Kirk over at mmm-yoso blogged about chicken wings recently and mentioned Kyochon. I realized I still hadn’t blogged about my experience with this place yet.
While exploring the new Zion Korean market off Beach Blvd (still labeled Fresia when I went) in Garden Grove, I saw this place inside near the entrance. Since I didn’t feel like cooking, I decided to give Kyochon a try.
All Kyochon does is chicken. You can get chicken wings, chicken bentos, chicken chicken chicken. I guess it’s sort of like a Korean Chik-fil-et but not sandwiches…okay, I’m stretching here with that comparison but you get the idea…
Anyways, the smell wafting from the kitchen was making my tummy grumble. Looking at the menu, they offered up chicken with two different sauces – soy-garlic and spicy. The option to place orders for half/half is available but you have to order at least 4 wings, if memory serves me correctly. The prices were a little high, I thought till I saw I could get a “whole chicken” for ~$20 (tax included). Now, I was thinking a whole chicken would be quite a lot of food and $20 wasn’t too steep for that. I opted on half/half for the sauces since I planned on sharing with my husband who doesn’t do spicy.
When my number was called, I received these two boxes in a rather nice bag, the sort of bag you get when you shop at Banana Republic or Coach. These boxes seemed a little small to each contain half a chicken, but they were crammed to the top with pieces of hacked poultry and taped shut so I guess it adds up.
I had to wait till I got home to munch on it. While I was driving, I could smell the garlic coming from the soy-garlic sauce and let me tell you, it was pretty cruel since I was starving.
Because they had been packaged hot, the steam made the skin on these a little soggy, though there was some crispness here and there. Made me think that next time, I would have to eat some right when I got my order. The meat was nice and moist and the flavor, intense. The spicy really packed a punch for me. Either the chef had it out or my tolerance is diminishing… Looking inside, there really was quite a bit of food, enough that I had leftovers for dinner for the following two days after gorging myself on quite a bit that night (the Husband decided to forgo trying any for some insane reason). They did reheat well, though they did start drying out.
While the chicken was really good, doing the math in my head, it was a bit pricey. Still, I don’t think it’s enough of a deterrant for me to not eat at Kyochon. I’d just do so only when I have a craving for them specifically. Maybe next time, I will try some of their more affordable bentos…
I give Kyochon 3 1/2 NOMs. It would have gotten 4 if it was cheap eats!
Filed under: 3 NOMs, fried chicken, korean, Orange County | Tagged: 3 NOMs, asian, chicken, comfort food, dinner, Fresia Market, fried chicken, Garden Grove, korean, Kyochon, lunch, Orange County, restaurant review, Zion Market |