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KFC from Korea


This Sunday we will travel to Korea and dine the most traditional food, KFC (Korean fried chicken). Last week, a really lovely couple texted me and first of all I want to thank them that I was able to get to know them. Every encounter and every type of communication, also virtual, should be appreciated much more anyway. Ladies and Gentlemen. Curtains up for my first entry from outside of Europe!

KFC (Korean fried chicken)

If you go to Korea, there is no day that you go without hearing, seeing or eating Korean Fried Chicken. Everyone, from kid to adult, likes fried chicken and I lean out of the window and shout: whoever does not like Korean fried chicken, is not a true Korean ;-). When Kevin and Sierra told me about KFC I thought, as many others would, about Kentucky fried chicken. But what is the difference? Korean Fried chicken is mostly covered with a sauce, while the American fried chicken is served without a sauce. Furthermore, the Kentucky fried chicken is usually covered with a really thick fried layer, while the Korean fried chicken has a thinner coating.

Eating KFC is a great opportunity to gather with friends and family. A typical end of work evening ends at the Han River with friends, KFC and lots of Beer.

Kevin und Sierra

Kevin and Sierra from Korea

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Korean Fried Chicken

For this recipe I decided to go with a spicy and sweet sauce as this is one of the classical flavours for fried chicken Korean style. The aromatic taste comes from Gochujang or Korean chilli paste. Furthermore, it is interesting that it is one of the rare meals which is not eaten with rice on the side.

In order to achieve a thin yet crispy coating it has to be prepared differently to the American fried chicken. Instead of frying the meat only once, it hast to be fried until it is almost done. Then it has to cool down on a paper towel. In the meantime, the sauce can be prepared. As soon as the meat has cooled off, it has to be fried for another 30 seconds to one minute to make the outside layer really crispy before putting it into a pan with the sauce.

Ingredients KFC (Korean fried chicken)

For approximately 4 people

  • 1 kg meat of chicken legs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 cups maize starch
  • Vegetable oi

Ingredients Sauce

  • ½ cup of honey
  • 2 tbsp. gochujang
  • 4 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic

Preparation KFC from Korea

In the first step, cut the meat into bite-sized pieces and remove the excessive fat. Peel the garlic cloves and chop them up. Afterwards, crack the eggs into a bowl and add the meat. Mix everything by hand and add the chopped garlic. Take an empty bowl, add maize starch and carefully cover the meat with it until they have a completely white coating. Heat enough oil in a deep-frying pan and fry the chicken until it is slightly brown. Tip: use enough oil that the chicken is completely covered. Also, fry the chicken in small quantities rather than everything at once. As soon as the preferred colour is achieved, take them out and let them cool down on a paper towel.

In the meantime, there is time to start with the sauce. Chop the garlic cloves and add them with all the other ingredients into a pan at medium heat and bring them to boil. Afterwards, turn down the heat a little bit and constantly stir the sauce until it gets viscous. Again, heat oil in a deep-frying pan, add the cold fried chicken and fry it for approximately one more minute in order for them to get the crispy and brown culmination. Place them in the sauce and mix it well.

식사를 즐기다  and enjoy the meal!

KFC from Korea



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