‘Two Two’ Will Satisfy Your Korean Fried Chicken Craving

‘Two Two’ Will Satisfy Your Korean Fried Chicken Craving

When in Seoul, it is imperative that you add Two Two Fried Chicken in your itinerary. Seriously.

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The Rundown

  • If you think you know everything about fried chicken, you’ll be proved wrong.

  • The Korean version is primarily set apart by the way they’re cooked, seasoned, and flavored.

  • Two Two or 둘둘치킨 is a great recommendation for those who wish to try Korean fried chicken or satisfy their KFC craving.

  • You’ll find a Two Two branch in Myeongdong and Gangnam, among others. Addresses are listed below.

  • For convenience, booking links for other restaurants are provided below.

Also read: How Not to Be Awkward Inside a Jjimjilbang or a Korean Spa

What Makes Korean Fried Chicken Special?

Image credit:  Sous Chef  |  CC by 2.0

Image credit: Sous Chef | CC by 2.0

What got me to try fried chicken in Korea was its smell. I was on my way back to my hostel (after completing the second course of my Discover Seoul Pass itinerary) when the strong scent of chicken and grease got me to stop in the middle of the road as if a cop asked me to. There were two questions that got in my head: Where is this irresistible aroma coming from and must I try fried chicken in Korea?

To the second question, I naturally answered in the affirmative.

However, I started having some second thoughts when I spotted the store since, considering all things, it’s just fried chicken that I may find elsewhere. But after getting a taste, I realized that Korea’s version actually proved quite different in the best of ways. Here’s why:

  • They’re fried twice. Korean fried chicken go through a double-dip to “drain the fat”. This is what makes the skin ‘crackly’, less greasy, and thin (almost transparent), as noted in this Quora thread.

  • They’re fried with less seasoning and batter, if not none at all. Many Korean fried chicken recipes you’ll find such as this one only include salt, pepper, and a little starch. Some also fry the chicken unseasoned since they’ll be flavored afterwards as noted by The New York Times here or served with some sauce on the side. (The sauce very well complements the fried chix!)

  • The chicken’s size is smaller compared to its Western counterparts. As noted in Wikipedia, Koreans use small- or medium-sized chickens because they are easier to cook and results to tender perfection when fried. The very idea is also alluded here by the same The New York Times article:

In Korea, chickens are much smaller, so the whole chicken is fried and served, hacked up into bite-size pieces. But the large breasts and thighs of American chickens are a challenge to cook evenly.
— Julia Moskin, The New York Times

Using this comparison of fried chix in these two countries, it is safe to say that Korean fried chicken, which is also referred to as KFC or 치킨, has become popular in many places outside of its home. It has become a trend in the US, Australia, China, Philippines, Singapore, and more countries — one that I do not see fading out soon.

Of course, it should be noted at this point that Korea’s fried chicken does not come in a single form. Unlike the prawn paste chicken in Singapore or the Southern fried chicken in the US that only mostly varies in terms of spice level, the KFC has much more variety. By referring to Korean fried chicken, you may be pertaining to:

Basic and seasoned Korean fried chicken. Image credit:  맛스타그램

Basic and seasoned Korean fried chicken. Image credit: 맛스타그램

  • Basic (후라이드 치킨 or Huraideu) - your plain Korean fried chicken

  • Seasoned (양념 치킨 or Yangnyeom) - Korean fried chicken that’s “coated in gochujang-based sweet and spicy sauce.

  • Half-and-half (반반 or Banban) - a serving of Korean fried chicken that’s half-seasoned and half-plain

  • Soy or Garlic (간장 치킨 or Ganjang) - Ganjang-based Korean fried chicken (garlicky in taste)

But whatever type of Korean fried chicken you’ll get, expect to get pickled radish for the side and be asked if you want alcohol to go with your order. Here’s a relevant line from Julia Moskin’s story that captures this scenario: “The typical accompaniment to Korean fried chicken is cubes of pickled radish and plenty of beer or soju; the combination produces an irresistible repetition of salt and spice, cold and hot, briny and sweet, crunchy and tender.”

Where to Have Korean Fried Chicken in Seoul?

Image and caption credit: @starlish_gal

The store that got me to stop in the middle of the road, thanks to its very appetizing smell, was Two Two Chicken in Myeongdong (둘둘치킨). The joint is just a 5-minute walk from Myeongdong station and located right beside Pacific Hotel.

On my first visit to Two Two Fried Chicken in Korea, I tried their boneless and unsauced variant. I then tried the boned ones (or the Original) on my next. For my succeeding visits, I’ve alternated between the two to experience the best of both worlds. Below are the Korean fried chicken variants that you too can try at Two Two:

Two Two Fried Chicken Menu

Post credit: @i.aik on Instagram

Here are some of the Korean Fried Chicken options listed on Two Two’s menu (prices of Two Two Korean fried chicken and other items were taken from Shuttle):

  1. Original TwoTwo fried chicken - ‎₩19,800 (around $18 or ₱920)

  2. Chicken with Sauce - ₩19,800 (around $18 or ₱920)

    • Crispy chicken with sweet and spicy sauce

  3. Spicy Sauced Chicken - ₩20,900 (around $19 or ₱960)

  4. Garlic Chicken - ₩19,800 (around $18 or ₱920)

  5. Chicken with Spring Onion - ₩20,900 (around $19 or ₱960)

  6. Drumsticks Only - ₩20,900 (around $19 or ₱960)

  7. Wings Only - ₩20,900 (around $19 or ₱960)

  8. Korean Fried Boneless Chicken - ₩19,800 (around $18 or ₱920)

  9. Boneless Chicken with Sauce - ₩19,800 (around $18 or ₱920)

  10. Boneless Chicken with Spring Onion - ₩22,000 (around $19.5 or ₱1,015)

  11. Half Fried & Half Sauced - ₩19,800 (around $18 or ₱920)

  12. Half Fried & Half Garlic - ₩20,900 (around $19 or ₱960)

  13. Half Garlic & Half Sauced - ₩20,900 (around $19 or ₱960)

If you’re thinking why in the world Korean fried chicken are priced higher than usual, that’s because they come in a huge serving (good for 2-3 people). This price point generally applies to other KFC stores.

You’ll also find other items in Two Two’s menu, such as noodles, fries, and sausage.


BOOK IT!

Alternatively, if you’re looking to try other types of chicken in Korea or other places that offers KFC, you can book the following restaurants online:

OPTION 1: Oppa Dak Chicken Restaurant in Myeongdong

Screengrab from Klook

  • PRICE: ₱870 or $16.8, if not discounted

  • Taste authentic Korean-style chimaek chicken that's baked in a high temperature oven and not fried.

  • Enjoy juicy chicken meat served with many delicious sauces such as sweet chili, teriyaki, peanut and garlic.

  • Dine at Oppa Dak's casual and cozy cafe-style vibe!

  • Pair the restaurant's tasty chicken with their refreshing draft beers

  • Get special deals for Klook customers on baked half chicken with a choice of seasoning, or the yoghurt chicken salad

OPTION 2: Pocha Factory Korean Street Food

Screengrab from Klook

  • PRICE: ₱780 or $15, if not discounted

  • Experience Korean-style night life and drinking culture at Pocha Factory!

  • Pair the restaurant's tasty chicken with some beer, or try sashimi with some local liquor.

  • Enjoy an authentic Korean dining experience with your friends and family.

  • Book through Klook and skip the long queue with our free reservation service!

OPTION 3: Chicken Revolution in Passion Island

Screengrab from Klook

  • PRICE: ₱1,380 or $26.7, if not discounted

  • Satiate your hunger for authentic Korean-style fried chicken at Chicken Revolution!

  • Tucked away in the hip district of Passion Island, this food joint offers twists on local favorites.

  • Smack your lips at the taste of the Butter and Spicy Chicken's silky blend of natural spices.

  • Pair your chosen sets with an ice cold bottle of beer from the shop's extensive list of beverages.

  • Enjoy the Butter and Spicy Chicken Set for less than the original price when you book through Klook!

If the thought of joining a Korean fried chicken cooking class excites you, do click here for more details.

Also read: Sweet Deals from Klook: Promo Codes for Your Travels



Two Two Fried Chicken Branches & Address

Find a Two Two Fried Chicken near you! Post credit: @queenofhells on Instagram

Here are some of the Two Two Fried Chicken locations (둘둘치킨) that you can visit within Seoul:

  • Two Two Fried Chicken Gangnam

    • 6 Yeongdong-daero 85-gil, Daechi-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

  • Two Two Fried Chicken near Itaewon station

    • 217-66 Bogwang-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    • 78-10 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

  • Two Two Fried Chicken Jongno-gu

    • 148 Tongil-ro, Gyonam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

  • Two Two Fried Chicken Jung-gu

    • 258 Eulji-ro, Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    • 136 Seosomun-ro, Taepyeongno 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    • 14 Chungmu-ro 9-gil, Euljiro 3(sam)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

  • Two Two Fried Chicken Mapo-gu

    • 255-16 Gongdeok-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    • 6 Gosan-gil, Daeheung-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    • 54-8 Nogosan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    • 613-9 Ahyeon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

  • Two Two Fried Chicken Myeongdong

    • 20-1 Myeongdong 7-gil, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    • 5 Toegye-ro 20-gil, Namsandong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

  • Two Two Fried Chicken Yongsan-gu

    • 116-1 Hangangno 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Here are some of Two Two Fried Chicken’s branches outside Seoul (addresses may change without notice):

Post credit: @hyorin_5959 on Instagram

  • Two Two Fried Chicken Busan

    • 241-5 Bujeon-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea

    • 1498 U 2(i)-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea

  • Two Two Fried Chicken Daejeon

    • 44-12 Gyeryong-ro 918beon-gil, Jung-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

  • Two Two Fried Chicken Gimhae

    • 1478-2 Samgye-dong, Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea

  • Two Two Two Fried Chicken Suwon

    • 1131-1 Ingye-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea


TIPS!

  • You might have heard of the word chimaek. This is actually a combination of the Korean words chikin and maegju, which means chicken and beer.

  • If you come across a sign that reads “chicken + hof,” that means it’s a Korean-style bar or pub that serves fried chicken.


More Posts

Want to see more of what’s in store for you at Two Two? Check out these Korean fried chicken posts:

1. KFC & more

Here’s a photo of Two Two Fried Chicken’s assorted offerings, including tteokbokki! Post credit: @tjr000 on Instagram.

2. Dip it!

How saucy can your Korean fried chicken get? Post credit: @__ukiiiiiii4__ on Instagram!

3. Go for garlic!

How about trying Korean fried chicken with garlic? Post credit: @like_midori on Instagram!

Enjoy your KFC experience!

If you loved your Korean fried chicken experience, do let us know in the comments section below!

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