Jan 20, 2012

Chicken in Bok and Beer 福氣韓國炸雞 (Relocating)


Chicken in Bok and Beer offers Korean style fried chicken in the Shi Da area in Taipei. Chicken in Bok is a familiar comfort food found in bars across Korea. It's kind of like an asian form of chicken wings, but with even more substance, kick, and sweetness. For a price of 250 NT you can get a half order of their signature fried chicken, or other types like their garlic fried chicken. Either one has its own unique flavor and the portions are definitely filling. If you are tired of the run-of-the-mill restaurants around Taipei, give this place a try. One can expect to spend around 300 NT for a satisfying meal. 

                 No. 4, Lane 13, Pǔchéng St, Daan District
Phone #:  02-2363-1688
Business Hours: 12:00-15:00, 17:00-22:30
Accepts Credit Cards: yes
Price Range:   $$
Attire: casual
Good for kids: yes
Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating:  no
Alcohol: yes


Food Quality: 4 out of 5
Decor:  3.5 out of 5
Service: 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 3.67 out of 5
Recommendation: Authentic Korean Fried Chicken

The interior is fairly small, but decorated in a very red and lucky air. They have an HD screen in the room constantly playing korean television with the audio off, so you can only admire their plastically enhanced human exports. Since the dining area is small, they can only serve about seven four-seaters at a given time. I guess this place is a well-kept secret because we have not been required to reserve far in advance to get seated for dinner. The service staff is very friendly and prompt. However, there is nothing done over the average in terms of decor and service so they get a very average score in those departments.
At the start of the meal you are presented with a plate of their salad. It is a sliced cabbage "salad" that is tasty due to their thousand-islandish dressing, but it really is of no nutritional value. I recommend saving this until the chicken comes so that you can use this to contrast the heavier and oilier main entree.
Above is their crispy sweet and mild chicken, which is considered a classic comfort food item. The sauce is kind of like a sweet and sour sauce mixed with some garlic and soy sauce. The fried chicken skin is very thick and still crispy, even when it is doused heavily with their viscous sauce. It is quite amazing how crunchy the skin can still be and how moist the chicken is underneath. The quality definitely trumps KFC and McDonalds fried chicken, but of course this level of food comes at a premium. Wash this down with tall cold mug of Tsing Dao on draft.
If you need more chicken to go with your Tsing Dao, try a half order of Bok garlic chicken. The skin is not as thick, but is very thin and crispy. There are minced garlic layered over which adds that fresh garlic kick to the perfectly moist and oily pieces of chicken. This is my favorite item in the store because it really hits the spot. Although the spicy chicken is tasty and the sauce is flavorful it can get very drizzly all over your face. This item is a clean, crisp, moist, yet strongly flavored alternative. Also, if you have friends who are not so fond of spicy items, this would be wiser choice if you were to share.  Chicken in Bok and Beer is definetly a gem in Taipei. They bring a unique Korean comfort food to Taiwan that is hidden among the ubiquitous soon dubu shops and bibimbap stores littering the city.  

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