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Bon Chon K-fried chicken to hit LA?

TonyC Mar 13, 2008 01:39 PM

does anyone know where the store front is in Ktown? I can't find it. I haven't seen it. I know it's there.

NYT article below:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/07/din...

  1. David Kahn Mar 13, 2008 02:09 PM

    This might help: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/491618 .

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    1. re: David Kahn
      Joe Blowe Mar 13, 2008 02:14 PM

      ...and this (which is linked within the above): http://www.chowhound.com/topics/410229

      1. re: Joe Blowe
        TonyC Mar 13, 2008 02:23 PM

        thanks guys, but FAIL.

        Bon Chon is coming to LA. Obviously Kyochon's already here. Bon Chon is NYC's doppelganger of Kyochon.

        Think Pinkberry vs. Red Mango. Korean enterprises are quick to copy, quick to market

        BonChon NY: http://www.bonchon.com/eng/index.php
        reviews: http://www.yelp.com/biz/bonchon-chick...

        I'm looking for the plyboard report...

        1. re: TonyC
          Joe Blowe Mar 13, 2008 03:24 PM

          You found the corporate website, they have a telephone number... make the call and fill us in.

    2. David Kahn Mar 13, 2008 07:25 PM

      Burried deep in their confusing website, I finally found the address of the LA store:

      BonChon Chicken
      3407 W. 6th St.
      Los Angeles, CA 90020
      (213) 487-7878

      Now, we just need to see if they do a strong bird.

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      1. re: David Kahn
        TonyC Mar 17, 2008 08:58 AM

        opened this weekend

        Kyochon for the win.

        Bon Chon has huge drum sticks, amazingly crisp skin but too light on the sauce / flavor.

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          obsessive Mar 20, 2008 01:37 AM

          Tried BonChon last night. I'm a fan of Kyochon and was curious to see how BonChon compared. I ordered the medium portion wings with "mixed" sauce (half "soy garlic", half hot). Short version: I liked it a lot -- a bit better than Kyochon. As others have noted, wings are a better vehicle for the style of chicken on offer at Kyochon and BonChon, as the sauce-to-meat ratio is better.

          Other good points: their "white moo" (white picked radish) was _much_ better than the dreary, medicinal "product" on offer at Kyochon, and the included salad was also a considerable improvement.

          Other notes:
          - Prices and portions appear to be similar to Kyochon (unsurprisingly).
          - Unlike Kyochon, they don't have their own car park. I was lucky and found a nearby meter, and consequently neglected to ask whether they had any parking arrangements with adjacent parking facilities. (Will ask next time!)
          - They have no liquor license; however they claim to be happy if you BYOB provided it's beer and not soju. I didn't actually test this.

          1. re: obsessive
            TonyC Mar 20, 2008 09:55 AM

            the valet parking is right around on the corner, not on the 6th, but on Virgil. Fee is $1.50, tho if you come on a slow weekend afternoon (not evening), the attendant might let you part for free.

      2. Hershey Bomar Mar 27, 2008 04:18 PM

        I'm a big fan of KyoChon so last night I had to try BonChon. I'll do a little comparison.

        K has a busy parking lot
        B has no parking lot but a pay garage around the corner on Catalina

        K looks like a nice but typical fast food place
        B looks like a Pinkberry

        K serves the chicken very very crispy. The meat is just crunch.
        B has a nice skin that smells oddly like frydough and the chicken meat is juicy

        They are both good. Just depends what you are in the mood for. BonChon tastes healthier because the meat is juicy.

        I have tried KyoChon's grilled hot wings and would recommend them.

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        1. re: Hershey Bomar
          lvgoodfood May 2, 2008 06:22 PM

          I have been to, and tried both, BonChon and KyoChon, and I totally agree with Hershey Bomar's comparison. I will go back to both. It is hard for me to decide which one is better.

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          PayOrPlay Mar 27, 2008 05:55 PM

          The comparisons are much appreciated. Do both of these places still involve super-long waits as implied in the older threads? (Trying to determine suitability for my sometimes-impatient 6-year old, not to mention myself!)

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          1. re: PayOrPlay
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            obsessive Mar 27, 2008 06:28 PM

            The wait at Bonchon was 30 minutes when I went. KyoChon is rarely less than 20. As others have mentioned, this is because of the double-frying method used by both chains.

            1. re: obsessive
              Hershey Bomar Mar 27, 2008 07:40 PM

              Both are 30 minutes.

              Just call ahead?

          2. s
            slacker May 1, 2008 04:16 PM

            Has anyone figured out what Bonchon means by "nutritiously enriched" and "collagen ingredients" and "specially engineered sauce"? I'd like to know what exactly they're adding to their chicken.
            http://www.bonchon.com/

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            1. re: slacker
              hrhboo May 1, 2008 04:23 PM

              Their website is hilarious! I love how the whole chicken is purported to be "low-calorie". Really?! I don't care about calorie content at all but it seems absurd to make such a claim. I mean, it's fried chicken! No one expects it to be diet-friendly.

              1. re: slacker
                Skunk2Racer May 1, 2008 04:32 PM

                Garlic, Garlic & More garlic.....

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                  slacker May 2, 2008 02:42 PM

                  lol!

                  1. re: slacker
                    TonyC May 16, 2008 10:34 AM

                    Bonchon and Kyochon are both now passe in KTOWN.

                    newest players:
                    BBQ Chicken (not good, chicken fried in olive oil? no bueno)
                    Chicken Day (pretty good, wait almost as bad as Bonchon, but better sauce, better consitution, a bit cheaper)

                    and my fave:
                    TBBC on Western, north of Wilshire

                    Not exactly fried, TBBC 's original recipe is a sickenly addicting charcoal grilled chicken. Check it out and report back.

                    also, while i never dislike fried chicken, the tung dalk served by Viking made me never want to go back on my no-more-tung-dalk-for-the-rest-of-the-year diet.

                    -----
                    TBBC
                    206 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

                    1. re: TonyC
                      Hershey Bomar May 16, 2008 01:45 PM

                      Could you share the different ways the chicken is served -- sauces?

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                        Josh90004 May 16, 2008 11:17 PM

                        Went by TBBC to try the wings but the cheapest was $17! The pictures looked good but I was alone and decided to come back with a friend to try it. The counter guy said they don't sell smaller orders.

                2. TonyC May 16, 2008 03:59 PM

                  sent by a friend - LA Times article on Bonchon vs. Kyochon:
                  http://www.latimes.com/la-gd-rest15-2...

                  1. b
                    borkborkbork May 24, 2008 01:10 PM

                    BonChon: corner of 6th and Catalina in Koreatown. Great chicken, but unbelievably rude service. I won't be going back, no matter how good it is.

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                    1. re: borkborkbork
                      Hershey Bomar May 24, 2008 04:08 PM

                      Odd. I've only done take out but they're always some of the nicest, most polite teenagers I've encountered in LA. Give em another shot. Course KyChon gave me a teddy bear so...

                      Ever been to Zankou on Hollywood -- Rude. Cash only. Alway running out of chicken. Dirty tables. Horrible lot. Pan handlers -- No one every complains?

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                        borkborkbork May 24, 2008 07:47 PM

                        Actually, the teenage waitress was fine and very sweet and professional. It was the female manager behind the counter who was rude beyond belief. "Shrew" is too kind a word to describe.... Oh well.

                        1. re: borkborkbork
                          Hershey Bomar May 26, 2008 11:07 AM

                          I read your other review and understand your misery.

                          I think Koreans and Japanese are a bit uptight about packaging. Maybe you hit some kind of nerve -- too bad. I think I prefer KyoChon anyways.

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