Being part of the food bloggers community is a great thing as you meet great people who enjoy good food, whether in a fancy restaurant or in a casual place. It is thanks to a blogger friend if mine, Malini, The Restaurant Fairy, that I discovered Oppa, a great Korean place in the new Gansevoort Market.
Opta means "old brother" in Korean (yes, this is not the Greek one): it is an endearing name that girls in Korea use with their male friends. When going to Oppa, you need to know few things. First, it is own by the same people who own Bar Suzette in Chelsea Market where I went for dessert after this (I love their butter and sugar crepe). Second, it might only have five seats at the counter, you can just grab your food and go in the back of the Gansevoort Market, where there are large tables...and a piano. Lastly, if you order the chicken sandwich, they will mention to you that it takes 12 minutes. It is simply because they are using an incredible machine to cook it. So do not expect to see them fry the chicken!
So, the fried chicken sandwich is called the Busan Chicken Sandwich. It is composed, besides chicken, of a brioche (really good), pickles, daikon, lettuce and sesame leaf. And when you see them applying their sauce on the chicken, you start drooling.
And then, when it comes in front of you, it is hard to wait before having that first bite. And that bite is spectacular: that chicken is definitely the star there. It is crispy, moist and comes very hot. I love the sauce that is sweet and spicy (you can ask for less spicy). The brioche bread is perfect with it as not dense. I loved it so much that I went back two days later to eat more by the way...
If you prefer a lighter version and still want to eat that fantastic crispy chicken, you can get the Bulging Wings that are made with a Bulgogi Gochujanj Chili sauce. They not only look appetizing, they also taste delicious.
As Jodi does not like chicken, so she decided to go with a salad: Yache Dubu, made with vegetables, kimchi and sesame marinated tofu.
I still dream about this sandwich and wish there was an OPPA restaurant close to where I live. The Busan Chicken Sandwich is one of the best Korean fried chicken and even the wings are amazing. I definitely recommend it.
Enjoy (I surely did)!
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