BonChon Chicken to Open in Myers Park
BonChon Chicken has announced it will open its first Charlotte location in Parke Towne Village in Myers Park.Â Bonchon Chicken is a concept out of South Korea.Â Bonchon means “my hometown” in Korean.Â Bonchon focuses on fried chicken that is not greasy like Americans are used to.Â Korean-style fried chicken is radically different, reflecting an Asian frying technique that renders out the fat in the skin, transforming it into a thin, crackly and almost transparent crust.Â The chicken is unseasoned, barely dredged in very fine flour and then dipped into a thin batter before going into the fryer. The oil temperature is a relatively low 350 degrees, and the chicken is cooked in two separate stages.Â After 10 minutes, the chicken is removed from the oil, shaken vigorously in a wire strainer and allowed to cool for two minutes. This slows the cooking process, preventing the crust from getting too brown before the meat cooks through. It also shaves off all those crusty nubs and crags that American cooks strive for.
After 10 more minutes in the fryer, the chicken is smooth, compact, golden-brown, and done. Then, itâ€™s served plain (with a small dish of salt and pepper for seasoning) or lightly painted with sauce. When itâ€™s done correctly, the sauce is absorbed into the crust, adding savor without making it soggy.Â Koreans usually eat their chicken with beer similar to how Americans eat their chicken wings.Â They rarely eat their fried chicken as a meal.Â Â BonChon Chicken will be going into the bottom floor at Parke Towne which has been a traditionally challenging location.Â There have been several Asian inspired restaurants before them.Â We hope with all the restaurant activity across the street at The Park Road Shopping Center this revolving door of restaurants at the center will finally stop.Â We wish BonChon Chicken all the best and can’t wait to try their menu.