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The ABCs of Korean Bar Snacks & Fried Chicken

The ABCs of Korean Bar Snacks & Fried Chicken

The ABCs of Korean Bar Snacks & Fried Chicken

A is for Addictive Dakgangjeong

Let me tell you a little secret – the key to the perfect Korean fried chicken is all in the double fry. I know, I know, it sounds like more work than it’s worth, but trust me, the end result is worth every extra minute. Imagine taking a bite of golden brown, impossibly crispy chicken that practically melts in your mouth. That, my friends, is the beauty of dakgangjeong.

I first fell in love with this crunchy, sweet and spicy Korean fried chicken masterpiece while visiting Maangchi’s website. Her one-minute video had me hooked – the way she described the “crunchy crunchy like candy” texture, and the fact that it’s “authentically Korean” in two different ways, just reeled me in. I knew I had to try my hand at this.

So, I gathered up my ingredients – potato starch, soy sauce, rice syrup, and all the other essential elements. And let me tell you, the effort was SO worth it. The first bite had me practically doing a happy dance in my kitchen. The chicken was impossibly crunchy on the outside, yet tender and juicy on the inside. And that sauce? Sweet, spicy, and utterly addictive.

I couldn’t help but think, “This is the kind of dish that would steal the show at any party or gathering.” Serve it up with a cold beer, and you’ve got the perfect pairing for some serious snacking and socializing. In fact, the next time I made a batch, I took it to a get-together with friends, and let’s just say it didn’t last long. The compliments were flowing, and everyone was asking for the recipe.

B is for Bubbly Beer Pairing

Speaking of beer, let’s talk about the perfect pairing for all these delectable Korean bar snacks. In Korea, they have a special term for it – “chi-maek,” which is a combination of the words for chicken and beer. And trust me, it’s a match made in heaven.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “But I’m not a beer drinker!” Well, fear not, my friends. Korean beer has a unique flavor profile that I think even the most ardent wine or cocktail enthusiast can appreciate. It’s crisp, refreshing, and just the right amount of carbonation to cut through the richness of the fried chicken.

My personal favorite is Hite, a classic Korean lager that’s been around since 1933. It’s light, easy-drinking, and the perfect companion to all those sweet and spicy flavors. But don’t be afraid to experiment – there are so many amazing Korean craft beers out there these days, from hoppy IPAs to smooth, malty stouts.

And you know what’s even better? Enjoying your Korean fried chicken and beer in an authentic Korean setting, like one of the amazing Korean restaurants in Boston. The atmosphere, the energy, the camaraderie – it all comes together to create the ultimate Korean bar snack experience.

C is for Crunchy, Caramelized Goodness

But let’s not forget the star of the show – those irresistible, crunchy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside Korean fried chicken masterpieces. And the secret to their perfection? It all comes down to that double fry.

The first fry at a lower temperature cooks the chicken all the way through, while the second fry at a higher temp is what gives you that signature shatteringly crisp exterior. It’s a bit of a process, I’ll admit, but the results are simply out of this world.

And the best part? You can elevate those classic flavors in so many ways. Take the dakgangjeong I mentioned earlier – the addition of a sweet and spicy gochujang-based sauce takes the chicken to a whole new level. Or how about a batch of yangnyeom-tongdak, where the chicken is coated in a sticky, garlicky-sweet sauce?

But if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at some of the other Korean fried chicken variations taking the world by storm? There’s the crispy, cheese-coated “cheeseling” version, or the sweet and savory “honey butter chicken.” The possibilities are endless!

No matter which route you choose, one thing’s for certain – when it comes to Korean bar snacks and fried chicken, crunch is king. So get ready to dive in, get a little messy, and savor every last delectable bite.