Oppa Dak, my favorite Korean Fried Chicken, that’s actually baked not fried!
These days Korean Fried Chicken (the other KFC) has been gaining a lot of attention. Who knew Koreans were so good at making a food that is commonly thought of as an American southern food? In the KFC realm, there are many popular chain restaurants to choose from, among them, Oppa Dak is my hands down favorite. Oppa Dak is short for Oven eh Bbajeen Chicken (오븐에 빠진 닭) which translates to chicken that fell in the oven. The shortened term, Oppa Dak, is comical and witty as “Oppa” (older brother) replaces “Oven”.
Oppa Dak, Why I Love it so Much
1) The chicken is insanely moist 2) The chicken is technically not fried, instead it is baked in a high temperature oven (hoping this makes the chicken healthier) 3) The complimentary white daikon radish pickles are just right 4) There are many delicious sauces to choose from such as sweet chili, teriyaki, peanut, and my personal favorite garlic. If you are indecisive you can get half one sauce, half the other 5) You can choose between dark and white meat combos 6) The extensive menu has many styles- baked, roasted, marinated, special, etc 7) The vibe is very fun and young, it’s a great place to go for a casual date or large group hangout.
You can find Oppa Dak almost anywhere in Seoul. Look here for locations on Foursquare. I saw one close to every major subway stop the last time I visited. (Someone please bring this franchise to NY soon!) Usually I do a ramen crawl of Seoul everytime I visit, next time I intend to do a fried chicken crawl as well.
A page of the Oppa Dak menu, it’s actually multiple pages
Amazingly moist and flavorful, half garlic & half rotisserie, white meat chicken at Oppa Dak in Korea