Yangnyeom Tongdak (Korean Fried Chicken)

Yangnyeom Tongdak

Yangnyeom Tongdak (양념통닭) is basically Korean fried chicken, which means that it is the answer to the question almost every meat-eater asks at some point in their life: Can fried chicken get more delicious? It can. If you make it in Korean style.

Apart from the seasoning, which I will be mentioning shortly, the main difference between Korean fried chicken and the beloved American fried chicken is that in Korean method, you fry the chicken twice. Doing this makes the skin of the chicken crunchier and less greasy. I won’t comment on it being better or worse, as it depends on your preferences.

Now let’s talk about the seasoning, where the real magic happens. Seasoning is very important, as the name of the dish suggests: Yangnyeom means seasoned and tongdak means a whole chicken. So the chicken is seasoned with a sweet, spicy and sour sauce made using several ingredients like onions, garlic, soy sauce and spices. As you can guess, there is no definitive recipe for the seasoning so you can make your own according to your taste. You may make it extra hot, sour, salty or you can go for a very light sauce too. It is open to experimenting so you shouldn’t be afraid!

Yangnyeom tongdak is a popular snack in Korean restaurants, mostly served with pickled radishes, soju and beer. I think it is a perfect choice for those who want to add a twist to the regular fried chicken. Also, if you want to explore Korean cuisine but not sure where to start exactly with all those meals out there looking -and sounding- very unconventional, this can be a good starting point for a mild transition.

Main Ingredients: Chicken, flour, seasoning ingredients

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