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Korean Fried Chicken at Galleria Café in Santa Clara

Melanie Wong | May 17, 201205:40 PM

Galleria Cafe is the coffee and snack bar inside Galleria Market, a Korean supermarket, in Santa Clara. Its logo says it was established in 2011.

This little stand actually does some real cooking. These posters depicting spicy fried chicken drew me in. Not wanting to spend $12.99 for a snack, I asked whether smaller orders might be available. The counter lady said I could get a half-order of the spicy chicken for $7.99.

She suggested that I finish my grocery shopping, as the chicken would take some time. I returned to the counter to watch the finishing touches. The chicken had been in the deep fryer for some time. She pulled up the pieces and used shears to snip slashes into the thick parts of the chicken legs, then returned them to the fryer to finish cooking. Once done, the drumsticks were tossed with spicy red sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Ordered for eating in, three drumsticks bathed in red sauce were plated on a silver-colored tray.

Compared to the recent example at San Francisco’s Namu Gaji, the chicken parts were more evenly cooked but also overdone. Sauce was a notch sweeter, simpler and spicier with a thicker texture. I liked Namu’s better, but wouldn’t refuse Galleria’s.

Galleria Cafe
3531 El Camino Real
Santa Clara
408-316-0018 (cell)

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