May 12, 2021


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Bonchon opens up in Metreon, serving Korean fried hen

It delivers this author an immense amount of enjoyment to announce that the Korean fried rooster staple Bonchon has occur to San Francisco.

A new location opened up in the Metreon advanced in downtown San Francisco Monday, soon after spots to start with sprouted up in Berkeley, San Leandro, Sunnyvale and South San Francisco.

The top-quality KFC — Korean fried hen, sorry Colonel — was arguably popularized stateside by Bonchon, which opened its first American branch in 2006 and has since extended nationwide.

Though Bonchon serves other common Korean fare, like a sound japchae, bibimbap and tteokbokki, its major draw, rightfully, is its maddeningly-delectable hen.

They come in three distinctive iterations: wings, drums and strips, and can be topped with a sweet (but not gratuitously so) soy-garlic or a spicy-but-not-much too-spicy gochugaru-based sauce. (If, for what ever rationale, you want to have the most effective of the two worlds, you can pick to have a blend.) They also appear with a pickled radish banchan that serves as a palate cleanser among bites.

It’s tough to verbalize the appeal of Bonchon. Ingesting a piece of Bonchon rooster is getting aspect in a tiny act of alchemy. The skin, even with remaining slathered in sauce (evidently created only in Seoul), is glass-shatter crisp, breaking apart in huge, satisfying shards on the 1st chunk. And the hen alone is continue to moist and tender, despite the exterior emotion as if it is been deep-fried to oblivion to get that crunch.

And there are plenty of pretty good Korean fried chicken places, but it truly is about Bonchon’s sauce — adhere-to-your ribs addictive, but in no way cloying — which is the spotlight.  

If you care to have a taste, Bonchon is open for takeout, delivery and indoor dining in the Metreon.

Bonchon, positioned at 135 4th St St. in San Francisco, is open up commencing Monday, April 26. Their hours of procedure are Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m