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Monday, September 03, 2012

Korean fried chicken at Beschico, Epping

korean fried chicken at beschico epping

So you think you know fried chicken? Stop. You don’t know diddly squat until you’ve eaten fried chicken, Korean-style. It’s a revelatory moment when you first sink your teeth into this stuff: fried chicken that makes an ear-splintering shatter with every bite and stays crunchy until you reach the last lonely piece on the platter. The secret? Korean fried chicken uses double frying, a process that renders the fat out of the skin until it’s a brittle parchment, while keeping the flesh moist and juicy. Forget the cutlery. This is food for fingers only.

korean fried chicken at beschico epping
Fried chicken drumettes $16 for 9 pieces

Get your deep-fried fix at Beschico in Epping, the sole Australian outpost of this popular Korean restaurant chain. It sits opposite the train station, the large dining room split up into an odd combination of hidden booths, wooden dining chairs and formal sitting chairs. Customers are mostly families with kids or small groups of young men nursing beers, and there’s a steady stream of takeaway customers picking up telephoned orders of fried chicken.

garlic soy korean fried chicken at beschico epping
Garlic soy fried chicken drumettes $18 for 9 pieces

The fried chicken can be ordered as a whole bird ($30) chopped into pieces, but we prefer the ease of drumettes, the mini drumstick part of the chicken wing. Original flavour is the crispiest but you can also get them smothered in garlic soy sauce or a hot sauce that is more sweet than spicy.

spicy korean fried chicken at beschico epping
Spicy fried chicken drumettes $16 for 9 pieces

Nine pieces costs $16-$18; 18 pieces will set you back $29-$32. Dipping sauces of sweet mustard and sweet chilli provide extra punch, and a bowl of pickled daikon white radish cubes helps cut through the grease.

korean beer at beschico epping
Orion Japanese beer

There’s only one thing that makes fried chicken taste even better, and that’s beer. There are two beers on tap – Orion and Max – served in varying pours from 300ml up to a 1.8L jug.

bossam kimchi at beschico epping
Bossam kimchi $35

The fried chicken is the main highlight here, but if you need some palate relief, dive into the bossam kimchi ($35), a DIY affair. Use the cooked Chinese cabbage leaves to wrap up bundles of cold pork belly slices with spicy kimchi – it’s messy but delicious. Add extra raw garlic and green chilli if you dare. And if your date promises to let you into the car back home.

korean fried chicken at beschico epping

beschico epping

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41 Beecroft Road, Epping, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9869 8188

Opening hours:
Monday and Wednesday 5pm-10pm
Thursday to Sunday 12pm-3pm and 5pm-10pm
Closed Tuesdays

This article appeared in the August 2012 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 9/03/2012 12:30:00 am


  • At 9/03/2012 9:45 am, Blogger Tina @ bitemeshowme said…

    I think I only associate you, Helen, with fried chicken. Hahaha.

  • At 9/03/2012 10:20 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    eat ALL the fried chicken!

  • At 9/03/2012 11:01 am, Anonymous Christine said…

    oh man I love Beschico! After reading chocolatesuze's mouthwatering post before I've been back at least twice in about a month's space of time. Soo addictive.

    I especially love the boneless fried chicken as well... and those sauces!! mmmm

    Just looking at these photos.. I don't think I'll be able to resist picking some takeaway soon haha

  • At 9/03/2012 11:15 am, Anonymous ChopinandMysaucepan said…

    Dear Helen,

    I know I can trust you on this one since you have a PhD in locating the best fried chicken in town. Beer is best and there wasn't any need in reviewing any other dish at this place because that's all I'm going to eat when I get there.

  • At 9/03/2012 11:16 am, Blogger Mel said…

    Wow, that looks mouthwateringly amazing! I tried Korean Fried Chook in NYC - but this looks so much better!

  • At 9/03/2012 1:32 pm, Anonymous MsBrulee said…

    I thought I knew fried chicken, you've shown me that I clearly haven't since I've yet to try Korean fried chicken. Thank you for showing me the way. =P

  • At 9/03/2012 3:36 pm, Anonymous gastronomous anonymous said…

    will definitely have to try this place when i am back in Sydney... i love Korean Fried Chicken and they look fantastic!

  • At 9/03/2012 8:08 pm, Blogger Sarah said…

    Looks great! I tried Korean Fried Chicken for the first time a few weeks ago, at Gami's in Melbourne. It was good, but I think I'd like that pork belly/kimchi dish even more! :)

    xox Sarah

  • At 9/04/2012 4:34 am, Blogger MYB120 said…

    I always thought that Orion was a Japanese beer from Okinawa!

  • At 9/04/2012 11:02 am, Anonymous SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa) said…

    FRIED CHICKEN! Oh, I have SUCH happy memories of eating fried chicken in a smoke filled bar in Seoul. I've got to get out to Epping to try to recreate that happiness!

  • At 9/04/2012 8:43 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    You had me at double fried = brilliant. Now I have serious fried chicken craving.

  • At 9/04/2012 10:35 pm, Blogger Potato Princess said…

    Just one word...YUM!!! :)

  • At 9/08/2012 11:07 pm, Anonymous Michelle said…

    I am curious how they render the fat out of the chicken? Me and my husband need to try this.

  • At 10/19/2012 5:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is.

  • At 5/10/2014 1:19 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just so you know, Orion is NOT a Korean beer. It's Japanese.



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