Freebird Chicken Shack: Chicken Cracklin’
Freebird Chicken Shack is Angus An’s Asian-style rotisserie chicken offering in New Westminster’s River Market. The sister restaurant of Longtail Kitchen, Freebird recently moved from their cramped store to the more spacious digs of the old Wally’s Burgers location across the way.
I’ve been to Freebird previously and tried both their rotisserie and Hainan chicken but I felt like I needed to try some of their new menu creations. Before they moved, I dropped by and ordered their Khao Tom Gai ($8) which is a Thai rice soup with chicken, coriander, ginger and a soy-cured egg. I loved the tingling feeling of the ginger going down my throat as I enjoyed the soup.
Speaking of their Hainan Chicken ($11)… this also comes in a larger size for $15. As it was, there was an ample amount of cold, tender chicken in this dish enhanced with a tangy dipping sauce.
While they have more seating in their new digs, I still prefer to take their food to the communal seating area in the River Market as you get much better natural light coming in from the boardwalk.
I added some insanely crispy and crunchy Tom Yum Chicken Cracklin’ ($5). These pieces of deliciousness are sprinkled with tom yum spice and are both salty and savory at the same time. They also leave a spicy tingle in your mouth.
I dropped in again in the beginning of May to try another one of their new menu items… the Rotisserie Chicken Pho ($11). They pair their tender rotisserie chicken with beef balls and add basil, bean sprouts, and a lime wedge alongside rice noodles.
This is different than a traditional pho but still good nonetheless.
Seriously loved the crispy garlic and how the rice noodles glistened in the broth.
When I heard that they added fried chicken to their menu, I had to come back and give that a go… this is their Turmeric Fried Chicken with roti and curry dipping sauce ($11). They fried the chicken fresh when I ordered it.
Served with pickled radish and carrots as well as cucumber slices, the roti had a nice crispness to the exterior. I loved the crunchy coating of the fried chicken as it kept the chicken meat moist on the inside. The boneless chicken pieces were flattened and looked like they would be great in a sandwich.
With the long, hazy days of summer, I was looking for something cool and refreshing. What could be better than a cold Soba Noodle Salad ($12)? The thin buckwheat noodles were dressed in a savory sesame sauce and mixed with tomatoes, pickled carrots and cucumber, radish, and a bit of bean sprouts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and a soy egg.
Oh, and did I mention that they have shredded rotisserie chicken in this salad too? This is actually a good sized dish and the cold noodles are a refreshing change with the hot weather we’ve been having lately.
As I mentioned previously, their turmeric fried chicken would make for a great sandwich. Here it is… the Turmeric Fried Chicken Sandwich ($9) complete with pickled veggies.
If you’re in the mood for something that’s a little more veggie orientated, they offer up a Roasted Vegetable Curry ($12) with roti and a side of fried brussels sprouts. The curry is spot on and includes cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and potatoes. My only issue with the curry is that the cauliflower pieces were quite large so they were difficult to eat. If they cut the pieces down a bit, it would have been much easier.
If you find yourself in River Market, make sure to drop by and try some of their innovative dishes. Damn, that Chicken Cracklin’ tho!
810 Quayside Drive
New Westminster, BC
Posted on October 2, 2017, in Fusion, Restaurant Review, Thai and tagged Chicken, Food, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Fusion, Hainanese Chicken, New Westminster, Pho, restaurant review, Roasted Vegetable Curry, Soba Noodle Salad, Thai, Tom Yum Chicken Cracklin'. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.