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March 27, 2015

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Ok, so just a heads up: we’re in the Dominican Republic now for a friend’s wedding, and our internet connection here is really unreliable. It took us three attempts to upload this video, but it’s finally processed. WOOHOO! Here’s a video on one of the most sacred of topics: Korean Fried Chicken!

How have we gone so long without doing a video on Korean Fried Chicken? We did one ages ago in our first years in Bucheon, but since then, nothing really. WHY? Korean Fried Chicken is a big part of Korean culture. And it’s weird to say that, because Fried Chicken doesn’t seem like a Korean dish, as much as – say – Bibimbap or Kimchi Jigae are, right? But, whoa, fried chicken places are everywhere. Every apartment door in Korea has had fried chicken fliers stuck on it. Every car driver has had a fried chicken delivery boy swerve around him. It’s in the fabric of Korean cuisine, and it’s one of my favourite things to eat EVER.

I don’t feel this way about fried chicken back home. KFC never did it for me. Popeyes I’ve never eaten at. When we were in California, we had Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, and I was more in love with the mac and cheese than I was with the chicken. But in Korea, I love this stuff. It’s different. It’s lighter than the fried chicken I had back home. I’m not saying it’s light in general. It’s still greasy and all, but I don’t feel terrible after eating it…

…except for the hours after filming this video. I’ve been a bit strict on my diet and have really been restricting carb intake, but I didn’t hold back for this video. For you guise, of course! Not for my own selfish purposes (ha!). But…I overdid it, and felt really gross afterwards. But it was worth it! Was it? I don’t know.

We didn’t even do my favourite place here. Right by our house, there’s a Gay-dong chicken. Yeah, it’s called Gay Dong deal with it. And it’s the best! But, there’s no standardization between chains, it seems. We actually ordered Gay Dong chicken for this video as well, for the yang-nyam chicken, but it tasted totally different from the place by our home. And that sucks! But that just means that you have to try out the places close to you and find the place you like the most. One thing I will say, though: I have not had a bad experience with Chicken Mania, except for once. When we were in our last apartment near Sindorim, we went to the Chicken Mania close by and it was.

Soo Zee actually told us something interesting about Korean Fried Chicken. Supposedly, it was very symbolic for a while. On pay day, fathers would come home with a box of fried chicken, and that supposedly was the thing to do on payday. It’s not like that anymore, but I found that interesting.

And that’s about all I can think of to say about Korean Fried Chicken. Back to wedding stuff! I’m a groomsman, so I gotta prepare a speech. AH I’M SO NERVOUS. I hope Brian doesn’t read this blog post before the wedding and realize that I’m nervous about doing the speech. Ah, who am I kidding: the internet here isn’t the strongest. He’ll never know!

On that note, here are some extra scenes from our video that didn’t make the final cut, if you’re in the mood for some extra lols :D

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  1. Can confirm, Korean fried chicken is best fried chicken, had like a lb of boneless fried chicken a few weeks ago, didn’t even feel slightly gross about it, in comparison half a piece of KFC would make me feel ill.I am not sure what’s so different about it, but it’s just so much better. I need to figure out where my host brother bought the chicken, I really want to get more.

    5 years ago
  2. When I lived in Korea in the early 90s, there was (and still is) a chain called Pelicana Chicken, and it had the most ear-wormy jingle that my sister and I can kind of still recite. I just tried to look it up on Youtube, and Sistar did a version of it that’s pretty much the same: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7Q0CIFC5sM
    I remember that we LOVED the chicken and that it was sweet and spicy and also came with radish. We didn’t get to try Pelicana the two times we’ve returned to Korea, but next time!
    Also, I was there when Popeye’s came about near bases and it was SUPER popular amongst foreigners and locals alike. It was nothing like the Popeye’s chicken is today, and I miss it~ ; 3;

    5 years ago
  3. Being From The Southern part of the US. I have to reject your Fried Chicken. Even if it does look amazing….. come to the South. Eat our chicken.

    … Its not even called Fried Chickenn in teh South i dont think. Its just Chicken.

    5 years ago
  4. Martina I no that u got that sweater as a gift but where was it that they got it from its really cute. I also love chicken but I get it boneless and skinless and dip it in ranch or pepper gravy.

    5 years ago
  5. MMmmmmm Chicken. I love Korean fried chicken, on a Friday night, with a tall glass of cold beer….that’s the stuff.

    I got a little confused when I watched this video though, because you said ‘yang nyam’ chicken which I thought was a brand of chicken, did you mean yang-nyeom chicken? 양념 literally means sauce, which I think is what you were talking about, right?

    5 years ago
  6. I live in Korea and I had a female delivery person. Granted it was only once but they exist!

    5 years ago
  7. I haven’t tried Korean Fried Chicken in Korea :-(
    But I have made it at home, using the recipe of Maangchi: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/easy-dakgangjeong
    That one is really tasty, so I can’t wait to try the real deal in Korea!

    5 years ago
  8. Now I’m from Kentucky, the fried chicken capital of the world, so I feel really conflicted about this. Half of me is saying “Hey, that looks like really good chicken” and the other half is strangling the first half yelling “YOU IDIOT, THAT DOSN’T HAVE THE 11 HERBS AND SPICES, IT’S NOT REAL FRIED CHICKEN! THE COLONEL HAS NOT TOUCHED THAT!!!” My inner conflicts man… But that chicken looks so good! Also, fun fact colonel Sanders was born in Indiana, not Kentucky!

    5 years ago
  9. Yummy fapfap vid!! I travel to NYC for work once or twice a month and I make a point to eat at kyochon and bon chon for chicken… but there’s a similar place called Cheers in North York by Yonge/Finch area that serve yummy fried chicken with rice cake or gizzards added.

    5 years ago
  10. Well, as an American who knows what good, home-cooked fried chicken from our country’s south tastes like, I hope next time you guys are in the States you’ll try the good stuff and not that appalling fast food cyber-what’s-it which only in a criminally insane world like ours is allowed to pass for chicken. Also I just learned there’s a save the hedgehog society in England which I just thought I’d mention.

    5 years ago
  11. “I’m only a little hungry,” I thought. “I can watch this without drooling.”

    LIES!!!! OMG this looks so good! Getting delivery chicken was one of the things I really wanted to do Seoul but sadly I needed a Korean Phone number and since I stayed in an AirBnb I didn’t have that. Le sigh. But god…this looks like heaven….

    5 years ago
  12. Finally you guys thought of Korean Fried Chicken (KFC *winks*. I had a fair taste of it during my visit last year and I must say… I Loved it! (Except for the super spicy kind that totally made my tongue numb and tastebuds malfunctioned…ㅋㅋㅋ). I actually just posted about this on my FB awhile ago. Timely ey!? Hope you guys have a enjoyable safe trip. *huggies*

    5 years ago
  13. Watched it late night… not a good idea! hahahah So much chicken! I assume Simon ate all.

    p.s.: it’s a lab test called 24-hour urine. And yeap, it’s exactly what you’re thinking. Sorry, guises. hahahahah

    5 years ago
  14. Im from Canada,oooo Canada with your dry dry suuuuper megaaaa dry chicken !T^T

    5 years ago
  15. I *love* Kyochon spicy chicken. When my friends and I were in Korea last year, we had Kyochon chicken for dinner about four times in one week.

    5 years ago
  16. Excuse me while I go and now feed my current craving for fried chicken

    5 years ago
  17. Martina, I know you got it from a fan, but do you know where your hoodie is from? I’m absolutely in love with it :3

    5 years ago
  18. I was just thinking…”Wow, Simon’s glass is way bigger than Martina’s” and then it cut to the next clip of Martina pouring the beer and asking why Simon’s glass is so big. I feel like I just saw through the Matrix!

    Personally, I am not a big fan of random bones (or in the case of shrimp, shells in my food). I much prefer being able to stuff my face without breaking a tooth or having surprise inedibles. I think some people must get satisfaction working with their food.

    Anyway, that chicken looks wonderful. I really shouldn’t have watched this video before breakfast.

    5 years ago
  19. no female delivery people? what about the girl in coffee prince??? see… this is what happens when the only things you know about korea is 100% derived from dramas. (i’m still holding out hope that people in korea don’t really kiss like two paralyzed planks of wood).

    5 years ago
  20. There was a time… (a few years ago) that i, for SO long forgot what a radish was called in English and only knew it by its Japanese name ahahaha!

    Not even surprised about Korean’s loving chicken, seen it on so many things! Actually the other day i even listened to a Korean song about chicken…bwahahaha!! Found it so hilarious, but it was catchy!
    Here it is >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d-MYgicZkU

    5 years ago
  21. I gotta say, out of all the amazing food I missed while studying abroad, Korean fried chicken was near the top of the list. It’s just beautiful.

    Also, just wanted to add that the symbolic thing about Korean Fried Chicken Soo Zee told you was about 통닭, roasted whole chicken, not fried chicken in the format we have it now. They used to sell 통닭 out on the street from little trucks with rotisserie machines built into the back. I think it was \10,000 for two or three (or one?) whole roasted chickens, which was quite expensive at the time, and so usually bought for special occasions. I haven’t seen those little trucks in years, though, what with the fried chicken places taking over.

    5 years ago
  22. Question: why are you on a diet Simon? Health reasons? You look absolutely healthy and svelte. Enlighten your fans, please!

    I really need to get me some fried chicken now, sigh…

    5 years ago
    • Thank you! I was just trying to lose a bit of weight before a friend’s beach wedding, because I’m a groomsman :)

      5 years ago
  23. I tried Korean fried chicken when I was in Korea and had a mixed experience. We for some reason decided to order honey garlic and man oh man… they don’t mess around with the garlic. By the end we couldn’t handle it anymore and couldn’t finish them but in the beginning it was good haha.

    5 years ago
  24. Hmm Korean Fried Chicken ♡♡ There’s a place in Montreal, I can’t remember the name, but it’s a Korean place and they do fried chicken. I went once with my friend but oh boy do I want to go back!!! It even makes me wamt to move to Montreal and I don’t really like the city :3
    I tried to make some homemade fried chicken too (thanks to Maangchi) and it was good, but not as much as that restaurant I went to… ^^ (althouh I’ll keep making this because a trip to Mtl would cost even more than a pack of chicken breast at the grocery store /iamcheap/)

    5 years ago
  25. There are few little things that make my life happier and fried chicken is definitely one of them!
    I like Mexicana chicken most. Actually, i was eating it while watching this video…lol It has very little spicy taste in basic yang-nyam and it’s the best! Other chickens’ yang-nyam are too sweet… And only mexicana offers cabbage salad. well… at least in this town:)
    But hmm… Gay-dong… In fact, i even never heard of it… maybe no chain in here…
    Oh, you guis ever tried cheap, non-franchise local chicken? I tried some and… not all, but, most of them are very very bad…:( few fried chicken, many fried powder… I must’ve knew there is reason why they’re cheap…

    5 years ago
  26. This chicken looks absolutely amazing. All we have in Germany is KFC and it’s not even that great. Oh well, someday I’ll go to Korea and try the fried chicken there xD

    5 years ago
  27. “How’s the fried chicken in your country?” What fried chicken. ;A; We only got like hot wings and nuggets here. We don’t even have KFC in Finland which makes me so sad because I like fried chicken. OTL I ate at KFC when I was in Japan and it was delicious! I also ate at BHC (because Girl’s Day was advertising them hehe) in Korea and liked it a lot too!! It was better than KFC because you could see that it was made out of a chicken, not like processed. When we ate it we actually ate it at the restaurant itself and of course we were the only customers but the ahjumma cook was so nice!! She was trying to speak English with us and she talked about how much she liked Europe (my friend is Polish). Also we couldn’t read the menu so the guy worker there helped us to pick up the food. ^^ There was a lot of chicken for 2 people but I’ve always thought that Korean eat it in groups. haha

    5 years ago
  28. Ohmygodddddd…all of them look super yummmmmyyyyyyy

    5 years ago
  29. I think it would be cute if, on the blooper real, your had the sounds of Meemers meowing instead of the “beep” sound.

    5 years ago
  30. Wow! I didn’t think fried chicken was a super Korean thing! I’m from the South (of the USA, aka YOU CAN FRY ANYTHING WORLD!) and that fried chicken looks really close to what I am used to eating as far as the homemade stuff goes. I can’t say anything about the taste/ sauces, though here we tend to do anything you can dip into can be used. Ketchup, mayo, salsa, whatever (I’m partial to dipping it in honey (like chicken+waffles-waffles)). But fried chicken is super super big here, especially if you can get it from the right place.

    On a semi-tangental topic (BBQ restaurants serve fried chicken too), what do you (not just S&M but the Nasties too) think of as BBQ? What qualifies as BBQ and what are the different types? And where are you from?

    5 years ago
  31. I LOVE KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN!!!!! It is the only fried chicken where I will eat the white meat because Korean fried chicken is 10000000x better than KFC or Churches. I like bone in chicken. GIVE ME MY CARTILEDGE.

    Funny thing, I eat chicken wings and fried chicken strangely. 8/10 times I will eat it with chopsticks. My bf thinks its bizarre because he thinks chicken should be eaten by hands. I just don’t want to deal with greasy hands and prefer to keep my hands clean from the grease.

    5 years ago
  32. We have several Korean fried chicken chains in the Washington DC area. I’ve been to Bon Chon and BBQ. I prefer the BBQ kind, which is actually sauce less and spicy fried chicken.

    5 years ago
  33. Have you guys tried/heard bonchon chicken? From where I live, it’s the biggest korean chicken chain. It tastes delicious also! :)

    5 years ago
  34. We’ve been here less than two weeks and we’ve had it three times! Kongbul is also amazing! :)

    5 years ago
  35. Fried chicken, my eternal nemesis…
    I love it, but the chicken hates me. First time chicken and beer, I got the runs, second time (no beer, just chicken) I got fullblown sick. Third time (for SCIENCE!!! not because I’m an idiot) not sick, but still nauseous for the rest of the day.

    Sooooo, yeah, no more fried chicken for me. :(

    5 years ago
    • Is it possible that it might be connected to the grease used? I have gotten nauseous from other overly greasy food as well and discovered it may of been something with the grease.

      5 years ago
      • Hm, that might be an explanation.
        Before coming to korea I never had fried chicken before, and the grease levels are probably outside of my grease tolerance. ^^ I’m not sure what sort of grease they use, probably some cheap frying oil.

        5 years ago
  36. I really do love Korean’s Fried Chicken… actually, their chickens are good.. like the bbq ones, the one that you dip in cheese.. etc… i miss Korean Chicken!! >.<

    5 years ago