Chicken Charlie Deep Fries Six OC Foods

Pizza? No problem!
Pizza? No problem!
Photo courtesy Chicken Charlie

After interviewing Chicken Charlie last week for On the Line, we were invited to conduct an experiment: Select six food items for Charlie to deep fry. For a little twist, we agreed to make all our choices local to Orange County. From dim sum to pizza to a Milky Bun, we went all in. Here's how it went. Name your all-time favorite fried fair food in the comments for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the OC Fair. The winner will be selected Friday! Round one: Capital Seafood dim sum The items: Steamed BBQ pork bun and egg custard tart

Steamed BBQ pork bun
Steamed BBQ pork bun
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We couldn't settle on one bite, so we selected a savory and a sweet. Charlie used a slightly savory batter for the custard tarts, and a slightly sweet one for the buns. The flavor bombs were a hit, but the favorite was pork.

Round two:Wahoo's The item: Fish taco (duh)

Wahoo's fish taco
Wahoo's fish taco
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Since everything was battered before fried, our test subjects received instant growth. By deconstructing the taco and garnishing after the deep fried dip, finishing our taco with flavors prevented foods from tasting completely heavy.

Round three: Bruxie The item: Buttermilk fried chicken and waffle

Fried chicken and waffle Bruxie
Fried chicken and waffle Bruxie
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The waffle gods were having a fit as Charlie lowered it into the hot oil. It came out pretty amazing. We believe frying actually enhanced the existing flavors.

Round four: Pizza D'Oro The item: Pepperoni slice

Deep fried outtakes
Deep fried outtakes
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We could not believe the size of that slice. One slice. One. It was damn tasty, too. As a fan of crust, every single bite was delightful (as you can see from our reaction).

Round five: TK Burger The item: Cheeseburger

TK cheeseburger
TK cheeseburger
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With all its layers of bun, meat and toppings, it took two tries (with two burgers) to perfect this one. A monstrous result, it was good. Was it great? Well . . .

Round six: Afters The item: Milky Bun

Milky bun with Cookie Monster ice cream
Milky bun with Cookie Monster ice cream
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What meal is complete without dessert? The thing to note here is that we are working with a highly perishable item. We packed our milky buns on dry ice, giving us a rock solid product to work with. Our final food possessed a sturdy exterior, with a quickly deteriorating center. Yet its melty goodness could not be ignored.

The verdict: Everything tastes better when battered and deep fried. Some mo' better than others.

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