Updated: Apr 11, 2019
Whether you’re sitting on a park bench near the Han river, on a beach, staying home, working late in the office or at a friend’s house – chicken and beer can be delivered almost anywhere. No matter where you are in Korea, you can send a message to Wonderful to call a restaurant to order food. It’s as crazy simple as that and all you have to do is to be able to properly describe where you are in English - nearby landmarks are helpful meeting points.
There are more than 50,000 chicken restaurants throughout Korea, which outnumbers the number of McDonald’s in the world according to a survey in the Korea Herald. Most of these franchises and independently owned stores deliver which means, chicken is available almost anywhere.
Also known as chimaek, chicken and beer is so popular there’s even a festival in Daegu to celebrate all it’s glory. This year the Chimaek Festival will take place at Duryu Park in Dalseo-gu Daegu from July 18 – 22, 2018. Event planners expect over one million visitors to go to the festival which will include music and cultural performances, and of course lots of chicken and beer. Considering that the population of Korea is only around 50 million people, that's an impressive number of attendees and serious devotion to fried chicken.
Korean chicken comes in many flavors and is available fried, baked, boneless or even whole in some places. It’s even possible to find restaurants that use rice flour or double fry the chicken to make it extra crispy. For those more adventurous and want something other than plain fried chicken, here are some popular sauces and toppings we recommend trying. When you can’t decide on a flavor, there are often options to order half in one and half in another.
yeungnyam – sweet and spicy sauce
ganjang – soy sauce
padal – topped with raw spring onions
snowing – topped with a sweet and savory powder
maneul – garlic sauce
maeoon – extra spicy
booldal – extremely hot and burn your face spicy
As for beer, some places offer to deliver draft beers but Cass and OB are usually more readily available. We’re hoping that as artisan craft beers become more popular in Korea, chicken restaurants will start delivering those too.
For help with accommodations or transportation to the Chimaek Festival, message Wonderful on Kakao or FB messenger. You can customize your trip anyway you like with the help of bilingual personal assistants. For more information check out www.gowonderfully.com.
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