If you've never heard of Bon Chon Chicken, I highly suggest you run to the nearest internet connected device and Google where the closest store is to your location. I just recently tried these succulent, juicy, and ridiculously (emphasis on the ridiculous) crunchy chicken wings and it changed my life forever. If you live in the New York, California, Washington, or New Jersey areas then I would definitely give these wings a try. My sister first turned me onto these wings after she had her first Bon Chon experience and she couldn't stop raving about them ever since. After hearing all of the hype, I decided to give these little suckers a try. Once I finished my first batch of Bon Chon wings, I realized that these were the best wings I have ever tried in my life and could be the best in the entire country. Here are the reasons why I believe Bon Chon chicken is the best fried chicken in America.
Why is Korean Bon Chon Chicken the best?1) EXTREME crunch
A lot of chicken wing restaurants in the country tend to heavily batter their fried chicken to give it extra flavor and crunch. However, Bon Chon separates itself from the rest of the pack. Now, I have no idea what their frying technique is, but I can assure you that these wings will break like glass once you bite into them. They somehow transformed the skin into a candy like substance that shatters once it hits your mouth. They also were able to retain the chicken's natural moisture, so the meat stays juicy while the exterior provides an indescribable crunch.
2) No mess
Another reason why I think these fried chicken wings are the best in America is because the sauce is somehow embedded into the crunchy skin. Most bars and restaurants tend to fry the chicken wings and douse wing sauce onto the meat, which leaves your mouth and fingers very messy while eating. However, Bon Chon has reinvented the way we think of sauces. Their sauce seems to be infused into the skin of the chicken or is some form of adhesive glaze that just leaves your fingers very clean when you dig into these morsels of goodness.
3) Less greasy and fatty
Bon Chon claims to have a secret double frying method that makes their wings "healthier". Although I am skeptical of these claims since pretty much anything deep fried in oil adds tons of unwanted calories and fat, I do feel like their wings ARE less greasy and fatty. If you're a chicken wing fanatic, you know the difference between good and crappy wings. I've tried some in dive bars where the skin was still soggy and chewy and it just ruins the taste of the wings. Bon Chon, through some crazy ancient Asian frying method, almost obliterates the fat off the skin and leaves it as a crunchy outer crust. It's heavenly.
4) Unique and Asian-y Flavors
I know Bon Chon only has two flavors, but they are absolutely delicious. The first is a non spicy Soy Garlic, which kinda tastes like a soy sauce mixed with teriyaki. This one is not spicy at all. The other flavor is just called Hot and Spicy and I'll admit its ridiculously spicy. The first wing isn't so bad, but then the spiciness DEFINITELY creeps up on you. Watch out for those creepers. The only issue is that these wings probably have crack in them and you can't stop eating, even if it's fire in your mouth. At least its delicious fire.
I am glad Korean fried chicken is starting to get some recognition around the country. People are slowly starting to realize how good these little suckers are and will do anything to get their hands on them. At the end of the day, Asians love fried chicken and each country has their own version of preparing them. If you want to see what else Asians like, check out my list of 30 Things Asians Love. Until then, happy eating!
Note: I am not employed or have ever been employed by Bon Chon Chicken. I am just an avid fan that is addicted to their chicken!
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