Tuesday, January 20, 2009
99 Chicken, Santa Clara, California
This place sounded interesting at first. Located along a strip of largely Korean outlets (2781 El Camino Real, 408-244-5599), these guys specialized in chicken and beer, Korean-style. I wasn't quite sure what that meant, but I definitely was curious, so it was great that a friend of mine suggested that we meet here tonight. It looked downscale enough from the outside, with its tacky appearance and giant neon signs touting "beer" and "chicken." So was this basically a Korean version of buffalo wings? Sounded like my kind of place.
Unfortunately, it wasn't. While the chicken was indeed lip-scorchingly spicy, the red sauce was also very, very sweet - so sweet that I really couldn't eat it, and pretty much stopped after a few legs (by the way, those were full-sized drumsticks - not the little buffalo wing-sized ones that I thought they were going to be). I could have done without the stale popcorn and tiny salad bar provided gratis on the side too. But the light Korean beer did go very well with the chicken, perhaps making the beverages my favorite part of the meal.
Now that I look at it, I have had something like this before - at a Korean chicken chain that had expanded to Singapore, where I similarly had concerns about how sweet the sauce was. If only they made a non-sweet version - perhaps salty like kimchi - in which case I'd probably be all over this stuff. In the meantime, I think I'll be sticking to proper buffalo wings.
Digested at 7:21 PM
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