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    What chicken to buy in HK - and where?

    Hi guys,
    I used to be the guy buying up all the $18 chicken breasts discounted at Wellcome but after doing some research, i figured I should perhaps spend a bit more money and time to make sure I'm buying something that isn't just high in protein but also healthy too. So I've stopped buying the Chinese or Brazil chickens, been shopping around and found US chicken can be very cheap - discounted at $25 for 1kg of chicken leg steaks. Fair amount skin obviously but a lot meat too.

    I've also looked at Foodwise with prices ranging from $59-89 for 1kg of various cuts of Thai/Danish chicken with claims of "no hormones added".

    So, where do you buy your chicken and any tips? I'm quite suspicious of the US chicken - I've read that it's illegal to add hormones to US chicken but how can they ship to HK, sell it at a profit (with the original RRP of ard $49/1kg) and be so cheap?


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    US chicken is going to be your next cheapest option after China and Brazil.

    French whole chickens can be cheap ( er ish ) too

    Lung Wah foods is pretty decent but requires you have some decent freezer space.


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    We been buying chicken from HKTV mall. Both online and their MTR store. Got some good deal from time to time.

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    Try Danish whole chickens from Marketplace, Good quality and good value.

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    We always go for the 18 dollar 900g whole chicken (Sadia) out of Kia Bao. In fact I don't think you can beat Kia bao for value in anything. There are 3 packagings. Only choose the "Griller" option in the Green or White covers. Tried the Yellow ( not a griller ) and it was disappointing.
    Wash it, dry it, rub in your seasoning with a little oil then 160c on the middle shelf for an hour. Our oven is a worktop unit not built in.
    Perfect and juicy every time. Sometime they have larger 1.5 - 2 kg birds but they are Hens ( older chickens that have laid all the eggs they can then culled for meat ) and although they can be more flavoursome in some conditions they require attention to detail when cooking as they are considerably tougher due to age. We do them slow cooked with sauces.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMatrix0101:
    We been buying chicken from HKTV mall. Both online and their MTR store. Got some good deal from time to time.
    Do check the sellers' names. Sometimes the sellers' also have their own website and sometimes there are price variances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David4Maths:
    We always go for the 18 dollar 900g whole chicken (Sadia) out of Kia Bao. In fact I don't think you can beat Kia bao for value in anything. There are 3 packagings. Only choose the "Griller" option in the Green or White covers. Tried the Yellow ( not a griller ) and it was disappointing.
    Wash it, dry it, rub in your seasoning with a little oil then 160c on the middle shelf for an hour. Our oven is a worktop unit not built in.
    Perfect and juicy every time. Sometime they have larger 1.5 - 2 kg birds but they are Hens ( older chickens that have laid all the eggs they can then culled for meat ) and although they can be more flavoursome in some conditions they require attention to detail when cooking as they are considerably tougher due to age. We do them slow cooked with sauces.
    Do note that

    1) Those are chickens from Brazil and

    2) Kia Bo doesn't have the best rep for food safety

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    locals have said they have suspect storage practices

    https://www.search.gov.hk/result?ui_...AS%3Ad1&page=2


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    Quote Originally Posted by chichow:
    US chicken is going to be your next cheapest option after China and Brazil.

    French whole chickens can be cheap ( er ish ) too

    Lung Wah foods is pretty decent but requires you have some decent freezer space.
    But why would US chicken be so cheap? As it has to be hormone-free under USDA (but I heard doesnt have to be antibiotic-free)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PneditN4eHw

    This video has some useful info as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonicYouth1:
    But why would US chicken be so cheap? As it has to be hormone-free under USDA (but I heard doesnt have to be antibiotic-free)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PneditN4eHw

    This video has some useful info as well.
    Scary, but I agree useful. Unfortunately I think the 'worst kind of chicken' he starts with is also the most common kind of chicken sold in Hong Kong supermarkets.

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