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Where to Find Korean Fried Chicken in Portland and Beyond

Where to find yangnyeom-tongdak and dakgangjeong, from the chains to the food carts

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While Portland isn’t known for a rich Korean food scene, the thirst for Korean Fried Chicken is serious. When Bonchon finally opened an Oregon location this year, the international chain had to shut down the location’s online ordering, due to the massive demand that led to shockingly long wait times on opening day. Readers won’t need to worry about long queues though, as this map also has plenty of established KFC spots, from Beaverton to Happy Valley.

Korean fried chicken is celebrated for its crispness and sweet, lacquered sauces like a spicy yangnyeom or a sweet, garlicky dakgangjeong. The result is a sticky, juicy fried chicken that is hard not to obsess over. While not necessary by any means, a beer pairing is recommended for the full “Chimaek” experience (Suggested: Cass or Hite).

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

Note: The restaurants on this map are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.

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One Korean Restaurant

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One Korean is a remarkable Korean spot boasting a huge menu of items that are both staples and hard-to-find Korean specialties. Within this menu, patrons will find sweet & spicy, soy garlic and original flavored fried chicken. The portions here are fairly large, easily shared family-style alongside other hits, like the short rib soup and the spicy baby octopus. One Korean is located in Beaverton off Murray Blvd. and is currently sticking to takeout and delivery.

ChiMcking

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Another KFC chain from Korea, ChiMcking serves extra crunchy boneless or bone-in wings in three flavors: soy garlic, hot king and extra hot king. At ChiMcking, the wings are the star of the show, complemented by the rest of the menu. The recommended pairing is the rice king, which comes with rice, pickles, nori, and fish all in a personal cup. While ChiMcking is still working on some menu items, it’s currently open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

Honey Spicy Bowl

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Tucked away next to Joy Cinema in Tigard, Honey Spicy offers a variety of to-go Korean bowls and snacks. While the menu is brimming with options, the fried chicken is definitely the jewel in the crown: The chicken comes in honey spicy or honey soy sauce flavor, served in bowl with purple rice, salad, mashed potatoes, and macaroni or in popcorn chicken form with tots. Honey Spicy is currently only offering takeout and delivery and doesn’t have indoor or outdoor seating.

Chimaek Town

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Located in the former Wild Wasabe space, Chimaek Town offers KFC in four flavors: honey butter, yangnyeom (sweet and spicy), soy garlic, and snow cheese, served as either wings or tenders with a side of pickled daikon. Eaters who like a good pairing should order one of the larger Korean hot pots: Korean army stew, beef bulgogi, or spicy rice cakes. Chimaek Town is open for takeout, outdoor dining, and delivery.

Ko Sisters Seoul Food

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Located inside the new Cartside food cart pod, Ko Sisters offers a mix of Korean comfort and street food. While there are many items folks should try, the fried chicken here is ridiculously crispy and the generous portions could probably feed a family. The chicken comes with a side of rice and can be ordered mild, spicy, or half and half. Ko Sisters can be ordered as delivery or takeout and has outdoor seating provided by the pod.

KPUB Grill and Beer Tap Room

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K-Pub, the Korean restaurant that grounds the popular Park the Carts pod, slings a diverse menu of Korean dishes and a solid rendition of KFC. The chicken comes bright red and saucy, with options of heat level and a choice of boneless or bone-in. The move here is to order the boneless together with rice cakes. K-Pub is currently open for take-out, outdoor seating, and delivery.

Han Oak Restaurant

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One of the more well-known restaurants for its take on KFC, Han Oak continues to dish out its famed wings dusted with the salty-sweet “essence of instant ramen” seasoning. Han Oak’s KFC can be ordered in 3-piece or 6-piece options during dinner hours on the weekend and come with bread-and-butter daikon pickles. Ordering at Han Oak must be done online through this site, and has the option for no-contact curbside pickup. While there is some limited courtyard seating, the seating is first-come first-serve and can be hard to nab.

FOMO Chicken

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A seasoned contender in Portland’s KFC ring, FOMO is a food cart located within Pod 28 on SE 28th and Ankeny. FOMO typically serves its chicken in boxes that contain sides like coleslaw and rice, but can also be purchased in larger quantities as half or whole chickens. Patrons can choose for their chicken to be tossed up in the spicy sauce, sweet garlic, or half and half. FOMO is a great option for groups, since it’s located in a diverse pod and also offers a southern-style fried chicken option.

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Kkoki Korean BBQ

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While Kkoki is mainly a Korean barbecue spot, the fried chicken here is no joke. Kkoki only serves the yangnyeom chicken, which is a small speck on the menu under the special dishes. The chicken should be accompanied by other dishes or sides on the menu, but comes as a heaping mountain and can easily feed two diners. Kkoki has two locations, one in SE Portland and the other in Beaverton. Both are doing indoor dine-in, takeout and delivery.

Bonchon Happy Valley - SE 82nd Ave

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Now that the lines have died down, Bonchon has dialed things in and is pumping out chicken with efficiency. Known throughout the country for the consistently crispy wings, Bonchon serves its chicken in three flavors: soy garlic, spicy, or plain. The chicken comes with a side of coleslaw or pickled radish and are well complemented by other menu items such as kimchi or fries. Located in the Clackamas Town Center mall, Bonchon is doing delivery, takeout, and dine-in with a small amount of indoor and outdoor seating.

One Korean Restaurant

One Korean is a remarkable Korean spot boasting a huge menu of items that are both staples and hard-to-find Korean specialties. Within this menu, patrons will find sweet & spicy, soy garlic and original flavored fried chicken. The portions here are fairly large, easily shared family-style alongside other hits, like the short rib soup and the spicy baby octopus. One Korean is located in Beaverton off Murray Blvd. and is currently sticking to takeout and delivery.

ChiMcking

Another KFC chain from Korea, ChiMcking serves extra crunchy boneless or bone-in wings in three flavors: soy garlic, hot king and extra hot king. At ChiMcking, the wings are the star of the show, complemented by the rest of the menu. The recommended pairing is the rice king, which comes with rice, pickles, nori, and fish all in a personal cup. While ChiMcking is still working on some menu items, it’s currently open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

Honey Spicy Bowl

Tucked away next to Joy Cinema in Tigard, Honey Spicy offers a variety of to-go Korean bowls and snacks. While the menu is brimming with options, the fried chicken is definitely the jewel in the crown: The chicken comes in honey spicy or honey soy sauce flavor, served in bowl with purple rice, salad, mashed potatoes, and macaroni or in popcorn chicken form with tots. Honey Spicy is currently only offering takeout and delivery and doesn’t have indoor or outdoor seating.

Chimaek Town

Located in the former Wild Wasabe space, Chimaek Town offers KFC in four flavors: honey butter, yangnyeom (sweet and spicy), soy garlic, and snow cheese, served as either wings or tenders with a side of pickled daikon. Eaters who like a good pairing should order one of the larger Korean hot pots: Korean army stew, beef bulgogi, or spicy rice cakes. Chimaek Town is open for takeout, outdoor dining, and delivery.

Ko Sisters Seoul Food

Located inside the new Cartside food cart pod, Ko Sisters offers a mix of Korean comfort and street food. While there are many items folks should try, the fried chicken here is ridiculously crispy and the generous portions could probably feed a family. The chicken comes with a side of rice and can be ordered mild, spicy, or half and half. Ko Sisters can be ordered as delivery or takeout and has outdoor seating provided by the pod.

KPUB Grill and Beer Tap Room

K-Pub, the Korean restaurant that grounds the popular Park the Carts pod, slings a diverse menu of Korean dishes and a solid rendition of KFC. The chicken comes bright red and saucy, with options of heat level and a choice of boneless or bone-in. The move here is to order the boneless together with rice cakes. K-Pub is currently open for take-out, outdoor seating, and delivery.

Han Oak Restaurant

One of the more well-known restaurants for its take on KFC, Han Oak continues to dish out its famed wings dusted with the salty-sweet “essence of instant ramen” seasoning. Han Oak’s KFC can be ordered in 3-piece or 6-piece options during dinner hours on the weekend and come with bread-and-butter daikon pickles. Ordering at Han Oak must be done online through this site, and has the option for no-contact curbside pickup. While there is some limited courtyard seating, the seating is first-come first-serve and can be hard to nab.

FOMO Chicken

A seasoned contender in Portland’s KFC ring, FOMO is a food cart located within Pod 28 on SE 28th and Ankeny. FOMO typically serves its chicken in boxes that contain sides like coleslaw and rice, but can also be purchased in larger quantities as half or whole chickens. Patrons can choose for their chicken to be tossed up in the spicy sauce, sweet garlic, or half and half. FOMO is a great option for groups, since it’s located in a diverse pod and also offers a southern-style fried chicken option.

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FOMO Spicy Korean Fried Chicken Rice Bowl

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Kkoki Korean BBQ

While Kkoki is mainly a Korean barbecue spot, the fried chicken here is no joke. Kkoki only serves the yangnyeom chicken, which is a small speck on the menu under the special dishes. The chicken should be accompanied by other dishes or sides on the menu, but comes as a heaping mountain and can easily feed two diners. Kkoki has two locations, one in SE Portland and the other in Beaverton. Both are doing indoor dine-in, takeout and delivery.

Bonchon Happy Valley - SE 82nd Ave

Now that the lines have died down, Bonchon has dialed things in and is pumping out chicken with efficiency. Known throughout the country for the consistently crispy wings, Bonchon serves its chicken in three flavors: soy garlic, spicy, or plain. The chicken comes with a side of coleslaw or pickled radish and are well complemented by other menu items such as kimchi or fries. Located in the Clackamas Town Center mall, Bonchon is doing delivery, takeout, and dine-in with a small amount of indoor and outdoor seating.

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