4 Different Kinds of Korean Fried Chicken that Everyone Must Try!
Koreans' Favorite Fried Chicken Flavors?!
Korea is the best place to experience all the different types of fried chicken. I can confidently state that Koreans are creative enough to make so many delicious flavours and attract the customers’ taste! Today, I will introduce you to some of the types of chicken that can be easily found from any fried chicken franchises. Let’s go!
Chicken with Cheese Powder
Chicken with cheese powder became a huge hit in Korea a few years ago. Blue cheese flavoured seasoning gets sprinkled on top of the crispy crust of chicken. Some of the seasonings have the flavour of cheese, onion and garlic at once. Although seasoning chicken is a huge trend in Korea, each store has their unique style with different names.
BHC is the original brand for inventing the flavour of 'Prinkle (뿌링클 치킨)'. K-drama My Love From Another Star had multiple scenes of Jun Ji Hyun eating Prinkle, which made this a huge hit in Korea.
@Ne Ne Chicken
Ne Ne Chicken's Snowing is a similar one to the Prinkle.
@BBQ fried chicken
In addition, I heard that BBQ fried chicken recently launched 'cheese-ling chicken'. Lots of Korean chicken brands do not forget to add the word 'cheddar' or 'cheese chicken' on their menu. If you are curious about the taste, we recommend trying BHC fried chicken or Ne Ne Chicken!
Tongdak (Korean Old Style Chicken)
Most of the Korean fried chicken you find these days have a thicker crust. However, we still have thin-skinned fried chicken, which was more popular back in the 60s and 70s. We call this tongdak (Korean old-style chicken)!
You might not find it as crispy compared to the newer ones, but there is a huge fan base of the old-style chicken from their tenderness. The huge success came from the retro drama, Reply 1988. This made the millennials try the old-style fried chicken and explore the new taste.
The most well-known brand for old-style fried chicken is 'Norang Tongdak' (노랑통닭). This is a famous franchise in Korea for their own style of making old-style fried chicken. You can easily try their tasty chicken anywhere in Seoul; there are 90 stores opened in Seoul at the moment! Also, if you are concerned about the calories and health issues, this is a great option due to their low-sodium recipe.
Address: 서울특별시 서초구 서초동 1307
Address: 서울특별시 동대문구 회기동 60-51 1층
Busan Haeundae Branch
Address: 부산 해운대구 구남로24번길 5
The next type of chicken is roasted chicken. This is another healthy option for those chicken lovers; Korean fried chicken contains too much transfat and oil to consume them regularly.
As the number of people paying much more attention to what they are eating, roasted chicken became another popular option. If you are looking for something not as greasy, take this suggestion!
Once you decide to order roasted chicken, there are a few restaurants that are popular for this specific menu. One is 'Oppa Dak' (오빠닭) and the other one is 'Goobne Chicken' (굽네치킨). These franchise do not fry their chicken. Instead of frying, they roast them in the oven with great seasoning. I personally recommend 'Garlic Garlic Roasted Chicken' from Oppa Dak. This menu is very garlicky, just like the name of the menu.
Also, if you decide to go with 'Goobne Chicken' I would recommend GOCHOO BASASAK without any hesitation. The crispy coating with a spicy blend of Korean cheongyang red pepper topping makes the chicken tastes even better. You will get addicted to this for sure!
This is another popular type of fried chicken. This crispy and crunchy boneless chicken is popular street food, which I love!
This type of fried chicken is different compared to the other ones. Usually, they are in a small box or in a bowl, coated with sweet/spicy sauce. Also, the additional delicate touch of sprinkled peanut powder enhances the flavor as well (You can always ask them to remove the nuts!). Since dakgangjeong is sweeter than the original chicken and more approachable, I would recommend this to any of your friends who are visiting Korea for the first time.
The most popular dakgangjeong place in Seoul would be 'Kim Pan Joe Dakgangjeong' near the Sincheon Station. This place always prepares their chicken fresh, which is the key to the success of this restaurant.
Address: 서울특별시 송파구 석촌호수로12길 21
On a side note, if you have a spare day or two in Korea, visit Sokcho for the best dakgangjeong in the country! Both Koreans and foreign visitors go to Sokcho, Gangwondo for dakgangjeong and you won't get disappointed.
Joongang Dakgangjeong has the longest history among the many other stores in Sokcho! Their crispy and fresh fried chicken is packed in their special box, which is also designed to carry handy.
Address: 강원도 속초시 중앙로147번길 16
There are many different kinds of fried chicken in Korea. I hope you get to try all of our suggestions and let us know which one was your favorite!
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