After reading about it for a while, in September I tried Korean-style fried chicken at two different places, Kyedong on Northern Blvd. in Flushing and Bon Chon Chicken on Bell Blvd. in Bayside.
I highly recommend that chowhounds who haven't been to check them out. Which one's better? They're both...different.
Bon Chon has a thicker coating and is crunchier (therefore closer to some Southern-style fried chicken in texture) whereas Kyedong has a paper-thin coating and is therefore more delicate.
Bon Chon's hot version is hotter and their soy version seems to be more garlicky. Kyedong again, in both instances, is a bit more delicate (though still delicious).
Kyedong also has other things like pork bellies and Korean sausages on the menu which, while I didn't try them, look quite enticing.
Both cook to order so be prepared to wait a good 20–30 minutes.
So which one is better? They're just different. Which one would I go back to first? Kyedong - to try that sausage!
Until one of these opens up on Fresh Pond Road or Myrtle,
Glendale is hungry...