Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Korean Fried Chicken (KFC)

I was attracted by this Korean Fried Chicken at Almost Bourdain, I am a korean food lover and these drumsticks look so mouth-watering that I hardly can resist the temptation. I went to the Korean minmart to get hold of the gochujang (red pepper paste) - a savory and pungent fermented Korean condiment but I didn't have chance to cook it at home since FIL can't consume food with beans. So I passed this recipe to dear sister and she was immediately drawn by it too and volunteered to cook during Saturday, my visiting day to dear mum's place :P.

Although this chicken was not cooked by me, I still decided to post it to share the delicious dish. Pls excuse for the poor lighting as this dish was ready after sunset and the lighting in my mum's dining area is quite dim.

Recipe adapted from Gourmet Traveller Magazine Sept 2010 issue through Almost Bourdain.

Gourmet Traveller - "This chicken is fried twice (or if you like, thrice) to become extra crisp. Toss it through the sauce after it's fried - thoroughly messy, but seriously good.

Ingredients :
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
2 kg chicken pieces (drumsticks and wings)
Thinly sliced spring onion, to serve

115 g plain flour, sieved
2 tbsp cornflour
1 eggwhite, lightly beaten

Chilli sauce:
2 tbsp each soy sauce and rice vinegar
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp sugar
10 g ginger (about 2 cm) piece, finely grated
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
65 gm (1/4 cup) gochujang

Method :
1. For chilli sauce, combine ingredients in a large bowl, season to taste with freshly ground pepper and set aside.
2. For batter, whisk flours, eggwhite and 170 ml cold water in bowl. Season to taste and set aside.
3. Preheat oil in a deep-sided saucepan to 180C. Dip chicken pieces in batter and deep-fry in batches, turning occasionally until light golden (5-6 minutes). Drain on absorbent paper until cooled slightly (10-15 minutes).
4. Deep-fry chicken again, in batches, until crisp and deep golden (6-8 minutes), drain on absorbent paper, then add to sauce, toss to coat and serve hot topped with spring onion.

These are truely finger licking good although was salty, dear sister added a pinch of salt to marinate the chicken as she afraid the chicken might taste bland but ended up, too salty hahaha.... However, none of us can stop at one, we kept going back for more as the chicken is simply unresistable good, truely a keeper.


  1. I am sold!!! i'm a suckaaa for chicken wings! especially if they are spicy.

  2. Hi Jess,

    May I know the soy sauce is light soy sauce or dark soy sauce? The chickens look so inviting, I want to try this out leh.. hee

  3. I'm a Korean food lover too and this dish looks absolutely yummy. Will give it a try since I have all the ingredients sitting in my fridge, hehe.

  4. i really like spicy dishes! and this really looks very delicious! yummy!

  5. Hi Made2Order, I am chicken lover too and love spicy either too :).

    Neyeeloh, my sis used light soya sauce.

    Belly Good Cooking, do try it out and let me know whether you like it as me or not :).

    Thanks Jess, I love spicy food too!

  6. wow....look yummy! I can take more rice if have this chicken. I like drum stick and will try for next time.

  7. They look finger licking good!! Well done, Jess! Thanks for the shout out.

  8. tempting and delicious...that's all!

  9. This KFC definitely looks and tastes much better than the other KFC. Haha!

  10. Wow, almost sticking my hand to the screen to grab a chicken wing! I think I can eat a whole bunch of it no problem....just too lazy to fry it, lol! But thanks for sharing this, a great dish to share with friend & family. ;)

  11. Your version of KFC really looks delicious with the souce. Thanks for sharing!

  12. My korean-crazy daughter will drool and finish the whole plate.

  13. omg! such coincidence! i cooked korean rice cake today and i still have ko chu jang left (: (: im soooo going to try this and blog it (: thank you!

  14. WOW! I bet this must be better than the KFC. Your KFC looks really tasty and juicy!

  15. Too bad, somehow I dun really like korean food, but the chicken wing do look pretty good

  16. So tempting, i am opp with u, i am a japanese food lover, hehe...

  17. Jocelin, I can eat these chicken even without rice, good for finger food as well :).

    Ellie, I must thank you for sharing the recipe.

    Allison, indeed these chicken are very good.

  18. SSB, oh I would dare to say is this KFC is better heeheehee...

    Bee, I dislike deep frying too, next time will use oven bake to see any diff.

    DG, is the sauce tat made the chicken so addictive.

  19. Sonia, I salivated when saw Ellie's, that's why chong to buy the sauce heeheehee...

    Busygran, I guess even non korean food lover will like it.

    Sweetylicious, then you must try this KFC.

  20. Grace, yes these chicken are very tasty n delicious.

    Wendy, I think even non Korean food lover will like this chicken lei...

    Somewhere in Singapore, i love Japanese food too :)

  21. Ohhh.... yum yum. this looks so juicy and it makes me drool!!

  22. i hardly eat korean food and i just cant imagine how this taste like.. but it looks delicious to me..your sister sure can cook too! also thanks for following.

  23. I have this Gochujang at home which I made the Korea mixed rice. The KFC looks so good, will definitely try this. thanks Jess :)

  24. These chicken wings are so fingers lick'g good! I got to bookmark this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Fingerlicking! Never have Gochujang before...

  26. Wow! This looks really good! And good for licking fingers too! Yum. I've not tried this yet. :p

  27. yummy! i love korean food 2, which wondering which is the convenient all in 1 type of korea supermart to shop 4 ingredients ? Kimchi ? or any good recommendations on korean food resturants ? thks.

  28. Hey Jess..can we be good friends? HEHEHEHEHE.. =)~~~~~~~~~

  29. This wings look awesome. I invited my friends for dinner this sunday and I am so tempted to make this since I have a tub of the same Korean chili paste.

  30. Your KFC looks much better than Colonel Sanders KFC! Would love to grab a piece right now!

  31. Goodie goodie goodie, these KFC chicken look finger licking good. ^_^ I like the shinny sauce coating. Must be very tasty! Yumm.... Hope you're going to have a great weekend.

  32. Jess, this looks so yummy .. finger licking good as well!

  33. I love good in lots of dishes. Love that chicken wings. Looks sticky, spicy and delicious. Would love to try someday.

  34. I love making too :) They look fingers lickin' good!

  35. These sound just delicious. The chili paste will be hard to find here, but I can special order it. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  36. This is simply AMAZING....unbelievable talent you have!

  37. Honey boy, I was exactly like you when 1st saw this at Ellie's blog :).

    Lena, the taste is great if you like salty and spicy chicken wing with sticky sauce.

    鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝, is really yummy.

  38. Ann, do try it, is finger licking.

    Food For Tots, do try it, is delicious.

    Yes Tigerfish, this is really finger licking delicious.

  39. Angie, I love gochujang, try it if you have chance.

    Jane, this is good, give it a try.

    Jackie, you just need to go any Korean supermarket I am sure you are able to get the ingredients. I got it from the shop at Burlington Square next to Sim Lim Square. As for Korean food restaurant, I usually will go for Korean bbq, my favourite restaurant will be C hang Korean BBQ restaurant at Dempsey Road and Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ at Esplande. There is another Korean restaurant (not bbq) I like has closed down, used to be at Furama Hotel and now they are waiting for relocation at NUS building.

  40. Coraine, sure heeheehee...

    ICook4Fun, hope you have tried the KFC and love it like I do :).

    Cheah, yes taste better too :P

  41. Kristy, yes the sauce coating is really so yummy!

    Do give it a try My Cooking Hut.

    Jo, yes it is indeed finger licking good.

  42. MaryMoh, if you love gochujang then you have to give this recipe a try.

    3 Hungry Tummies, this has becoming my favourite KFC :).

    Mary, hope you are able to get it and try it.

    Thanks Food Flair.

  43. Hey, I am checking this blog using the phone and this appears to be kind of odd. Thought you'd wish to know. This is a great write-up nevertheless, did not mess that up.

    - David


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