Oh Bonchon….how I love thee.
For those of you unfamiliar with Bonchon, it’s a Korean chain restaurant really only known for one thing – fried chicken. They have quite possibly the best fried chicken wings i’ve ever had in my life. Now this isn’t just your everyday KFC nonsense. These wings are a whole different beast that you have to try to fully appreciate.
We decided to go one night of our last week in Allston because I really wanted Selma to try it out before we left that area for good. Even on a weeknight, this place gets packed. Whenever I walk by, there is always a line forming out of the door. However, we were lucky enough to get seated at the bar without a wait.
We started off with a philly roll because that’s how we roll…(good one Alex). It was quite tasty…but then again, I don’t know how you could mess this one up.
Next came our wings. They are served in two flavors – soy garlic and hot. We got half of each. The key to their deliciousness is that they are double fried. They fry it first with just the batter until they are cooked and have formed a crispy shell. Then, they flash fry them and cover them in sauce while they are still hot, giving them their unique crunch and flavor. The soy garlic are my favorite – just the right amount of salty-sweet goodness. The hot are really spicy but they are amazing as well and offer a nice contrast to the soy garlic. The only negative I have is that they are a little on the pricy side for what they are.
They also serve the wings with a side of pickled daikon and cole slaw to balance out the heat.
If you have time to kill and are craving something fried after a long night out (perfect hangover food), I would highly recommend Bonchon. Just be ready to wait if you go at peak times. Also, I haven’t tried any of their other main dishes but I’ve heard from friends to just stick with the wings.