5.242 Soy Garlic Chicken Thighs

Cycle 5 – Item 242

4 (Thu) September 2014

Soy Garlic Chicken Thighs


from Bonchon

(Robinsons Place)

in my apartment

-Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-


Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (83) (see also TERRP)

Living above Robinsons Place, I’ve been eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, my unique contribution to the city’s food/blog scene.

Try Every Korean Restaurant in Ermita and Malate (7) (see also TEKREM)

Surveying all the Korean eateries, including those serving Korean-Chinese fare, located in the neighborhoods of Ermita and Malate, nearby work and home.  Minimum of 1 dish per place.  Currently 45 establishments.  Though anticipating that most of the places will be mediocre, I look forward to exploring more of my environment.

Bonchon is a Korean restaurant chain.  Founded 2002, in Busan, Republic of Korea.  Currently over 10 locations in Korea, over 20 in the States, over 60 in the Philippines, a few in Thailand and in Indonesia.  Specializes in fried chicken but also offers other vaguely Korean-ish dishes.  While the name of the business translates to “home (bon) town (chon).”

Customers are allowed to choose their preferred pieces, no differences in price.
Koreans love to make up weird crap and randomly attribute it to various countries, so now other countries are doing it back.

Being Korean, we couldn’t be expected to eat fried chicken without beer.  Beer is on the menu, but the restaurant was sold out.  They also wouldn’t allow BYOB.  So, we got the chicken and a few other items to go and ate it back at my apartment.

The chicken was excellent.  The skin was perfectly crispy, maintaining its texture through the transport to the end of the meal.   Within, the flesh was juicy and tender.  Marinated in soy garlic sauce, exactly like that of the chicken from similarly named and iconic fried chicken chain Kyochon (see for example 4.094 Original Soy-Garlic Chicken), the flavor was sweet and savory.  But maybe we’d ordered too much, and too many of the same part, because it got kinda heavy after awhile (that’s how I often feel after a couple pieces of Kyochon).  I wouldn’t object to trying it again.

Kimchi Coleslaw (2.5): like coleslaw with kimchi juice.
Seoul Fried Rice (2.0): didn’t really taste like anything.
Japchae (0.0): generally not too bad, actually tasting like authentic if cheap japchae (in Manila, japchae usually tastes somewhat like Chinese chowmein), but the spinach (not visible in the photo) was a bit off.



Leave a Reply