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A new find on the Fried Chicken Trail

Thai-style fried chicken at Takieng comes with dipping sauces.
Thai-style fried chicken at Takieng comes with dipping sauces. apierleoni@sacbee.com

We’re always on the lookout for outstanding fried chicken. Isn’t everyone? Over the past months, we’ve scored big-time at several restaurants, including Evan’s Kitchen, Tori’s Place, Chef’s Table and Hawks.

Last night, we dropped by Takieng to sample Thai food, opened a menu, looked under “House Specialties” and saw this entry: “Bangkok Fried Chicken: Thai-style fried chicken comes with steamed vegetables, served with sweet & sour sauce...$11.95.”

After a plate of delicate potstickers with garlic-ginger sauce (almost like Japanese gyoza), our half-chicken arrived, cut into four pieces. It had all the requirements: It was hot, crisp, tender and juicy, helped along with the best sweet ‘n’ sour sauce we’ve tasted, and a companion fiery sauce. We ordered more sweet ‘n’ sour sauce and mixed it with jasmine rice. Oh, and threw in spoonfuls of red chile paste.

Get it at Takieng, 4400 San Juan Ave., Fair Oaks; (916) 966-0660.

P.S.: Our server mentioned that new dishes were recently added to the menu.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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