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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Coco Chicken

Here's another reason why I love Yelp. A few months ago, my pal TSS told me the name of a fabulous fried chicken place in Fremont, but I didn't bother to write it down as I'm hardly ever in that neck of the woods. But a recent errand brought me to that very area right around dinner time, and a quick Yelp search for "fried chicken" lead me to her recommended place. It's called Coco Chicken. And it's delicious!

Located in a non-descript strip mall next to a supermarket, this Korean spot serves some of the tastiest fried chicken around, period. It's surprisingly light - not greasy or batter-laden; perfectly crispy skin on the outside, and hot, juicy, flavorful meat on the inside. MFM and I ordered a large (8 drums, 4 wings, $14.95) which was probably more than enough for two, especially with the all-you-can-eat salad bar that comes with every meal.

But I could have kept eating more. Especially with the delectable sauces that you choose to come with it (we ordered it on the side). The waitress will tell you that the most popular ones are sweet & hot and soy garlic, and I whole-heartedly agree, they are finger-lickin' delicious. We also tried the honey mustard which was reminiscent of the dipping sauce you get with McDonald's Chicken McNuggets (which is a good thing, in my book.)

It's hard to imagine ordering anything else, but the Korean dishes others were eating (like bulgogi, kalbi and spicy pork) also looked mighty good, and the staff couldn't have been any nicer. My brilliant friend TSS says she orders the fried chicken to go, then drives to a spot in SF's Chinatown that has great waffles, creating the best chicken & waffles you can imagine. Darn, I didn't write down the name of that place either. But I have to say I really like that kind of thinking. Yelp, here I come...



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