Sherman's Food Adventures: Chicko Chicken (Guildford)

Chicko Chicken (Guildford)

I really do love KFC.  No, not the Kentucky version, rather Korean Fried Chicken.  It has something to do with the delicious flavours that are available and also the juiciness of the chicken itself.  Now if you haven't noticed, there has been a rush on these places as they seem to be popping up all over the place.  That included dedicated KFC joints as well as full-service restaurants dishing up KFC as well.  One of the more well-known takeout spots is Chicko Chicken, which boasts 14 locations in BC itself.  I finally made it out to the Guildford store to pick up some of the more popular flavours.

Of course, we had to order the Original to get a baseline as well as choosing the Cheese Snow (because who doesn't like cheese?).  Gotta say that the original was pretty solid with juicy chunks of boneless chicken.  It was nicely seasoned where the meat was tender and flavourful.  The batter was crunchy and also seasoned.  I found the cheese snow to be sweet with some saltiness.  There was no absence of cheese powder coating each piece.

The consensus favourite as voted by the kids was the boneless Soy Garlic.  Although I also enjoyed the spicier flavours (next paragraph down), the soy garlic was quite good too.  Building on the same good things about the original, there was a sweet glaze that did have a good amount of garlickiness.  There was just enough sauce on the outside of each piece for effect without being too sticky and wet.

For me, the best flavour was the Buldak as it was slightly sweet, but also rather spicy.  The kick was noticeable but not painful, so it was enjoyable.  For those who wanted something milder, the Yangyeom did it's sweet and tangy thing with only a touch of spice from the gochujang.  We got these flavours with the bone-in and that was a good idea, where the bigger pieces of meat stood up to the stronger flavorus.  Overall, Chicko Chicken was pretty solid and I would order from them again.  I thought it was on the pricier end of the KFC spectrum, but then again, it is mostly meat

The Good:
- Many locations
- Online ordering, so it was easy to just go pick up
- Buldak had good spice

The Bad:
- On the pricier end, but most KFC joints are around there
- Cheese was a bit sweet for me  


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