Now with the newly opened Pudong branch of The Funky Chicken, homesick expats on both sides of the Huangpu can sate their longing for rotisserie chicken. The chickens themselves are actually raised in China, but these are no gangly Chinese cluckers, but rather the busty, double-wide, sumo wrestlers of the poultry kingdom that used to grace our Western family tables. So with the urge to rekindle the childhood joy of tearing into that crackling skin of our Sunday roast welling up, we hailed a cab to Pudong.
Not Chicken Little
The Funky Chicken’s menu reads like a chicken encyclopedia with every chicken-related dish from American classics like spicy BBQ wings with blue cheese sauce (45RMB for six wings) to Sichuan chicken skewers (35RMB for three).
Depending on how many are in your party, we advise going for either the quarter (35RMB), half (60RMB), or whole chicken (118RMB), which can be prepped in several different ways (all listed on the website’s menu). Being only two people, we went for the original-style half-chicken with a side of oh-so-nostalgic garlic mashed potatoes, and a mug of cold San Miguel brew on tap (48RMB) – which we were pleased to discover is buy-one-get-one-free from 2-8pm.
Our half-chicken’s thunderous thigh and implant-worthy breast touched down at our table just like back home, minus the squabbles with siblings over who gets which. The leg was as crispy and lush as we remember, while the breast was, well, as desert-dry and “white-bread” as we remember. The only component that didn’t add up was the mashed potatoes, which could’ve used a dash of salt and some cream or butter to give it some body.
Shanghai has no shortage of great chicken and you can probably do better than The Funky Chicken in both flavor and price within a five minute walk from your flat at the neighborhood wet market. But if you’re like us and Western-style roast chicken nights rank among some of your fondest childhood eating memories, than hop across the river and dig in. And if you really want to simulate family chicken night, you can have them deliver the bird to your door via Sherpa’s!
The Funky Chicken – 58 Weifang Xi Lu, near Pudong Nan Lu (潍坊西路58号, 近浦东南路). Tel: (0)21-2206-3070.
See a complete list of our reviews here.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].