Fuku, the fried chicken chain from celebrity New York chef David Chang, will officially debut in Houston this week.
Thanks to the technology, Houstonians won’t have to queue to get their hands on a Fuku chicken sandwich – the chain’s Houston outpost will be open only for delivery. The fast, casual eatery will arrive in Houston via Ghost Kitchen operated by REEF, a national company that helps “food entrepreneurs, local restaurants and national restaurant brands quickly open and grow their delivery businesses.”
For the unknown, Chang opened Fuku’s first outpost in the Hudson Yards development in New York City in 2015. The restaurant’s signature chicken sandwich began as a secret offering on the menu at Chang’s beloved restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar, and has since grown into a primarily delivery-only restaurant chain in cities like Miami, Washington, DC, and now Dallas and Houston.
Food wise, expect an extremely tight menu in Fuku, mostly centered around juicy, cured fried chicken with habaneros. There are five different types of sandwiches, including a chicken burger topped with American cheese and the “CBR,” which adds buttermilk ranch, pickles and crispy bacon to the formula. The menu also offers fried waffles and sweet and spicy chicken fillets.
Also, don’t confuse this fried chicken supplier with the restaurant formerly known as Fuku. In March, Eater reported that chefs Patrick Pham and Daniel Lee had a new sushi restaurant in Houston in the works called Fuku, but the duo have since changed the name of the restaurant.
When Fuku debuts in Houston, his chicken sandwiches will be available through all major delivery apps, including DoorDash, Grubhub, and UberEats. Proceeds from the first day of sale will be donated to the Southern Smoke Foundation of Houston, for which Chang won a million dollar donation during his appearance on the game show. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
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