Affectionately known as KFC, Korean Fried Chicken is crispy fried chicken coated in a thick, sweet and spicy sauce.
I love Melbourne. We’ve been lucky enough to go there once a year, I think, for the last few years and I just have so much fun there. We only ever spend 4-5 days and I think it just gives me an appetite for more. Which brings me to my favourite part of Melbourne. Food! Big duh! I think there must be a restaurant on each and every corner and every time we go, more have popped up.
We went to Melbourne for the Australian Open with my Mum & Dad. We had a great time. Good tennis, good food, great company, the zoo – what more can you ask for? I had to mention the zoo ‘cause I love animals as much as I love food. They even have a cat café there. Yep, you can go and sip your latte with cats for company. I didn’t go in but maybe one day …… hehehe. Scott loves the crazy cat lady line and I’m only too happy to play into it.
Anyway, you’re here for food. I was craving two things while in Melbourne (‘cause they were everywhere!) and not one of them did I have while we were there. So, of course, I’ll just have to make ‘em. The first was a good jam doughnut (Doughnut or donut? Hmm. Depends how you roll I guess). The second was Korean Fried Chicken. I must have dropped a million hints (yes, family, you hear me) and no one took the bait. No one cared that all those photos in the windows were calling my name every single time we strolled past. Ugh! It’s the first thing I researched on the bus trip to the airport to fly home. I then went on to make this that very night when we got home and it was awesome. So here we have it – Korean Fried Chicken Wings. (Doughnuts to come soon 😉 )
These were pretty easy. I made a quick vegetable pickle and cooked some plain white rice to serve with it. Not for the faint of heart, these things are sticky. Really sticky. You will get it everywhere. Or maybe that was just me – any hoo… Just a spicy, syrupy sauce and twice fry the wings and you’re there. The first step is to dry the chicken wings out in the refrigerator for 24 hours. I’m telling you this, because every second recipe I researched said this. I’m not that patient and I wanted my wings now, Dammit! I dried them for 2 hours and they worked just fine but next time I will organise myself better and try that 24 hour thing. It makes sense. The drier they are, the crispier the end result.
Go forth and FRY!
- For the wings;
- 10 chicken wings (split at joint, tips discarded)
- Vegetable oil (enough to fill a large sauce pan to 5cm depth)
- 1/2 cup cornflour
- 1/4 cup plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- For the sauce
- 2 tbsp peanut oil
- 2 tablespoons coarsley grated onion
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 3 teaspoon finely grated ginger
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons or mirin
- 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
- 2-3 tablespoons gochujang , Korean red chili pepper paste (do this to your own taste)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil
Serves 2 really hungry people (dependent on how big the wings are)
Lay the wing pieces out on a large tray so they are all separated. Sprinkle with a little salt. Place in the fridge for 24 hours (this step is to dry them out). You can do it a shorter time and still get great results but the longer they dry out the crispier the end result will be.
Heat the peanut oil in small saucepan then add garlic, onion and ginger. Stirfry until fragrant (a minute or two) . Add the remaining sauce ingredients and simmer 7 - 10 mins until thick & syrupy.
While the sauce is simmering, heat the vegetable oil in a deep saucepan to 160C. Mix together the flour, cornflour, baking soda, pepper and salt to taste. Roll the wing pieces in the flour mixture to coat well right before they go into the hot oil. Gently place around 7 of the pieces at a time (3 batches) into the hot oil and deep fry for 5 minutes until just starting to get golden. Remove from the oil and drain on rack over paper towel. Do two more batches, keeping them warm in oven between batches.
Raise the heat of the oil to 200C
Recoat pieces in the flour mix and fry for another 5 minutes until golden. Add to the warm sauce and stir to coat thoroughly. Serve immediately.
Serve with steamed rice & pickled vegetables
If you can’t get gochujang you can make a very simple version by mixing 2tbsp chilli paste, honey & white miso together (yeah, ‘cause everyone has miso in the fridge!). Well I did. Umm, if you’re in the right shop for miso, you’re probably in the right shop for gochujang.