The Koreans adopted fried chicken from American troops in the 1950s and quickly made it their own, developing a thinly battered, twice-fried version that has become a staple in the country. It turns out that Americans have a taste for it too, as evidenced by the rapid growth of the fried chicken chain Bonchon.
Born in South Korea in 2002, Bonchon – “my hometown” in Korean – now includes dozens of U.S. franchises, including an Albuquerque location that opened earlier this year just off Unser near Interstate 40. The free-standing building sits at the edge of a spartan development with only a crisscrossing network of power lines to mar its view of the Sandias.
The restaurant’s Korean specialties and Asian fusion dishes are presented in a thick menu bound in wooden covers. Perusing the menu, with entire pages devoted to single items, is like looking through a photo spread in a magazine.