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Federal Way Korean Fried Chicken Report

Amecameca | Dec 2, 200704:43 PM     18

Last week, when I visited my mother in Des Moines, I decided check out Korean fried chicken. There are two KFC places in Federal Way, just about a block from each other. Cockatoo's Chicken Restaurant (33130 Pacific Highway S., No. 5) and Hanmaum's. Don't bother looking for the signs, unless you read Korean. I got to Cockatoo's first, heading south. The atmosphere is more like a bar than a restaurant, with three big screen TV's and large tables full of the Korean happy hour crowd drinking "extra" pitchers of draft beer (holding about a gallon, I'd say). The service was kind of slow, but the waiter was friendly. He brought us a bowl of popcorn and took our drink orders. The draft Hite beer (a Korean brand) was cold and fresh. We ordered the "whole" chicken for $17.95 which comes with a salad and lightly pickled daikon radish cubes. While we were waiting for our order and trying to tune out the violent Korean soap operas playing on two of the three TV's, here comes our friendly waiter with two raw eggs just starting to sizzle on a hot iron plate. My mom commented that we didn't order the eggs. The waiters comment: "Service! It's free." We didn't argue. My mom flipped the eggs to make sure the yokes were cooked and we enjoyed the appetizer. Then our order came -- a large platter of chicken with a bright red "sweet" sauce. The sauce is spicy but apparently not nearly as hot as the hotter variety which the menu calls "ultra" hot. It was a big serving for two people. More than a "whole" chicken. It was delicious. The cabbage salad with some kind of Korean dressing was good too and the daikon helped to clear the palate. We stuffed ourselves and my mom had chicken left over to take home. On our way home we drove by Hanmaum's, just a block south. It looked to be less like a bar and perhaps a little more sedate. We'll have to try it another time. There is a lot of other Korean food on the menu at Cockatoo's. The happy hour specials are only $5 a plate and happy hour runs late (8:30 if I recall correctly), and the place is open way past midnight. It's only open in the evenings. If you haven't tried the other KFC, Cockatoo's is a good place to give it a try.

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