After burgers, fried chicken or chicken wings might be the other meal that is growing on the food scene. And, similar to burgers, everybody has to put its own twist. I mean, KFC is one thing, but, once you tried some Korean fried chicken at Hell's Chicken, you will understand why I am so enthusiastic.
The name of course indicates the location: Hell's Kitchen, but, unfortunately for the restaurant, it is located on 10th avenue where the foot traffic is much less than on 9th. Shall I say fortunately for the diners, as it gives a chance to get a table? It is a small place with a nice and warm decor: stainless bar with a wall full of bottles of wine, wood looking walls and two narrow booths.
Food wise, they not only serve fried chicken, but also some classic Korean dishes such as bibimbap, japchae or soondubu. I went with my fried Benny who, like me, loves chicken and we decided to order few dishes.
We started off with mandu or dumplings, fried, rather than steamed. We had a choice between vegetable, pork, shrimp or beef. We chose the later.
The mandu (5) were deliciously crispy with a thin shell, and the feeling was juicy and tasty.
Then, came the chicken platter.
It is a full meal, so it was accompanied by a salad and white rice.
I did not really care about the salad and was more interested in the chicken, smothered by a sweet and spicy sauce, that was so good, quite hot, but so delicious that I would go back to it, using the rice to sooth my mouth that was on fire.
The fried chicken was even better: each piece is dipped in a rice batter, then double fried and brushed with the sauce of your choice.
I decided to go for the Hell's sauce, that has a caramelized tomato base. his was fantastic: sticky for sure, but crispy and a bit sweet, with a perfectly cooked chicken. I totally recommend this.
As a side, I also ordered mac and cheese, made with american cheese and butter. This was a bit disappointing and I would pass next time on it: it was more like tortellini bathed in some cheese sauce that was a bit bland.
Overall is was a delicious meal and I cannot wait to go back to Hell's Kitchen to try some other dishes!
Enjoy (I did)!
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