I didn’t know that my people had their own style of fried chicken, but I guess it’s all the rage back in the Motherland. From what I understand, Korean-style fried chicken is double-battered, just the way I like it. I wouldn’t call myself a fried chicken aficionado, but I certainly enjoy it, and would gladly throw out any diet or healthy eating plan out the window just to get my hands on the really, really good stuff. It’s another one of those indulgences that are worth every single mouthwatering calorie. Sometimes you just gotta throw all caution to the wind and go for it, which is what we decided to do one Saturday afternoon.
Yum Yum Chicken & BBQ Korean Cuisine is located in a strip mall up in Airdrie, a city about 40km north of where I live, so it’s a bit of a distance to travel to get food. I heard about this place from my colleague who used to frequent this joint back when she lived in Airdrie. She raved about it and I trust her taste in food (we have very similar tastes, actually), so I knew I had to try it. All I had to do to convince Mark was tell him that I really needed fried chicken in my life. I’m thinking he must’ve needed it too because I wasn’t met with much resistance. WIN.
We got there right when it opened, at 11:45am. The interior is sparsely decorated with pictures of their fried chicken offerings. While it’s not much to look at, the space felt nice and open, and also very clean. You go there for the chicken, not for the decor. It’s a no-frills type of place where you order at the counter. We weren’t really sure what to try, so we got a half order of the Shallot Chicken and a half order of the Yum Yum Chicken. We were informed it’d take about 15 minutes, so we took our seats and waited. All their fried chicken is made to order, hence the wait (which is good, because fried chicken that’s been pre-fried and sitting under a heat lamp is blegh.. just.. NO). A Korean comedy/variety show was playing on the TV, but I had no idea what was going on because my Korean really sucks (although I did recognise a couple of popular celebrities).
The wait didn’t seem too long at all. Before long, we were presented with the basket of Shallot Chicken. Covered in a mountain of fresh, thinly sliced shallots, we were instantly overcome with the delectable aroma of fresh fried chicken. I think they drizzle a light sauce over this chicken, but I couldn’t quite figure out what it would be. I could hardly wait for the chicken to cool down before digging in.
It’s perfectly crispy, juicy, and incredibly flavourful. The fresh shallots on top are cool and refreshing with the hot chicken, so it was a nice touch. The double-battering made for a super crunchy exterior, which was surprisingly not greasy at all. This was Mark’s favourite of the two. He ate most of the shallot mountain and liked the combination with the chicken.
Not long after, our basket of Yum Yum Chicken appeared. Covered in a sweet and mildly spicy sauce, this one won me over. I’m usually not a huge fan of fried chicken covered in sauce (because done wrong, it makes the chicken soggy, thus negating the whole point of crispy fried chicken). This fried chicken held up so well in the sauce – it stayed crispy the whole time! The sauce itself had some citrus notes and maybe some cinnamon, but it wasn’t overly spicy; it had a nice amount of subtle heat.
So about halfway through eating our delicious chicken, I came to realise that we’d ordered a whole chicken between the two of us. And you know what? We ate every single piece… yes, all 12 of them, in one sitting. GLUTTONS, I tell ya! I knew I would pay for it later on, but it was so worth it.
While we drove back to Calgary, I told Mark that this would be my new motivation for working out harder. More workouts means more chicken? YES, SIGN ME UP NOW. Hey, whatever works for motivation, right? Mine is always the promise of delicious food.
I’m so glad this place exists to fulfill the fried chicken-shaped hole in my heart. While I’m sad that it’s all the way in Airdrie, in a way it’s good so that I’m not eating this too often. Because I’d probably be there at least once a week. Ok who are we kidding… it would be everyday…
Yum Yum Chicken & BBQ Korean Cuisine
3 Stonegate Dr NW
Airdrie, AB T4B0N2
Phone: (403) 980-8303