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Kyochon

3833 W. Sixth St.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
213-739-9292
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Photo by Anne Fishbein

Details

  • Daily 10:30am-3am
  • $$
  • Delivery, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
A gleaming, sterile, mostly takeout joint in a Koreatown mall, Kyochon is an early local outpost of a thousand-restaurant chain that prepares chicken with an intense precision more commonly associated with brain surgery or microchips. What do you eat at Kyochon? Fried chicken - a whole tiny chicken chopped into tiny pieces - steeped in a garlicky marinade that supposedly contains 23 ingredients, double-fried to a glassy, thin-skinned crunch, meat rendered of most of its fat, that is similar to what you might find in a good Cantonese restaurant, only juicier. While you wait for your chicken, you are given a bowl of crunchy, sweet-and-sour pickled radish cubes, the classic Korean accompaniment, which is slightly less penitential than it may sound, and as much Coke and Sprite as you can drink. There has been Korean-style chicken in Los Angeles before, but Kyochon may be the most chicken-intensive restaurant on the planet, especially when the sticky Korean pop pauses just long enough to allow the playing of a Kyochon radio commercial, whose clucks and scratchings can be understood in any language.

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  • Trader Joe's Tries to Copy Kyochon's Chicken Wings -- And Fails
    3 years ago by Elina Shatkin

    We love Trader Joe's as much as the next cheap wine-swilling, Candy Cane Joe-Joe-snarfing American (except when they're shafting tomato pickers), but some things, even God shouldn't touch. Kyochon's chicken wings, to be precise. Whe...

  • Jonathan Gold Reviews Kyochon
    4 years ago

    Dear Mr. Gold: You seem to be writing about a lot of Korean restaurants recently. The new KFC is Korean Fried Chicken. I've tried BonChon and Kyochon. While both are good, I have to give the edge to Kyochon, although BonChon gets po...

  • The New KFC: Korean Fried Chicken
    4 years ago by Jonathan Gold

    Dear Mr. Gold: You seem to be writing about a lot of Korean restaurants recently. The new KFC is Korean Fried Chicken. I've tried BonChon and Kyochon. While both are good, I have to give the edge to Kyochon, although BonChon gets po...

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