Miami Crispy and the chicken shop gold rush
Top quality article in Jack’s signature style. For me, it’s these articles that will stick in my mind for a very long time, and I can almost taste a chicken burger. Hope you got to taste rest them - the article would have been worth the wait(s)!
I have no wish to offend Muslim bothers & sisters, but whilst waiting for your Miami order I recommend nipping round the corner to “Sun in September”. This is probably the most beautiful pub building in Manchester. A pair of mid-nineteenth century houses (well regarded by that architectural influencer Nikolaus Pevsner) converted into a fine Sam Smith’s boozer. I hope you made the discovery Jack.
A great article but I have an awful pedantic foodie nitpick, sorry:
"The original sauce had a soft curry flavour and a mild spice to it — think Katsu"
This is ambiguous because katsu has no spice. Katsu is a plain, fried cutlet, borrowed from Victorian English cuisine. "Katsu sauce" is a Japanese version of HP Sauce, such as Bulldog Sauce. "Katsu curry" is cutlets with a clone of English curry sauce.
Japan got cutlets from the UK, and then a little later got curry from the UK too, as part of building their navy: as the world's best navy ate curry, Japan's military decided its sailors should also eat curry. Because they were both Western food, cutlets are sometimes combined with a curry sauce, but most katsu are not eaten with curry sauce. British people have started using "katsu" and "katsu sauce" to describe, ironically, old fashioned English chip shop curry - it's cool if people think it's Japanese.
There's even a hashtag on Twitter for nitpicking this - #katsucurrypolice
Chicken heartburn in a bun doesn't inspire me at all. There are many thousands of people with Middle Eastern or North African roots within the city so can we have an article please that truly celebrates diversity of cuisine especially veggie and vegan options as well as of people. Manchester City centre is stuffed with bad chain restaurants leavened only by a few high priced trendy establishments pitched at verydeep pockets so a good food revolution here is long overdue !
Loved this story what a great Saturday read. I know where I'm heading off to today now lol
Great article. Knew nothing about this subject, so now suitably equipped to search out the best spicy chicken burger. And I will take a sleeping bag, just in case!
As usual Jack, a joy to read, interesting, informative and well written. I’m off to get a spicy chicken burger now!
Wow, I've lived here my entire adult life and had no idea that this was a uniquely Manchester thing. I thought all chicken shops were just knock-off KFCs.
My friend often passes Miami Crispy and was telling me how and she couldn't understand what was going on in there. It was weird to have queues night and day at an ordinary chicken shop. It never occurred to us it could be the quality of its food - nationally acclaimed for it's brilliance!
Disappointing - not a single reference to the insane litter problems local residents have to endure from the likes of Miami Crispy with Zero accountability from the owners
A meal for under £5 - the animal welfare must be horrendous. An article about curry sauce? Bizarre.