Four Elements Essential To Making Juke’s Fried Chicken Sandwich So Damn Good

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by Andrew Morrison | To those who live and work in and around Chinatown, the summer arrival of Juke Fried Chicken was a straight up boon. The quick service spot from Cord Jarvie, Justin Tisdall and chef Bryan Satterford gets you in and out on the fly in the daytime and is anchored by a capable cocktail bar at night — the one constant throughout is the fried chicken. I’m partial to the thighs, which are well represented in their popular chicken sandwich, which comes singly ($5) or in twos ($9). According to Bryan, it was the first item tested and locked on the menu when it was being developed (try it and you’ll know why). Here’s the breakdown:

1. The bun is a sauce-soaking pillow from Swiss Bakery on East 3rd Avenue (home of the delirium-inducing “frissant”). The thing can sustain deliberate pressure and maintains structural integrity from start to finish. A basic fried chicken delivery system and uncomplicated flavour facilitator.

2. Mmm, 3-oz of 24-hour buttermilk marinated, free-run chicken thigh from Abbotsford’s own Rossdown Farm, battered in a proprietary gluten-free mix and seasoned to seduce. The star of the show comes with a nice crunch and chew, both of which survive refrigeration. Considered by Scout readers to be the best fried chicken in town

3. The impactful house BBQ sauce is ketchup based and cleaves close to the Texas type. Made with ancho chilies, pork jus, honey, onions, garlic, brown sugar, cider vinegar and a secret blend of spices, it isn’t the most complex or nuanced of sauces but it definitely announces itself. If they bottled the stuff I’d definitely buy it.

4. The slaw is a textural hook that softens the chicken crunch while balancing the savoury with a vegetal message to the brain that explains how this might not be bad for you. Essentially a crispy chop of cabbage, carrot, red onion, turnip, dill and potato all slicked with a grainy mustard mayonnaise. Does the job.

  • Keefer St. Exterior | Juke
  • From the sidewalk | Juke
  • Interior, just a few minutes before the first guests arrive | Juke
  • Fried chicken skin with sour cream and onion mousse | Juke
  • Drinks menu | Juke
  • The bar | Juke
  • Watermelon Americano | Juke
  • Banquette | Juke
  • Biscuits and schmaltz
  • Take-out menu | Juke
  • Communal high-top | Juke
  • Chicken sandwiches with grainy mustard mayo, slaw, BBQ sauce | Juke
  • Cocktailery | Juke
  • Mac & Cheese amazingness | Juke
  • Same | Juke
  • Booths | Juke
  • Peach, tomato, pecorino salad with basil
  • From the take-out area | Juke
  • Coleslaw with lime and peanut vinaigrette and crispy pigs ear Coleslaw with lime and peanut vinaigrette and crispy pigs ear | Juke
  • Service begins | Juke
  • Radishes and turnips with bacon vinaigrette | Juke
  • Moments before service | Juke
  • Chicken skin close-up | Juke
  • Let's Go Crazy  (Bulleit Bourbon, mint, lime, ginger, egg white & old fashioned bitters)
  • Light detail | Juke
  • Peach cream doughnuts | Juke
  • High-tops ready for first bums | Juke
  • Dirty Fries loaded with hot sauce, cheese sauce and gravy
  • Fried chicken rack | Juke
  • Take-out detail | Juke
  • Chicken and ribs | Juke
  • Friends and family | Juke
  • Mid-feast | Juke
  • Cord and Oliver...

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There are 6 comments

  1. How is Vancouver this late on trends. First poke and now the Fried Chicken sandwich. It does look good though.

  2. How do you come up with such things?! This sandwich has been less than impressive ALL 3 times it was eaten…

  3. Flavours are good but they may as well call it a mini-burger (or do it as a slider) because that’s what it is and most folks are best served by getting 2 (hence the obvious option). It’s disappointing the moment you open it, even with good flavour. This thing is a tiny piece of chicken on a normal sized burger bun (making a junior chicken from Mickie D’s look huge), one of the worst things you can do to any sandwich IMO. Charge $7-10 for a normal sized burger and forget being deceitful with the pricing already to make it seem like an awesome deal, it isnt.

  4. In Vancouver
    An Americano is $3.50
    A juice is $8
    A cocktail is $14

    Paying $4.50 for a delicious chicken sandwich doesn’t seem like a big deal.

    Take your word to yelp kid.

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