110. South Korea: Korean Fried Chicken

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South Korea is a land of extremes! In some parts extremely traditional in others extremely outgoing and modern, but without a doubt in any case extremely beautiful! South Korea is also called the land of the Morning Calm, but the capital of Seoul tells a completely different story.

Seoul is a city that never sleeps, nowhere else in the world does the phrase ‘work hard, play hard’ apply more than in Seoul. You can hardly turn a corner without stumbling across a tourist information booth, a subway station or a taxi in this metropolis where beautiful reconstructed palaces rub shoulders with teeming night markets and the latest technology.

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Things you didn’t know about South Korea:

  • South Koreans are obsessed with feces, and everything from turd-shaped cookies, phone charms, and an entire museum devoted to poop can be found in the country. Toilets across the country also feature pleasant flushing sounds, background music, and coloured water.
  • South Korean men love makeup, spending close to US$900 million a year, or a quarter of the world’s men’s cosmetics. Up to 20% of the male Korean population is reported to use makeup regularly.
  • When a Korean’s name is written in red ink, this indicates that that person is about to die or is already dead.
  • South Korea is famous for its practice of “crime re-creation.” Citizens suspected of crimes such as rape or murder are led by the police in handcuffs to the scene of the crime and ordered to publicly reenact the crime. To make the reenactment even more humiliating, the media is also invited to take pictures and publish details about the crime.
  • The microchips for Apple’s iPhones are made by the South Korean company Samsung.
  • South Koreans are automatically classified at birth according to their blood type, which is a custom that originated in Japan but has become very important in South Korean culture and may even determine who gets to marry whom.
  • On the South Korean island of Jeju, women traditionally go out to work while their husbands stay home. These women are called haenyeo (“sea women”), and they dive for sea urchins, abalone, and octopus, continuing a tradition that goes back 1,500 years and is passed down from mother to daughter.

I have been looking forward to this one! I know this is not a very traditional dish, but it is really really popular in South Korea! I heard so much about Korean fried chicken! The only Fried Chicken we have here in the Netherlands is KFC, and to be really honest I am not really a fan, little bland for my taste. But this fried chicken blew my mind!!!! Crunchy, spicy and sweet all at once!!!

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Ingredients:

  • oil for frying about 800 ml
  • 10 chicken wings
  • 1 tsp of roasted black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp of roasted white sesame seeds
  • 2 spring onions thinly sliced

For sauce:

  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 4 cm of ginger (grated)
  • 4 tbsp of gochujang paste
  • 1 tbsp of Korean chili powder (gochugaru)
  • 4 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp roasted sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of brown caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp of mirin

For batter:

  • 40 gr of cornstarch
  • 40 gr of flour
  • 30 gr of sticky rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  1. Heat all the ingredients for sauce in a small pan for about 6-8 minutes or until it gets syrupy.
  2. Heat the frying oil till 150C or 300F.
  3. Mix all the ingredients for the batter in a bowl, cover the chicken with the batter and until they are entirely covered. Fry for 12 minutes. Take them out and put them on paper towels.
  4. Heat the oil till 185C or 365F and fry them again for 6 minutes, until they are brown and crispy.
  5. Reheat the sauce and pour over the chicken sprinkle over the sesame seeds and spring onion.

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