EDIT: Hello! Kyochon is now closed
Fried chicken is my weakness.
Is there anything more magical than crunching through a layer of golden batter and sinking your teeth into sweet and juicy chicken?
Complimentary cabbage salad
An impromptu dinner is no excuse to contend with the tried and tested. I could barely type 'yes' fast enough when fried chicken was mentioned in the lazy tic-tac of group emails.
We push open the doors to Hello! Kyochon and are greeted by the sight of a basket of fried chicken, draining over the deep-fryer. The chef barely glances at us, and we make our own way down the corridor and into the dining area out the back.
The decor can only be described as minimalist as best but patrons - mostly Korean - seem more focussed on the food than any sense of romantic ambience.
Korean seafood pancake $15
We pick at miniature plates of complimentary cabbage salad before our pajeon seafood pancake arrives, thin and somewhat crispy, made with egg, flour, water, shallots, garlic and prawns.
Fried chicken and spicy marinated chicken $32
Our group of seven orders three half-serves of fried chicken, covering the variations of plain, soy and spicy fried chicken. The batter is delightfully gnarled and knobbly, perfect for nibbling on.
I take my time to extricate every bit of meat and batter from the plain fried chicken, and whilst I enjoy the sticky chilli sweetness of the spicy marinated chicken, the soy version is my favourite - balanced well between sweet and salty.
Spicy marinated chicken
Bulgogi tofu soup $13
Bulgogi tofu soup is a surprise highlight, a huddle of grilled beef, Chinese cabbage and wobbly tofu in a broth that is fiery with chilli. It's spicily addictive.
Seafood dagkalbi for three $54 ($18 per person)
Most diners here share enormous pans of meat or seafood, cooked on the hotplates built into each table. We order the seafood dagkalbi for three people, a colourful mix of vegetables and seafood smothered with kochujang hot bean paste.
A silent but efficient waiter lends a hand with the cooking, stirring the gochujang across the ingredients as the dish slowly heats up from below. By the time we're done with the chicken, the dish is ready, a bubbling magma that is a scavenger's delight of calamari, prawns, mussels, cabbage, noodles and shallots.
Spicy cheese marinated chicken dish $30
But it's the spicy cheese marinated chicken that grabs my attention.
Chicken, spicy bean paste and a layer of molten cheese. Hello! Kyochon. Hel-lo!
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Hello! Kyochon (CLOSED)
Tel: +61 (02) 9411 8766
Open 7 days from 5pm til late
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