the end of April inside his former fusion ramen restaurant, Noodle Theory, at 376 Park St. Opening hours are for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Fridays, with weekend hours coming soon.

Kao says a sudden staffing shortage was the impetus for closing Noodle Theory, which he opened in Moraga in 2018. (The original Noodle Theory in Oakland’s Rockridge district is still open for dinner). He was down to himself and one other chef, and says there was no way they could manage Noodle Theory’s long list of from-scratch curries and broths on their own.

“We wanted something that was singular and garnishable,” he says. “And we saw something that was needed in the community.”

Everything on the new menu is still made from scratch. You’ll find four types of fried chicken — the aforementioned caramel fish sauce in addition to garlic soy, Japanese-style karaage and buttermilk herb — available as a sandwich ($13), atop jalapeno cabbage slaw ($13) or on a plate ($15) with Japanese rice and Hawaiian-style macaroni salad. Kao always uses Mary’s organic chicken and Semifreddi’s bread.

Also look for sides, like honey jalapeño tater tots with miso dashi ranch, plus local craft beers and sake. And, stay tuned: Next month, Kao’s brother, Richard, will take over operations of Lou’s Chicken Shop. He plans to add menu items and expand to weekend hours while Louis Kao focuses on his Rockridge restaurant and a soon-to-open cafe in Alameda.


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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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