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Korean Style Fried Chicken...NY Times

Just read the article in the NY Times about the very speacial chicken that Koreans fry up.


I WANT SOME...I have to imagine that there is a place in LA that can do this right. Any insights?

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  1. Very interesting...would love to hear a K*Town Hound's answer to this.

    1. I was at the Prince on monday and the waiter there said their chicken is really good. I'd try that. You'd have to go to a pub-style place like the Prince, normal korean restaurants prob wouldn't have fried chicken. (btw the waiter, steven, was awesome. he's there mondays thursdays and saturdays. his english is great too).

      1. The Prince is one of the best places in town that serves it. Also get the kimchee fried rice. Very yummy... If you are looking for a place to pick up and take with you, Koko's chicken in the Galleria Market has all the varieties and is pretty darn good. Beats KFC.

        1. most korean cafes (drinking cafe) typically have fried chicken on their menu. not sure if the preparation is the same as described in the ny times article but i have always found the fried chicken i order at the cafes to be quite tasty.

          1. Reading the article, it seems like they're talking about two different kinds of fried chicken. Both are available at almost every korean cafe. There are the battered wings, served plain (Dak Nal Gae, "chicken wings") or brushed with garlic, soy, pepper whatever sauce (Mae Woon Dak Nal Gae "spicy chicken wings"). Then there's the deep-fried whole chicken (Tong Dak, "whole chicken"), cut into pieces, with the thin, crackly and almost transparent crust.

            1. i happen to love the fried chicken wings (no drumettes) at tang song sah on 6th and berendo. i always get those.

              but ultimately the most spectacular fried chicken i have ever had was in suan ploo market in bangkok

              1. There are very good fried chicken wings at Dan Sung Sa (The Bunker) on 6th and Barendo, served plain. I'd be interested in any other places that have comparable or better.

                1. I second Prince for the fried chicken (tohn dak). They also have the chicken wings which are really spicy/garlicy. Overall I think the only reason Prince survives is because they cook good food, because their ambience is not the most appealing (could be very nostaligic if they cleaned up the place). My other fav for bar food is Dan Sung Sa also (looks like you were on the set of MASH), not too sure about the tohn dak tho.

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                  1. re: eatslowly

                    I read that NYT article, and it made my mouth really watery. I think there's no place like that here in Arizona, but I'm thinking to stop at LA sometime soon.
                    Could you give me the address or cross streets of Prince?

                  2. The Prince
                    3198 W Seventh St (Cross Street: Catalina Street)


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                    1. I had the "deep fried spicy chicken" at the prince last night. it was great, but nothing like western fried chicken. i'd compare it to a better version of general tso's chicken from a chinese place -- sticky sweet spicy sauce, and lots of it. still excellent. there are two other "fried chicken" menu items at the prince -- those are probably closer to what you're looking for.

                      1. HK Market usaully has the fried wings (a bit sticky and sweet w/sesame seeds) in the hot deli section.

                        I don't know if it still exists but there used to be a hole-in-the-wall pub in Koreatown that pretty much only served tohn dak and beer. My Korean buddies took me there about 5 years ago so I'm not sure if it's still there but it was definitely my type of place (although, the waitresses/staff didn't speak much English). I think the sign had a chicken as their logo. I've been told that there's a similar pub in Garden Grove's Korean district but I can't confirm that.

                        From what I recall, the chicken was not unlike the rotisserie type they sell at your local supermarket or Costco without the seasoning and it was quartered with a butcher's knife. On it's own, it's juicy but a bit bland so it's served with little dipping trays composed of a mixture of sea salt and peppers/spices. It goes extremely well with an ice cold OB or Hite.

                        1. if i remember correctly, they have this type of chicken at the koreatown galleria, inside the supermarket in one of those hot food stalls. a warning though - i've never actually tried it. i've just been eyeballing it for a while, telling myself i should try it soon.

                          1. I was reading the korean newspaper the other day and saw an ad for a restaurant called Pizza and Chicken Love Letter (what a crazy name - silly koreans). Apparently, they're a popular fried chicken chain in Korea. Haven't tried it yet but thought I'd let you guys know :)

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                            1. re: MeowMixx

                              They gotta stop taking their cues from Japanese English names in Japan. Supposedly from what I just read it's mainly a take out place. I'm not saying this address info is correct, but it's what was listed in the write up.

                              Garden Grove Blvd
                              Garden Grove, CA 92842
                              (714) 530-8800

                            2. by the way, do not try the fried chicken, (or anything else for that matter) at yi ga ju on 6th and new hampshire.

                              the chicken was gross as was everything else...
                              i eat at tang song sah and deek gol mok all the time. this food is not even in the same category, and its actually more expensive....