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Since the late 1990s and early 2000s, Korean Fried Chicken, which is said to have been invented by one of two Korean restaurant chains (Pelicana Chicken and Mexican Chicken), has expanded from its Seoul origins to achieve international recognition. And it's no wonder why: Doused in a salty-sweet chile sauce, KFC's secret weapon is in the fact that it's double-fried, so that it's just as good, but twice as addictive.
When we first featured ravenouscouple's recipe for Korean Fried Chicken nearly six years ago, we knew we were onto something huge—and in the last several years, as more and more KFC restaurants (no, not that KFC) have opened in New York, our early suspicions were confirmed: This is the good stuff.
Here's how Amanda and Merrill described it when they first tested it in 2010:
Honeyed and fragrant with a fiery kick, ravenouscouple's chicken wings encapsulate the word "addictive." The ingenious combination of coating the wings in Wondra and then double-frying them renders the fat and then crisps the skin to the point that it essentially becomes a shell encasing the succulent meat. We're pleasantly reminded of the best version of General Tso's chicken we've ever had—only better. Fry up a mess of these for your friends, and they'll love you forever.
Just make sure to have a tall beer and a bowl of pickled radish (daikon) nearby to cut the heat and the grease.
For the chicken and batter:
- 2 1/2 pounds chicken wings (tips clipped off and discarded, and wings cut at the joints, washed and pat dry)
- 1 cup Wondra flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Neutral oil, as needed for frying
For the spicy ginger-soy glaze:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup thin-sliced ginger, peeled
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar (or white vinegar)
- 2 tablespoons honey or corn syrup
- 1 to 2 tablespoons chile flakes or Korean fermented chile
- 1 to 2 tablespoons toasted sesame, to serve (optional)
Tell us about the best KFC you've ever had in the comments below!