Sunday, January 26, 2014

Great Chicken at KyoChon Malaysia!

Fried chicken mmm hmm! If you don't love fried chicken you cannot be my friend!

Thanks to Nuffnang, the few of us recently got invited to a session at KyoChon @ One Utama. The first time I met KyoChon was at the Churpout 2013. People were lounging on bean bags at the grassy fields and tucking into toothsome fried chicken with their bare hands. Perfect picture or perfect picture. With such a teaser, it's no wonder the grand launch of KyoChon's first outlet in Malaysia came with such high anticipation. Expectations were high too, as KyoChon is known to be the number one fried chicken in Korea. With 23 years of history since it was founded back in 1991 and more than a thousand outlets across the world, this is their first Halal outlet. 


Situated on the new wing's lower ground floor, tucked in a corner, KyoChon's not too difficult to locate. Mind, KyoChon is NOT a fast food restaurant. The chickens are battered and dunked into the boiling hot canola oil only when an order comes in so it could take about 15 minutes for food to arrive. Delayed gratification, you know (*‿*✿) I actually like the feel of this outlet - the wooden furniture (imported from Korea) and rather rustic interior was simple and clean. All the tables have hooks under them too, just right to hang our handbags. Nice touch. Let's move on to the highlight now - FOOD. GLORIOUS FOOD.

KyoChon Sal Sal Chicken 

Fried boneless chicken strips coated with puffed rice bits and breadcrumbs. 
Can see why many friends love this, it's easy to eat and delicious. 
Proper chicken meat in there, no flour and other fillers nonsense. 

Comes with a choice of jambalaya, honey mustard or picked red pepper (not pictured) sauce.  
Jambalaya is a sort of Korean barbeque sauce btw. I liked the honey mustard best. 

They let us try these bowls of little cubed pickled radish too.
Really enjoyed it - it was fresh and crunchy - complemented the fried chicken well.

KyoChon's potato wedges made from potatoes from America.
You'd never know it's flavoured until you pop them into your mouth. 
Careful though, they're hot off the fryer! Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside mmm!

KyoChon Sal Sal Rice Bowl

A bed of rice topped with cubes of Sal Sal chicken, fresh lettuce, diced onions, chopped mango and olives.  
To be covered in this sweet sauce that beautifully combines all flavours. Sedaaaap!
Don't go all out though, pour only half of the little sauce jar's content. That'll be just enough.

Mandarin Salad with Grilled Chicken

I love that beautifully charred chicken breast. It's optional on the menu btw, RM6 to add-on chicken.
A light and healthy meal for those on a diet. The sauce is not too overpowering, real refreshing actually! 

Blueberry Salad.

Now that's a first. Blueberry dressing and fresh vegetables.

KyoChon Original Soy Series.

The singnature soy flavoured fried chicken yum yum yum! Hope this is the correct image wtf
A pioneer of the unique double-frying method, KyoChon's fried chicken are never dripping with oil you know!
Even as you take a bite and go all the way in, the meat is naturally moist, not oily at all. Super best.

KyoChon Honey Series.

The crunchy honey-glazed exterior was contrasted with flavourful and juicy chicken meat inside. 
So madly sticky and delicious. Best part is, the skin stays crunchy even AFTER it's gone cold.
KyoChon's chicken are said to be never frozen, all fresh from the farm and refrigerated. 
Hence you'll hardly ever find dark blood veins on the meat and the bones too are not blackened, but pale. 

KyoChon Red Series.

As the name suggests, these seemingly innocent chicken are covered with sauce rich in red pepper.
It packs a punch. It packs a great big punch to your tastebuds. Really spicy, and yet still flavourful. 
Don't know how they do it, but it works. Not exactly my kind of delicious torture, but don't mind if I do hehe

Dakgalbi Grilled Chicken

One of the (many) highlights, in my humble opinion. 
The grilled chicken thigh was deliciously tender and crazy juicy.
Comes with a little pot of sticky kimchi rice and fried egg. Wouldn't mind having it again!

and we're back to munching on Sal Sal chicken, potato wedges and more fried chicken! 

Ah great meal, great meal. I finally understand what they mean by..

They say in Korea people there like to have KyoChon fried chicken as a snack (to accompany alcoholic drinks especially) but after that wonderful meal, we were stuffed. I dare say I'd come back again soon for a proper meal. Seriously the fried chicken is fantastic, especially the honey series. Too bad they don't serve alcohol here in Malaysia, without a doubt it'll go great together. Maybe a special non-halal outlet one day in the future? Hehe I'd like that very much. 

I also respect the three promises KyoChon holds true to for all their customers:

1. To never ever to serve fast food 
2. To use 100% natural ingredients
3. To use only the freshest, healthiest chicken.

For now KyoChon is only available in One Utama but fear not dear friends, 
for it will soon be popping up in Sunway Pyramid, Pavilion and jeng jeng jeng - Mid Valley yay! Wait for it okeh! °˖ ✧◝(○ ヮ ○)◜✧˖ ° 

Gahhh looking at all the photos makes me hungry again for KyoChon fried chicken!

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