[Seoul] Kyochon is known as one of the best Korean Fried Chicken in South Korea, also known as the ‘Lee Min Ho’ chicken.
The Chimaek chain is hugely well-liked, with branches in the United States, China, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia… actually, BUT Singapore (Tell me when.)
It seems like Kyochon is chosen as the Best Chicken Restaurant by South Koreans for 13 consecutive years. Being endorsed by a Korean celebrity like Lee Min Ho helped propel its popularity.
Korean Fried Chicken has become a food phenomenal of sorts in many parts of Asia, with many Chimaek shops flourishing.
This can be attributed to Korean drama My Love From The Star, where lead characters Do Min-jun nor Chun Song-yi share their love over chicken and beer (maekju). After the drama series, many Chimaek shops literally ran out of chicken.
Kyochon Chicken… growth hormones, no drugs, use less batter and grease than other fried chicken brands, hand-cut their chicken wings, prepared fresh upon ordering, used chicken free of antibiotics and growth hormones.
The Kyochon in Seoul contains five types of fried chicken series – honey, signature soy garlic, red, fried and salsal, which is salad with rice. Price is about 15,000 Won (SGD$17.80) to 18,000 Won (SGD$22.30).
My lesson learnt is just order the Honey series because that seems well-received by many fans.
Had the Half & Half of signature and spicy flavour as I wanted to try a combination of both. The wait was about 20 minutes or so, as they are supposedly prepared upon order.
The Kyochon wings, drumettes and drumsticks came in a spicy, sticky sauce, absorbed into the crust. While that added licking-good flavours in the process, the pieces were somewhat soggy.
Less batter is used for frying, and thus the skin becomes more paper-thin and crisp.
There weren’t too many customers around, so I wondered. Most diners there were pairs of skinny girl friends who walloped plates of chicken, and the occasional drunk guy.
Not sure if it was because the branch (at Gangnam Sinsadong) I visit, the inner meat felt fairly greasy. So while Kyochon has a standard achieved, I couldn’t help thinking that some of the other brands I tried weren’t too bad in comparison. For example, Chicken Mania.
What is your favourite Korean Fried Chicken brand in Seoul?
Kyochon Chicken 교촌치킨
Various locations within Seoul
http://www.kyochon.com (Korean language)