I know quite a few people who have a weakness for fried chicken – the crispy, juicy, deep-fried mouthful that momentarily sends you to heaven.
For my latest deep fried craving, I round up another four fried chicken partners in crime. No, we’re not hitting the nearest KFC outlet tonight. Instead, we head to Epping to check out Beschico, a restaurant serving Korean style fried chicken.
Located opposite the Epping train station on Beecroft road, we are greeted by a friendly and delightful waitress who is fluent in four different languages. Lee tells us there are three different types of fried chicken at Beschico – classic, hot and original.
The classic is crispy pieces of deep fried chicken, original has a soy and garlic sauce whilst hot comes with a spicy sweet sauce.
The restaurant appears to be a cross between a fast food outlet, karaoke club and internet cafe. A large menu is on display at the ordering counter while there are also intimate dining booths and a more formal seating area at the front of the restaurant. A huge overhead screen is blaring out Korean pop and talent-time programs for “added entertainment” while you dine.
The menu consists predominantly various types of fried chicken with the obligatory noodle item and fried rice. So if fried chicken does not tickle your fancy, then this place is not for you.
The friendly owner Grace, tells us there are karaoke rooms available upstairs for hire too. But for now, it is fried chicken that we came here for.
We order a plate of whole chicken consisting a half each of hot spicy and soy garlic sauce. Deep fried pieces of chicken are drizzle with a spicy sauce which has more sweetness than heat.
I prefer the garlic and soy version as I think fried chicken should be more savoury than sweet. These two versions are less crispy than the classic which we will have to leave for our next visit here.
The deep fried chicken also comes in drumettes (the small drumstick part of the chicken wing) for those who like to tuck in with their fingers.
There are a few Asian beers on tap – Max (Korean), Asahi & Sapporo (Japanese) that are available in varying sizes from 330ml to a 1600ml jug. Apart from a gassy Coke, I think beer is one of the best sinful partners of a greasy piece of deep fried chicken.
A bossam kimchi is a large platter of tender pork belly, radish kimchi to be wrapped with pieces of cooked wombok.
Smear some thick bean paste, raw slices of garlic and green chilli into the wrap and you have a mouthful of spicy and sweet Korean flavours.
So dear readers, do you get a craving for fried chicken and if so, where do you go for your fix?
41, Beecroft road, Epping
New South Wales
Tel: +61 2 9869 8188
Sunday to Thursday 11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to midnight.