Chicken karaage is ubiquitous in Japan, and you will find it everywhere. It’s not only a common food at parties and events but is also often seen in restaurants and at Izakaya (Japanese style bars). However Usa City hails itself as the birthplace of karaage specialized restaurants, and less than 30 minutes away, Nakatsu city advertises itself as a ‘karaage mecca’. The restaurants all have their own method of marinating their chicken including garlic, ginger infused soy sauce and of course their own blends of original spices. Usa and Nakatsu karaage is well-known and you can even see food stalls selling it at various events around Kyushu. Additionally once a year, Nakatsu hosts a large Karaage festival with shops from both Usa and Nakatsu. Come along and see if you can taste the difference and find your favourite style!
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