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Bonchon chicken in Sunnyvale (Korean fried chicken)

Cicely | Dec 15, 201008:50 PM

I'm really surprised that no one else has mentioned this place, what with the craze over Korean fried chicken (or is that so 2009?). I discovered an outpost of Bonchon, one of the two Korean fried-chicken chains that have expanded to the U.S., when I caught sight of the sign while driving down El Camino Real a week ago. My boss in Sunnyvale says it's been there for a while, but I'm not sure how long that means and I forgot to ask our server.

Tried it a week or so ago with my husband. We've eaten at Bonchon in LA, although our usual favorite is Kyochon. Bonchon's fried chicken wings were about the same as LA Bonchon's, as far as I can remember, with that signature Korean-fried crispness. They say their basic flavor (the pieces are brushed with sauce) is soy garlic, but to my mind it tastes like neither - there's just a touch of sweetness, like from honey. The taste is definitely distinct from American-style fried chicken, but subtle. The only thing that threw me was that the wings were bizarrely large and kind of smooth rather than knobbly the way chicken wings usually are. I thought they might be battered, unlike most KFC, but that wasn't the case either.

The menu also has some rice-bowl combos and Korean tacos. We got an order of bulgogi rice for our kid. It's fine for someone who doesn't want to eat fried chicken.

Bon Chon
572 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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