Korean fried chicken has gained popularity in Vancouver in recent years with its thin crust, tender texture, and rich flavour. It can act as a meal, an appetizer, or an after-meal snack, but most popularly, it is paired with beer.
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And Koreans love it so much that they created the word ‘Chimaek’: With ‘chi’ standing for chicken and ‘maek’ for beer (maekju), the power couple will guarantee a good night out.
Nothing will beat a plate of juicy fried chicken and some ice cold beers on a hot summer day.
Here’s a list of the best places to get Korean fried chicken in Vancouver.
Established in 2011, Zabu Chicken is Vancouver’s pioneering Korean restaurant that first introduced authentic Korean fried chicken to the city. Its most popular dish is the Zabu soy original chicken, which is unarguably the most popular flavour back home in South Korea as well.
Address: 1635 Robson Street, Vancouver
Hot-Star has some new menu items to dig into, and one of them is Korean Large Fried Chicken, AKA the ultimate KFC.
Address: 1623-4791 Mcclelland Road, Richmond
Tako is a Korean taco shop serving tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and poutines with a Korean twist. Its Seoul Chicken is boneless and crunchy, and it comes in two flavours: Spicy and original soy. When you’re not in the mood for chicken, you should try the restaurant’s other Korean fare like rice cake skewers and bulgogi poutine.
Address: 601 Expo Boulevard, Vancouver
A visit to BB Pocha on a Friday night will make you feel like you’re in Gangnam. The restaurant is a crowd favourite, serving modern and traditional Korean cuisine. It offers five kinds of Korean fried chicken, and you can also mix and match your favourite chicken flavours. Traditional rice wine and cocktails are also served here.
Address: 52 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Cocoru opened back in 2016 and is one of the most popular Korean fried chicken restaurants in Richmond. It offers four kinds of bone-in chicken and seven kinds of boneless chicken. If you’re a cheese lover, you have to get the ‘Snowfall Chicken,’ which is a plate of juicy chicken topped with layers of cheese.
Address: 2140-8391 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Created by the award-winning Sura Korean Royal Cuisine Restaurant, Hongdae Pocha Cafe is a Korean restaurant serving Korean comfort street food. The café has a fantastic 70s Seoul vibe and opens until 2 am to satisfy your late night cravings. Its original soy chicken is delicious, and it also has a large selection of soju and Korean rice wine.
Address: 1642 Robson Street, Vancouver
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Situated in a second-floor shop space on Robson Street, Ole is a hidden gem for many Korean fried chicken lovers. It offers six kinds of fried chicken, including popular flavours like garlic soy and Yang Nyum. You also get to choose from wings, drumsticks, boneless chicken, or a whole chicken.
Address: 1256 Robson Street, Vancouver