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In my continued quest for really good deep-fried chicken, I recently invited my sister to join me on a lunch adventure to ATL Maranatha.

After reading about this delicacy called Ayam Goreng Tulang Lunak (fried soft bone chicken) here, here and here, and discovering that a new branch had opened up nearby our workplaces, we just had to try it!

ATL Maranatha Ultimo

ATL Maranatha was the first restaurant to bring fried soft bone chicken to Australia. I’ve read that the Kensington restaurant is fairly small, but this new one at Ultimo is much larger. It still carries across its emphasis on self-service though. The above photo, shows the notepad and pen which we have to use to write down our own orders!

Everything else from cutlery to table water and prawn crackers are also self-serve.

ATL Maranatha Ultimo

The concept of fried soft bone chicken, is that chicken pieces
are cooked in a pressure cooker then deep-fried. This special cooking
technique makes the chicken bones so brittle, it becomes edible!

You read that right… the bones are edible.

The ‘special menu’ features three set menus, each at $18. We decide to share set menu A which include a 1/4 fried soft bone chicken, a plate of gado gado, a choice of fried tofu or tempeh, and a bowl of steamed rice.

Close up of ATL Maranatha fried soft bone chicken

Served with a delicious punchy sambal on the side, the chicken is hidden beneath our fried tofu and a snow of deep-fried batter bits – much like the Japanese tenkasu.

Every slice of chicken is cut with ease. It’s a strange sensation cutting through a bone. Visually, it looks like any other ordinary bone which you’d eat around, but this one shatters upon slight pressure.

Taste-wise, the bone is like crumbly bone marrow… Meanwhile, the chicken meat is perfectly tender and juicy.

Fried soft bone chicken at ATL Maranatha

The gado gado is blanched water spinach, bean sprouts, cucumber, and iceberg lettuce with peanut sauce, fried onion and prawn crackers. It isn’t anything spectacular but it does make the meal appear more balanced! 😉

Gado Gado at ATL Marantha

To finish, we share the Es Campur ($5), a dessert-like drink featuring avocado, jackfruit, palm seeds and various jellies in a rose syrup flavoured milk. The Mardi Gras of colours and the variety of textures makes this such a fun dish to end the lunch-time adventure with!

Ais Campur at ATL Maranatha

I’ve eaten here a few times since my first encounter and the novelty of eating fried soft bone chicken is slowly rubbing off. It’s not really something I crave but it does get me excited every time I think about eating an entire chicken maryland and not leaving a single crumb or bone behind!

So I’ve ticked this one dish off the list now… Would you try it?

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ATL Maranatha
Shop 96, Taragon Central, 732 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW
(There’s also an entrance on George Street just opposite Railway Square)
Phone: (02) 9281 7879
Opens Mon-Sun, 11am-10pm

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Also at Kensington:
61 Todman Avenue, Kensington, NSW
(Corner of Todman Avenue & Baker Street)
Phone: (02) 9663 3410
Opens: Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm & 6-9pm; Sun 12-4pm & 6-9pm; closed Tues & Wed

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.

i've never heard of soft bone chicken either! it seems so confusing to actually be able to eat the bone but i'm curious to try it..


I've never heard of soft bone chicken! It makes me nervous somehow though...


wow... fried soft bone chicken, interesting. Never tried it, but I do get that sense of accomplishment(?) after devouring tender bones in those tasty pork broth mum used to make using pressure-cookers.

Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy

I like to crunch on the bones anyhow, so this seems perfect! And it sure is nose-to-tail eating isn't it?