교촌치킨 (Kyochon Chicken)
Reviewed by Aaron Namba on July 26, 2011 / Updated August 5, 2011
I tried Kyochon's spicy fried chicken for the first time in 2006 on my first trip to Seoul. It was love at first bite! I liked it so much that I even tried to replicate it at home in Hawaii, but it proved to be a challenge. This one may be best left to the experts: the crispy skin, juicy meat and fiery sauce all come out perfectly every time Kyochon makes it.
A side note: I actually prefer the dine-in experience, having a round of beers and a platter of chicken with friends (the way I was first introduced to Kyochon), but lately I've noticed the larger restaurants closing after years of neglect, in favor of smaller, delivery-focused shops. This is regrettable, in my opinion (and Kyochon, I know you are reading this, I hope this trend can be reversed!), but in any case, you can still enjoy the same food (and beer!) via their convenient delivery service.
Delivered hot, right to your door
Delivery times are a variable, and can be long during peak hours (~7pm), but this order arrived in around 30 minutes.
We always go for half red sticks and half Kyochon sticks. Comes with a small can of soda and pickled 무. (17000원)
We haven't tried beer delivery, but we have had chicken delivered on numerous occasions. While they have a number of products on offer, when we can, we usually go for the ones with just drumsticks (they call them "sticks").
The box is neatly divided, with soy & garlic on the left, spicy on the right
I can't decide which flavor I like better, and if I ordered one I'd miss the other, so I always order half spicy (red stick) and half soy & garlic (Kyochon stick).
Yum! Nothing quite like it.
Both flavors are strong, but not overwhelming. The red stick has a strong spiciness that builds and lingers for a while, so I like to alternate flavors as I eat.
Currently standing at 17000원 for 8-10 drumsticks, this set has been getting more expensive over the past few years, but what hasn't? At this price, a cheap snack it is not, but despite this and even considering the explosion of chicken chains in recent years, there's still nothing quite like Kyochon. Highly recommended.
- Food: 5/5 - Consistent quality, delivered hot.
- Speed: 3/5 - Sometimes 15 minutes, sometimes 45, no clear pattern that we can see.
- Value: 4/5 - On the small side as a dinner for two, but that's okay, as I think it's intended to be a snack anyway. More expensive than other places, but you get what you pay for.