Now that that pun is out of the way, let’s get to the heart of the batter.
Well, another year is upon us, and you all know what that means: the 12th Karaage Grand Prix was held by the Japan Karaage Association. This tournament determines the very best in Japanese-style fried chicken nuggets and strips in the country.
The competition has been around since 2010, but in recent years it has taken on a new importance. Due to COVID-related dining restrictions, the easy to take-out nature of karaage has triggered a boom in street-side stands. Many shops that once served cups of “tapioca” bubble tea now emit the savory smell of fried chicken.
This year all eyes were on the winners in each of the four categories, but surprisingly almost everyone won!
▼ “Every karaage restaurant has won the 12th Karaage Grand Prix. I was curious so I checked their website and laughed at how they use every trick in the book to give awards.”
The tweet goes on to point out that there is a distinct category for every possible way of selling karaage, from bentos to food stands to supermarkets. Furthermore, an award was given to each of the major convenience store chains: 7-Eleven, Family Mart, Lawson, and Mini Stop.
And when looking at the website, there is indeed a very long list of Karaage Grand Prix Award recipients even within each of the regional categories. One must also take into consideration the different seasoning categories like “salt” and “soy sauce” as well as the “New Wave” division, honoring up-and-comers in the field of …continue reading