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Recession Obsession: KyoChon Fried Chicken

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Korean Fried Chicken results in tastebud confusion. Through delicious overload and a rarely-paralleled flavor density, KFC is a unique treat. (LAist has been a fan.) I’d say “move over Colonel, there’s a new feaux-military chicken-slinging hero in town,” but that’s just not the case. It’d be like alerting Italy to the mounting non-threat that is California Pizza Kitchen ("CPK," if you dine there on the regular.)

Find a friend who hates typical fried chicken, bring him/her/shim to KyoChon, and watch a conversion. The two of you can have this religious experience for about $10 each. That’s why it’s LA’s latest Recession Obsession.

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Finger Licking Amazing

KyoChon’s chicken isn’t monstrously fried the great American way -- where one’s first bite in doesn’t include chicken flesh -- it’s crispy but its skin isn’t a chore. They have wings and “sticks,” a.k.a. chicken legs. While the sticks are meatier (and more expensive,) I find the wings to pack the right mixture of meat, skin, and fantasticness.

Their two flavors are terrific. The Garlic Soy Sauce features its titular ingredients, and seemingly dozens of other complimentary flavors which make these wings unforgettable. The Hot Sweet Sauce brings that taste and addictive mouth-fire. Some bites are so hot you’d swear the chicken was North Korean. Those keep me coming back, and awake some nights, my longing mind fixating over

These wings are made fresh, to order, for you, dear Recession Obsessionist. Whether you like it or not, you’re in no hurry. Hopefully your swelling hunger pangs don’t cause you to utter “another round” before your initial round arrives (I did once when the economy wasn’t in the crapper.) Next thing you know, your wallet is empty.


Like a lot of places in K-Town, KyoChon’s tables feature those cheap-looking plastic buttons. Press, and your server appears. Make sure you don’t use this waitress-summoning pleasure to order anything else off the menu. The rest of their offerings are surprisingly weak.

A self-serve ice cream machine spits out cold desert in shot glass-sized denominations. It’ll help your burning mouth, and won’t further lighten your wallet.

  • KyoChon Chicken Koreatown | 3833 W 6th Street | Los Angeles 90020 | (213) 739-9292
  • Other locations: Torrance, Garden Grove and Rowland Heights

Photos by Caleb Bacon (Twitter) for LAist

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