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Bantam King’s New To-Go Window Serves Fried Chicken Skin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Also: fried chicken sandwiches

Bantam King's fried chicken skin ice cream sandwich is inspired by Moroccan bastilla. Photography by Albert Ting.

Chinatown ramen restaurant Bantam King is further channeling its building’s Burger King past by bringing back a sidewalk to-go window on June 19. The curbside-only service will include Japanese-inspired fried chicken sandwiches and fries, but among the goodies we’re particularly intrigued by: a fried chicken skin ice cream sandwich.

Given that Bantam King is a chicken restaurant, chef Katsuya Fukushima wanted to incorporate chicken into a dessert. Eggs were too obvious. So he drew inspiration for the treat from bastilla, a sweet and savory Moroccan chicken pie. His approach: how would the Japanese interpret the dish and turn it into a dessert? The final version ($5) consists of vanilla ice cream and crispy chicken skins squeezed between toasted white bread. It’s finished with a dusting of cinnamon and kinako (soybean flour commonly used in Japanese confections).

Other sweets available from the walk-up window include mochi ice cream and and soda floats that will use a rotating selection of Japanese beverages, including melon cream soda.

A to-go combo meal with a fried chicken sandwich and nori-dusted fries.

And back to the chicken. Bantam King will offer a fried chicken sandwich ($6.50) with dashi-brined breast meat, shredded cabbage, and nanban sauce (a Japanese tartar sauce). Opt for the combo meal ($9) for a side of nori-dusted fries.

The window will be open from 11:30 AM and 2 PM on weekdays only for now, but the hours will expand going forward. Here’s hoping for late night.

Bantam King. 501 G St., NW; 202-733-2612.

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Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.