Two Two: Must-try Korean Fried Chicken Restaurant in Seoul

Two Two: Must-try Korean Fried Chicken Restaurant in Seoul

Love Korean fried chicken? Aside from visiting Two Two, you can also sign up for a fun cooking class! View the details here.

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 Fried Chicken or 둘둘치킨 is a great restaurant recommendation for those who wish to try Korean fried chicken in Seoul.

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

  • If you love or want to try Korean street food and spicy fried chicken, you can book this restaurant!

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 popped 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 in your trip, 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 Get Korean Fried Chicken in Seoul

Image credit:  @queenofhells  on Instagram

Image credit: @queenofhells on Instagram

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

Image credit:  @i.aik  on Instagram

Image credit: @i.aik on Instagram

Here are some of the Korean Fried Chicken options listed on Two Two’s menu (prices 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.


Other Korean Fried Chicken Restaurants in Seoul

Alternatively, if you’re looking to try other Korean fried chicken restaurants in Seoul, you can book the following online:

OPTION 1: Oppa Dak Chicken Restaurant in Myeongdong

Taste authentic Korean-style chimaek chicken that's baked and not fried!

🏷 MENU PRICE: around ₱870 or $16.8, if not discounted

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

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

Here’s a review that we found at the booking page of Oppa Dak:

‘It's my 2nd time here. My friends loved the salad chicken. It's in myeongdong so the place is very accessible. It was hassle-free availing the voucher.’

Review: Oppa Dak Korean Fried Chicken Restaurant in Myeongdong

OPTION 2: Pocha Factory Korean Street Food

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.

🏷 MENU PRICE: around ₱780 or $15, if not discounted!

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

Here is a review that we got from this restaurant’s booking page:

‘The chicken was so delicious and I ordered beer to match it. A must try place if you want a place to have fun and eat at the same time.’

Review: Pocha Factory Restaurant Klook


OPTION 3: Chicken Revolution in Passion Island

Satiate your hunger for authentic Korean-style fried chicken at Chicken Revolution! Tucked away in the hip district of Passion Island, this restaurant in Seoul offers twists on the local favorite.

🏷 MENU PRICE: around ₱1,380 or $26.7, if not discounted!

  • 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.


Two Two Korean Fried Chicken Branches & Address

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):

Image credit:  @hyorin_5959  on Instagram

Image 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 on Two Two Fried Chicken Restaurant in Korea

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

#KFC & more

Here’s a photo of Two Two Fried Chicken’s assorted offerings, including tteokbokki!

Image credit:  @tjr000  on Instagram.

Image credit: @tjr000 on Instagram.

#Dipit!

How saucy can your Korean fried chicken get?

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Image credit: @__ukiiiiiii4__ on Instagram

#GoForGarlic!

How about trying Korean fried chicken with garlic?

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Image credit: @like_midori on Instagram

Enjoy your KFC experience!

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