Malaysian just love Fried Chicken unfortunately the Fried Chicken consume these days at Fast Food outlet and Pasar Malam is not very healthy. Most of these outlets and shops reuse too many time for the frying making the oil very carcinogenic.
I was invited to dinner at KyoChon Chicken at Lot 331, Lower Ground One Utama to try out Double Fried Chicken which was opened just 2 months ago. What makes me curious is that the chicken goes thru a double frying method, which is unique to KyoChon. We were told that the frying oil that were used is Cannola oil.
Kyo in Korean means searching for enlightenment or wisdom and Chon means village. In Korea, where they started in 1991 and now there are more than 1000 plus KyoChon restaurant, KyoChon is normally eaten as a snack finger food. But in Malaysia, customers prefer a full meal and you can order it with white rice, Butter rice or Kim Chi rice as a side dish.
This restaurant ambassador is none other than the popular SUPER JUNIOR – the top band in K-Pop today and it is well decorated with memorabilia of the band.
They have also a stand in life size figurine of the leading team member which is Si-Won at the entrance. Patrons and fans of Super Junior can pose with this figurine.
Our starter for the night is the Potato Wedges. The potato wedges serve here is from the same manufacturer as in Korea and is served with 3 different dipping sauce i.e. namely the Honey mustard, Special BBQ sauce and the Chilli sauce. The wedges were fried to Golden Brown and was very crispy.
There are four type of style that you can had with your chicken i.e. The Original Soy Series, The Salsa Series, The Red Series and The Honey Glazed Series. You can have it either as Wings, Drum Stick or Breast strips.
Original Soy Series – coated with soy garlic glaze. This is my favourite as you can taste the extra crisp even after a while. Most fried chicken tends to lose its crispness after sometime in the open but not in this case. You can taste the soy sauce which was very well marinated into the chicken.
The Salsa Series – coated with special rice batter.
Normally, I don’t quite enjoy the breast fried chicken as it tends to be very plain and tasteless due to the thick meat layers i.e. not very well marinated. At Kyochon, I was delighted to taste a fried chicken breast which was not only very well marinated but was still juicy when you eat it. We understand that chicken served here are marinated for 24 hours. This is to ensure that the flavours are full embedded into the meat.
The Red Series – glazed with hot sauce from Korea’s hottest red chilli pepper. This is the hot stuff and only for those who like to eat Hot Fried Chicken. I find the sauce too overwhelming, it will be beter to order the original and put in the sauce to your liking ie. as a dipping sauce.
The Honey Glazed Series – marinated with a special sauce and glazed with natural Honey sauce. This one is the ladies favourite as it carries the sweet honey taste but again I would prefer the sauce to be added to your need rather than having it glazed into the chicken.
Kyocho mission is simple i.e. to provide a wholesome Fried Chicken meals based on the 3 promises.
- To never, ever serve fast food.
- To use 100% natural ingredients.
- To use only the freshest, healthiest chickens.
To live up to their promise your order for fried chicken are fried after you ordered and not pre-fried like other fast food restaurant where you can get your Fried Chicken instantly, therefore there is a waiting time of 15 minutes. So this is the first motto not serve fast food.
Second promise all ingredient and sauce made are from 100% natural ingredients. You can see a sample of the sauce used here.
The third promise is the freshest and healthiest chicken. Here at Kyochon, they do not use frozen chicken. Chicken comes in chill form and it is very important to ensure the tenderness and freshnest. If chicken are frozen, you can easily spot them i.e. the chicken meat tends to have a reddish and sometime blood clog meat. This is a sign that the chicke n are frozen before being thawed and cooked. At Kyochon, the chicken meat is still white after frying.
If you are really looking for wholesome Fried Chicken, without worrying about the calories and carcinogenic effect, then head over to Kychon Chicken and feel the difference.
Kyochon Chicken (opposite of Cold Storage)
LG 311, Lower Ground Floor,
One Utama Shopping Centre,
No. 1, Persiaran Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Operation hour: 10:00AM – 10:00PM daily