Dish of the Day: Korean Chicken Honey Butter BBQ
You can’t say you know all about crispy fried chicken unless you have tried Korean fried chicken. The perfectly crunchy chicken coated with a sticky, savoury sauce. Every bite bursts with juicy chicken and flavourful sauce. Once you start to eat them, it will be quite hard to stop, especially with the Honey Butter BBQ sauce.
Honey butter sauce is all the craze in Korea. People are going crazy over it due to its aromatic and buttery sweet taste. Thus, the combination of both fried chicken and honey butter BBQ sauce together is definitely a heavenly match!
What is Korean Fried Chicken?
Korean fried chicken is well-known to be crispier compared to other countries. It is usually deep-fried twice to produce that crunchiness. The fried chicken will then be coated with sticky and sweet sauce.
This produces a unique combination of flavours. You will get the natural chicken flavour with a rich savoury and sweet taste. It is quite an addictive dish, and you can eat it as a meal with rice or as a snack.
There is hardly any proof to say when this dish existed. It is one of the innovative dishes that people created along the way.
Traditionally, Korean is known to prepare chicken dishes by steaming or in soups. However, during the Korean War around the 1950s, the American soldier brought the concept of deep-fried chicken to Korea. Many stalls sold American fried chicken at the time.
During the late 1960s, Korean people began selling whole chicken that is roasted in the oven. In the year 1977, the first fried chicken franchise was established in Seoul. The chicken was sold in small individual pieces.
The trend of coating the chicken with sauce started in 1982. At first, the spicy sauce coats the fried chicken to soften the hard flours of the chicken. Since then, many other various sauces were created to cater to the taste of the Koreans.
Due to the uniqueness of the dish, Korean fried chicken becomes popular and widely spread across the globe. People around the world also start to experiment with the sauce to suits the local preference.
Typically, the sauce is sweet and tangy with a hint of spiciness from gochujang (Korean red chilli pepper paste). Depending on personal preferences, it can be fiery hot or just a mild taste. At some places, they prefer to use ketchup instead of gochujang.
Besides gochujang, people also add a bit of gochugaru (Korean red chilli pepper flakes) to boosts the heat level. It gives a unique spicy taste to the sauce.
For honey butter BBQ sauce, it is usually a sweet and tangy sauce. The sauce consists of garlic, butter, honey, soy sauce, and barbecue sauce. This creates a perfect balance of sweet, salty, savoury, and tangy sauce.
Korean fried chicken is usually garnished with chopped peanuts or sesame seeds. It gives a different crunchiness and flavour to the dish. People are hardly able to resist the temptation of indulging in this meal.
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Or else, you can try to make your own Korean Chicken Honey Butter BBQ by using our recipe!
Article Written By Anna
Anna is an absolute foodie, and lives by the motto that food is happiness. She is a writer by day and a gamer by night. She believes that good food comes from all over and is constantly amazed by the passion and dedication it takes to make food that warms the soul.