Doing my duty part one - Harold's Fried Chicken Comes to Lawrence Avenue
A week or so ago, on a trip to the Penguin, I passed a mysterious looking Korean resturant. I was intrigued by its neon glowing chickens and the scant english. All it said, I remembered was chicken. I had eaten many Korean meals, but never remembered anything like this. So, on friday night, I dragged the family.
We entered a well-lit, coffee shop looking place, you know, naughahide booths along the walls, tables in the middle. The accessories, however, were completely asian. After we settled in, a waitress apporached, and in perfect english said, "we do not have an english menu." I said, well we were hoping for the Korean chicken. Her eyes brightened. She explained it came two ways: fried or fried and then coated with a spicy sauce. She immediately noted the look of dread in my eye and then added, "you can have half and half." Ms. VI, on the other hand, wanted something a bit, er, healthier than fried chicken. Somehow, we cannot remember now, the waitress pschically steered her to a healthy tofu soup.
The chicken came first. Cut up Swanson style. It was hard to tell with so many pieces how much chicken we ate, but I was very full at the end. The spicy chicken featured a korean-style bar-b-que sauce: sweet, garlicky and very spicy. But the plain actually wass better. Fried very much like Harolds, crisp, flavorful and just the hint of necessary grease. Next time, I think I'd just get the sauce on the side so I could dab as needed. There was also a salt mixture that added plenty of flavor (another Harold's touch!) Even Ms. VI enjoyed the chicken.
The chicken came with a large bowl of cubed daikon radish in a sweet dressing, cabbage salad drizzled with the Korean classic, thousand island, and a little bowl of soy beans (no comment available on the soy beans as Ms. VI ate them all).
The tofu soup arrived, as only the Korean's seem to want their soup:hellishly boiling. The soup was alive with chili's, garlic, fresh vegetables and cubes of soft tofu. It was just as good as the chicken, if not as unique.
Before we left, I snagged a window decal. It provided me some basic information about the resutrant including the name, Country Co-Co. When I asked the waitress how you said the name of the resturant in Korean, she said "Country Co-Co." The decal also listed some of the other resturants specialities. That is they listed the specialities in korean transliterated into english letters. I got her to translate for me and the specialities included, beside the fried chicken, chicken grilled at the table, chicken soup with ginseng, and well I there was more, but I do not keep notes like Rene.
I was hoping for ice cream for desert, but the bridge was out at Lawrence and the river.
3650 W. Lawrence