Namwon Tongdak 남원통닭 (Cheongnyangri, Seoul)

Sharing is caring, so here’s one of the better fried chicken shops that I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing in Korea, once again in Cheongnyangri Market. For an absurd 14,000 won, you get a large platter overflowing with perfectly fried chicken plus toppings of fried gizzard, sweet potatoes, shishito peppers, and rice cakes. Unlike other shops, the genius halmoni cuts the chicken into smaller, bite-sized pieces (think dakgangjeong without the sauce), not only reducing the time to fry but also making it the ideal finger food with a cold one. In addition, she “brines” the bird in a blend of different vegetables, helping the nuggets of chicken stay moist and tender throughout the deep double fry. Basic salt and pepper flavor profile, but the spicy dipping sauce kicks it up a notch for those who like some heat with their chicken. Very impressive stuff happening here at 40-year-old Namwon Tongdak – which means this hidden gem definitely ranks in my Top 5 of the best fried chicken shops in all of Korea.

Food: ★★★★ ½ out of 5 stars

Service: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars

Value: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars

Namwon Tongdak 남원통닭

Jegi-dong 635-1, Dongdaemun-gu 제기동 635-1 동대문구

Phone: 02-968-9841

Hours: Open every day 10:00 am ~ 10:00 pm

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