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Korean spot open in old Franklin Pizza and Pasta spot in Chapel Hill

Anyone know about this place? Do they do Korean Fried Chicken and if so do they do a good job?

Korchipi Korean Chicken & Pizza

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  1. I was just there around noon. They're trying to open by the end of this month. Of course they'll have Korean chicken. The owner said they'd have some other Korean dishes and noraebang in the back. I forgot to ask if they'd put corn on all the pizza whether or not you ordered it or if there would be bulgogi or potato options.

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    1. re: clave_azul

      When I was in Japan in the '90's I came across the corn on pizza thing. It was automatic on every pie and never listed on the menu. Struck me as odd at the time but I liked it more than I would have anticipated!

      1. re: clave_azul

        Potato pizza is actually and old sicilian item. It is hard to find places around here that put sliced potato on pizzas but it is really good.

        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

          Genovese pizza has pesto and very thinly sliced potatoes. Absolutely delicious. I haven't seen it in the area either.

          1. re: LulusMom

            Yes, thinly sliced is what I saw online. I've never had that. In Korea, they used wedge-cut potatoes.

            1. re: LulusMom

              Lilly's has a pizza with potato on it and Pops Backdoor use to but they stopped making. The one I like the best is home made via Peter Reinhart if you google Reinhart and potato focaccia.

        2. First I've heard of it. Going to try Bart's Old North State barbecue on Henderson St. tonight. Will report on it soon after. Apparently they've been operating out of the Rec Room for about 5 months now but I heard about them only recently. Happy to see mom and pop places opening in downtown Chapel Hill and not just chains, although I see Mellow Mushroom is going in where Ham's used to be. But as chains go, I like Mellow Mushroom.

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          1. re: bbqme

            I met the Bart behind Bart's Old North State BBQ last year when he was at Southern Season hocking his bottled sauce. It was a nice mix of Eastern style and Western Style in one bottle but didn't know he was looking to open his own place.

          2. wow, did I miss that! Exciting.. what's Korean pizza like? Do you think they'll have any veg dishes...

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            1. re: Rory

              The owner didn't say if it would be Korean-style pizza. I should have asked him. Mostly, I don't have very good memories about Korean pizza except for the bulgogi and potato versions. I had to learn how to say "more sauce" and "without corn" in Korean. Most local pizza joints put almost no tomato sauce on the pizza. Most places insisted on throwing corn all over your pizza as well. I imagine that the pizza will be mostly American style, unless they do decide to bring the bulgogi. I don't know if potato-topped pizzas would go over as well, but I really liked them.

            2. I forgot to say that they'll also be making a few other Korean dishes. And I wasn't joking about the noraebang!

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              1. re: clave_azul

                I just read about korean fried chicken and it sounds delicious, am excited about the other dishes. Thanks for explaining about Korean pizza, I think I'd like it:)

                1. re: clave_azul

                  What is noraebang (though of course I could just google it)?

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    Oh boy. So ... what will you be singing? ; )

                      1. re: LulusMom

                        Admittedly.. Elvis is my first go to.. then who knows.

                        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                          We'll try to get some beer into you, see what we can come up with.

                  2. my dad says they have their menu posted out front; I'm dying to check it out.

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                    1. re: Rory

                      I went by on the bus and noticed it looked like it was on its way to completion. Maybe the owner told me the end of the month because of permits and such.

                      1. re: clave_azul

                        clave_azul I peered in the window Monday and it looks just about done, just like you said. I think it may open earlier. Arg I'm going to Helsinki & Estonia next week so if it opens, tell me all about it please!

                        1. re: Rory

                          Tell US about Helsinki and Estonia. That sounds incredible.

                          1. re: LulusMom

                            okay LM I'm up for elk meatballs but wild boar and blood sausage is kinda beyond my comfort level so I may not have exciting tales to tell:)

                            1. re: Rory

                              Husband went to Helsinki once - I think the thing to do is try to take in stuff like the architecture. Plus there is an amazing cemetery there - I'm sure the locals will know which one. Some find it weird, but they can be interesting and beautiful.

                              1. re: LulusMom

                                My dearest friend is Finnish and lives there, so we're going to Havis the finest seafood restaurant, then I'll probably go to Cafe Ekberg, I adore visiting cemetaries, spent ages in the Parisian one. Don't know what I'll be having in Estonia.

                    2. They're definitely having at least bulgogi pizza (beef and chicken). They're probably going to have potato pizza. Noraebang's going to be about $20/hour. They also had beer on tap, so it's going to be a proper chimek!

                      1. They've just put up a "Now Hiring" sign.

                        1. I stopped by today to take a look. They were pretty busy. They've been open since 2/5. The beef and chicken bulgogi pizzas are listed as "coming soon". The noraebang is not in its own room, but I suppose if your group's big enough you'll have it to yourselves. So I didn't eat there, but the food looked good and reasonably priced.

                          1. So I went. I wasn't impressed. The chicken was soggy. It tasted good but what I ordered I thought would be whole pieces of chicken and not what amounts to a wing box. Tried a slice of the bulgogi pizza. The flavor was good but it wasn't different from any other pizza aside from that.

                            I hear Soo's on Hillsborough in Raleigh is better for the Korean Friend Chicken experience.

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                            1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                              The Korian Fried Chicken places I have been to in the New York area have all served wings and legs. Was it soggy or sticky from the sauce?

                              From the NY Times about the wings

                              "In Korea, chickens are much smaller, so the whole chicken is fried and served, hacked up into bite-size pieces. But the large breasts and thighs of American chickens are a challenge to cook evenly.

                              According to Mr. Jin and others, that’s why the Korean-style chicken places here serve mostly wings (true connoisseurs can specify either the upper “arm” or the “wing”) and small drumsticks. The chicken is typically seasoned only after it is fried, with either a sweetish garlic-soy glaze or a hotter red-pepper sauce that brings the dish into Buffalo wing territory."

                                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                  That's wrong, it should be sticky from the sauce but still crunchy. Even stuff we did as take out maintained the crunch.

                                  1. re: chazzer

                                    Okay I just got a box after badminton, I'm no Korean chicken wing aficionado (eat mostly tofu dishes) but they made them to order and I found along with my friends, the hot and spicy wings to be utterly delicious. [quite hot, I adored it but be careful] Mine had crunch and were sticky, but then I got them at 6pm, maybe hounds should try non ultra busy times, as they are just starting.
                                    I'll return for sure to try the boxes and there were a number of Koreans in the place....

                                    1. re: Rory

                                      Right the flavor is fine. I think I was expecting more crunch. Thats why I was asking what others experience with Korean Fried Chicken in general were. Did you eat them there?

                                      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                        No I took them home I can't believe I had enough discipline not to eat them on the way;-)

                                        1. re: Rory

                                          Hmmmm okay so that wasn't it on my end because I too took them to go. But there wasn't any crunch. Just gloppy soft chicken.

                            2. Went by last weekend with my boys. We got slices of bulgogi pizza and an order of wings. I was pleasantly surprised by the pizza crust. I was expecting flaccid, under baked crust but found it to be crispy and a little charred on the bottom. The bulgogi topping was mighty tasty. Will have to get the bulgogi box next time, it has a generous mound of bulgogi.

                              The wings were plenty crispy but I'm not crazy about the sauce. tastes like garlicy BBQ sauce to me.

                              1. went to korchipi a few weeks ago. it was.... reasonable, not great. definitely not memorable enough to think fondly of or even a place i'd crave badly enough to visit again. i'd say that the sauce flavors were very rough around the edges (mostly very sweet) and the wings weren't particularly flavorful. even with the 3 different heat levels, it was difficult to tell the mild from the medium from the hot. also, i recall that the wings were quite soggy within 10 minutes of sitting down. i accept that korean fried chicken wings will get soggy but i think there was something about the batter that didn't hold up to the wetness of the sauce.

                                on the other hand, i followed up a suggestion about going to soo cafe in raleigh next to NCSU. a friend and i ordered the fried chicken with two sauces (sweet and soy garlic). a whole chicken was $19 with sauce ($17 without). the wing and drumstick is as you would imagine. the breast and thigh are cut up into smaller pieces and $19 worth of food is probably enough to feed 3 reasonable people or 2 really hungry people. hands DOWN, a fantastic korean friend chicken joint. in fact, i prefer this over NYC bonchon.

                                The place is solid and owners are really sweet. I will be back soon. I'm not only pick about my food, I'm picky about asian food and extremely picky about my fried chicken.

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                                1. re: whiteonyellow

                                  Ron has mentioned that place and I stated I'd have to go there to have a comparison to Korchipi as theya re the only two Korean Fried Chicken spots I know of

                                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                    Rockycat gave an excellent review of the Raleigh place several months ago!

                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/882103

                                2. Speaking of Korean. Has anyone been to Inter-Korea in Durham?

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                                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                    I had lunch there last week, spicy tofu seafood soup and a squid stir fry lunch box. The tofu soup was at least as good as what I've eaten at Vit Goal. Although I generally like the food better at Seoul Garden, this was solid and I'll return.

                                    1. re: D R C

                                      Was at Chopsticks & More, they got rid of the pizza and put in a proper stove and the menu is Korean eclectic. I went tonight and the place was filled with Koreans. They have shaved ice dessert, Dduk bok ki, bulgogi sandwich, korean tacos, katsu, udon noodles. I had the Dol Sot Bimipab (the hot bowl) with tofu. I'm no expert on Korean food, but the rice was golden and crispy on the bottom and the egg cooked to just the right goey goodness. I enjoyed it a lot, my friend had the korean short ribs box LA Galbi. Very friendly service thesoy-garlic wings smelled great too.

                                      1. re: Rory

                                        Great to hear. That makes two affable and tasty Korean focused areas. HOpe they stick around.