Rakiraki owner Junya Watanabe is so proud of his fried chicken that he’s launching it under a brand new label later this week at his Convoy Street ramen shop. Junya’s Crispy Karaage, or JCK, fulfills Watanabe’s years-long mission of perfecting his version of Japanese-style fried chicken. He spent part of the recipe development process in Tokyo with his mentor, chef Kazuhito Higuchi of the two Michelin-starred Higuchi.
Marinated for 48 hours in organic fermented soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and other seasonings, the chicken is coated in 22 spices, double-fried, and served with ponzu as well as a house sauce based on Kewpie mayo.
The JCK menu offers original or spicy karaage in a variety of dishes including sliders, curry rice, ramen, and sets ranging from the eight-piece Super Jumbo Box to the Dream Come True Bento Box filled with karaage, gyoza, Yokohama takoyaki, a Rakiraki Roll and Watanabe’s signature sauce.
To start, Junya’s Crispy Karaage lineup will be available at Rakiraki Convoy in limited quantities for dine-in as well as takeout service and will be rolled out at the Rakiraki locations in Mira Mesa, Liberty Station and San Francisco at a later date.