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Michael Mina Launches Delivery-Only Hot Chicken Pop-Up

Tokyo Hot Chicken combines the Nashville classic with Japanese flavors

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Celebrity chef Michael Mina is getting into the hot chicken game with a new delivery-only virtual restaurant that recently launched in San Diego. The MINA Group’s Tokyo Hot Chicken is a pop-up eatery that combines the iconic Nashville specialty with karaage, or classic Japanese-style fried chicken.

Using Mina’s International Smoke at One Paseo as a ghost kitchen, Tokyo Hot Chicken’s menu features buckets of chicken (a mix of drums, wings, thighs); chicken tenders; or a chicken slider served on a togarashi Parker House roll with a kimchi slaw and spicy Kewpie mayo. Option dipping sauces and seasonings include hot sauce with chili and yuzu, matcha sea salt, yuzu kosho honey, and chukka tare with soy, sesame, and chili. Sides range from furikake French fries to wasabi mashed potatoes, red miso corn, dashi-braised kale, and cookies studded with sesame, coconut, chocolate, and walnuts.

The restaurant group tells Eater that they’re planning to run the pop-up indefinitely. Exclusive to San Diego, the items are available via DoorDash although the current delivery range is limited to within six miles of International Smoke.

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