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Bonchon chicken in Sunnyvale (Korean fried chicken)

I'm really surprised that no one else has mentioned this place, what with the craze over Korean fried chicken (or is that so 2009?). I discovered an outpost of Bonchon, one of the two Korean fried-chicken chains that have expanded to the U.S., when I caught sight of the sign while driving down El Camino Real a week ago. My boss in Sunnyvale says it's been there for a while, but I'm not sure how long that means and I forgot to ask our server.

Tried it a week or so ago with my husband. We've eaten at Bonchon in LA, although our usual favorite is Kyochon. Bonchon's fried chicken wings were about the same as LA Bonchon's, as far as I can remember, with that signature Korean-fried crispness. They say their basic flavor (the pieces are brushed with sauce) is soy garlic, but to my mind it tastes like neither - there's just a touch of sweetness, like from honey. The taste is definitely distinct from American-style fried chicken, but subtle. The only thing that threw me was that the wings were bizarrely large and kind of smooth rather than knobbly the way chicken wings usually are. I thought they might be battered, unlike most KFC, but that wasn't the case either.

The menu also has some rice-bowl combos and Korean tacos. We got an order of bulgogi rice for our kid. It's fine for someone who doesn't want to eat fried chicken.

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Bon Chon
572 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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  1. I think it's been open for about two months. We went early on a Saturday (before 6PM) and they told us it was an hour and ten minute wait to get the chicken cooked. We had it - it was just OK for me - I prefer 99 Chicken's take on it better.

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    99 Chicken
    2781 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

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    1. re: Bria Silbert

      I've had 99 Chicken too but did not like it. I wish I could recall more clearly what turned me off. I think the spicy wings were a bit too vinegary (I found the same thing with Bonchon's hot wings in LA, so I avoided them here).

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      99 Chicken
      2781 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

      Bon Chon
      572 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

    2. I just refreshed my memory by glancing at the menu - they also have fries, sweet potato fries, zucchini fries and potstickers as apps; a variety of salads including Caesar, balsamic, and chicken/sesame ginger tofu salad; chicken/pork katsu (cutlets); and beer and soju (which you can also get mixed with peach yogurt??) as well as soda. For dessert, there's green tea or vanilla ice cream, or fudge brownies.

      1. According to the store's twitterfeed, Bon Chon opened on Oct. 27.

        Here's the website: http://www.bonchonbayarea.com/

        1. Bonchon chicken is definitely made from fresh chicken, not frozen. the 2 basic flavors of soy garlic and spicy hot garlic sauce were delicate and not overbearing. wings were small.. would rate it better than 99 chicken and coco chicken (fremont). soy, garlic , and hotness could be tasted but wings not very memorable.

          Bonchon was briefly on kiely blvd. (trendy bean) then closed down.
          wouldn't repeat. some chinese places do a better job flavoring frozen wings.

          soju is in the house!

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          Bon Chon
          572 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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          1. re: shanghaikid

            so weird, our wings were huge like Frankenchickens.

          2. How long does it take to get your order? I might try it for lunch

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            1. re: jlally

              it took 20 minutes during slow time. busy time. 30-45minutes?