Chinatown’s Japanese chicken-centric eatery Bantam King has re-opened its popular seasonal walk-up window, and is  featuring a creative new line-up of sweet and savory soft serve options from Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima and team just in time to welcome surging temperatures. Open to the public during Bantam King’s regular business hours — 11:30 a.m. to…

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Bantam King’s walk-up window is open for the season with some exciting new sweet and savory treats

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Bantam King Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima preparing his new Fried Chicken Drumette in Vanilla Soft Serve. (Photo by Rey Lopez) 

Chinatown’s Japanese chicken-centric eatery Bantam King has re-opened its popular seasonal walk-up window, and is  featuring a creative new line-up of sweet and savory soft serve options from Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima and team just in time to welcome surging temperatures.

Open to the public during Bantam King’s regular business hours — 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday thru Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday — the walk-up window serves an assortment of rotating sweet and savory soft serve options such as Fried Chicken Drumette in Vanilla Soft Serve with Ichimi Honey ($5.50), and Vanilla Soft Serve with Chicken Caramel and Peanuts ($4). Mochi will also be available (2 Pieces for $5), and Purin – Japanese Caramel Custard Pudding ($2.50).

Fukushima describes the Vanilla Soft Serve with Chicken Caramel and Peanuts as a nostalgic nod to McDonald’s featuring a chicken reduction caramel drizzled over vanilla soft serve with peanuts. As for the serve, Fried Chicken Drumette in Vanilla Soft Serve with Ichimi Honey, Fukushima says it is inspired by Bantam King’s Moroccan chicken skin and ice cream sandwich from last year. This year’s creation is a fried chicken lollipop dunked in tingling Sichuan spices, chicken fat and butter, of which is perched on top of a soft serve sundae and then finished with a Japanese chili-honey drizzle.

“We are really excited to see what the window has in store for us this season, we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to experience and enjoy our new soft serve line-up, and of course encourage all of our fans to stay in the loop regarding announcements and specials in the coming weeks,” said Fukushima.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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