March 27, 2015
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