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A Fried Chicken Follow-Up to Khao Noodle Shop Is Now Open

Darkoo’s Chicken Shack serves up extras like Lao-influenced elotes and sake juice boxes


The transformation from noodle shop to fried chicken shack is compete in East Dallas. Chef Donny Sirisavath announced in February that he had closed down his nationally-acclaimed Laotian restaurant Khao Noodle Shop and would debut Darkoo’s Chicken Shack in its place at 4812 Bryan Street, Suite #101.

This time, Sirisavath is teaming up with Jimmy Niwa of Niwa Japanese BBQ, per the Dallas Morning News, for this new takeout-friendly comfort-food spot with a menu that spans Laotian and Japanese influences. The 24-hour brined fried chicken is offered in three different styles: Lao Gai, Japanese karaage, and a Hainanese chicken rice — with dipping sauces like spicy ketchup. Playful menu offerings include elotes done up Lao-style, “Darkoo’s eggs” AKA fried yam balls with pandan custard, and sake served in juice boxes.

Darkoo’s Chicken Shack is currently open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.