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Dawa Korean Fried Chicken

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Tried this place recently, it looks very promising. I haven't been this excited from an opening in NDG since Jardin Iwaki and Burger etc(which has completely gone downhill ever since the original cook was replaced).

The place specializes in fried chicken. You have family packs for original fried chicken and korean general tao. There's also a sunsal variant (boneless dark meat) also available in both original and general tao versions. The menu actualy doesn't seem that interesting or varied. They have wings, pa-dak (which is fried chicken with green onions and maybe leeks), grilled(?) chicken and galbi but I have to say no particular item has really caught my interest.

I had a sunsal original combo special (an opening special I believe) served with white rice and a plain garden salad with fried onions. The chicken came with some sweet yellow sauce on the side. The meat was dark and very tender. Batter was very crispy and not greasy at all. Because there were no skin under the batter, the chicken was much less greasier but it did lack a little in flavor. If they just added a little more seasoning to the batter it might make it better, although they may not want to in order to avoid overkill with the sweet sauce, but I would personally prefer a more savory chicken. I also believe the regular bone in pieces have the skin removed. Portions were decent, and the pricing for the regular items were also very reasonable. Way more reasonable than fried chicken offered in yuppie hipster hip southern american joints. Although I'm not 100% sure, I believe you have better value for family packs at Dawa than you do at Poulet Bronze. The individual meals at Poulet Bronze are definitely more filling though (greasier mostly).

I'm not sure how koreans usually eat their fried chicken, but i find the sides to be quite uninspiring, (fries, onion rings, white rice, garden salad, coleslaw). For those who are looking for an out of the ordinary ethnic experience this might not be for them.

They only do takeout and eating in, but they plan on getting delivery. Also they plan on getting a liquor license. The most negative aspect of my meal was the modern african american swag music videos playing in the dining room. It's still somewhat less annoying than oriental pop music you would expect to find in an asian joint staffed by young asians though. Seeing how this place is located in an unhip area of NDG and given the kind of cuisine they are serving, I guess the choice of music would reflect better on the clientele than hip white people music or oriental bubble gum pop.

This is probably going to be the best fried chicken NDG has ever had, although I have never tried the Yanghyum at Hwang Kum or the fried chicken at Ma's place and Montreal Carribbean. It sure beats KFC on any other day than Tuesday though.

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  1. We saw this place a few weeks ago and have been thinking of it since.
    Do they offer any type of spicy fried chicken, either in the batter or sauce?

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    1. re: porker

      I believe the Tao is supposed to be mildly spicy. If not the girls working there were open for suggestions after I was done with my meal. I'm sure hot sauce would be a feasonable suggestion/request. They do have gochu jang on hand for their grilled chicken. Maybe they'll have a watered down version of buldak in the future.

    2. The Korean Tao version is terrible, not spicy. Go for the regular fried which is quite solid.

      1. "Burger etc(which has completely gone downhill ever since the original cook was replaced)."

        Oh oh, I haven't been since the fall but I still praise it and have been meaning to go back. Passed by a few Sundays ago and it was closed. What happened? Sorry for going off topic.