It might seem like Taiwanese “large” fried chicken is a brand new thing in Vancouver, but if you’ve hit up the Richmond Night Market in the past couple of summers you may be familiar with the hard-working mother-daughter team behind the Big G stand.
Now Big G has a permanent year-round home in Richmond, where they are frying up truly the ginormous big-as-your-head chicken breasts that are Taiwanese large fried chicken, along with fun (and fried) sides.
The large chicken may also be called “chicken steak,” thanks to its epic size (like, seriously, it makes your hand look small) and overall thinness.
Big G uses hormone-free chicken that is insanely juicy, butterflies and flattens it, and fries it to order, with your choice of two “toppings,” which you can get one per side. Flavoured toppings come in the form of powders–like a New Orleans-style Cajun or the salty-umami bomb seaweed–or sauces–such as good ol’ fashioned ketchup or a housemade teriyaki-style BBQ sauce.
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The big chicken comes in a paper sleeve (perfect for carrying around) or if you choose to dine in, you can get a plate and attack it with a knife and fork. While it might seem like it’s impossible to get through all that chicken, the rib bones remain on the portion and take up some of that fried chicken (un)real estate.
Big G’s name, incidentally, comes from the Mandarin word for chicken (“ji”). And Big G is kinda the OG when it comes to Taiwanese large fried chicken, so it all makes perfect sense.
But back to the food: If you can tackle heaps more fried goodness, Big G’s matriarch–a trained chef in Taiwanese and Japanese cuisine–is putting out paper sleeves of fried mushroom, popcorn chicken (another Taiwanese specialty), and some of the damn finest yam fries you can get your greasy fingers on.
Big G’s menu also embraces Richmond’s ubiquitous favourite treat, milk teas, and they will also be frying up a slightly sweet bun soon, too. Plans are in the works to offer combo deals–because you do want fries with that–and for those who worry Big G’s Night Market days are over, fear not: They’ll be frying up all summer long once again this year, too.
Address: #1231-8338 Capstan Way, Richmond