Don’t you think that our favorite South Korean actors and actresses are just the best food endorsers? I mean, regardless of what they eat in the dramas, siguradong matatakam ka talaga. I can’t remember the number of times my stomach grumbled in the middle of night just because of a K-Drama episode I was watching. Or the number of times these K-Dramas drove the decision for what I would end up having for lunch or dinner.
One of the K-Dramas that really triggered my hunger pangs was Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. Since she needs to bulk up, Bok Joo would often be seen eating a lot in the series. And since her family owns a fried chicken shop, I just drool every single time Bok Joo devours a whole chicken (at the minimum) for herself.
I’ve been to Korea twice already and I haven’t actually gotten around to eating at a fried chicken shop there. So on my next trip, here is a list of stores that I’d definitely visit for that much-needed Korean fried chicken fix.
bb.q Olive Chicken
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen it when you watched Goblin, Crash Landing On You, or The King: Eternal Monarch. bb.q Olive Chicken was established in 1995 and is dubbed as the king of Korean fried chicken. Their best seller? The Golden Olive Chicken. The chicken is marinated and then deep-fried in high-quality olive oil, hence the name. The result is a fried chicken that’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Ugh, kagutom! 🤤
BHC is another long-standing Korean fried chicken shop that started in 1997. Nowadays, the brand is well-known for its Ppurinkeul Chicken, which is fried chicken that is sprinkled with cheese. Apparently, an order comes with a yogurt dip that really pairs well with the cheesy chicken. You can also try the Gold King Combo—chicken marinated in aged soy sauce, sweet honey, and salty garlic and fried to perfection.
Kyochon was established in 1991 and has expanded not just locally, but internationally too. This is why the brand is familiar as it has also set its footprints here in the Philippines. The brand is best known for their original garlic soy sauce chicken. However, like in most fried chicken stores in Korea, you can order your chicken half-half. Another crowd favorite is the Kyochon Red Original, where the chicken is coated with a spicy sauce made of Cheongyang red pepper.
Nene Chicken started out as a poultry processing company before it became the fried chicken store it is today. The brand is known for its Green Onion Chicken (Pa-dak), where the chicken portions are topped with green onions and this unique oriental sauce. The result is a refreshing taste that balances the usual greasy flavor common to all fried chicken. They also have the Snowing Chicken. Buyers can choose from cheese, vegetable, or spicy powdered flavorings that you can sprinkle on top of the fried chicken.
Aside from its good quality chicken, Nene is also known for its famous brand ambassadors such as Yoo Jae Seok, as well as boy bands NU’EST W and SEVENTEEN.
This brand traces its roots all the way to 1982 and is most famous for its chicken coated in the tastiest sweet and sour sauce ever. Just looking at their wonderfully-glazed chicken is enough to make you salivate! They also have the Yellow Snowing Cheese Chicken on their menu, which is, of course, another best-seller for Pelicana. Hmmm… I’m sensing a pattern here 🤔
Two Two Chicken
Two Two Chicken, or Dul Dul in Korean, is another legacy brand in the world of Korean fried chicken. Opened in 1978, they were once called Gela Chicken before renaming to Two Two in the 90s. Their fried chicken is known for its thin yet crispy skin, and its meat is just moist and tender. Two Two Chicken is definitely representative of what Korean fried chickens are—definitely a must try when in South Korea.
So which ones are you most excited about trying? Let us know in the comments below!