Last night I had the pleasure of sampling some fine take-away from BonChon Chicken (not affiliated with Bon-Ton department stores), a small but growing Korea-based chain which specialises in fresh fried chicken.
I ordered the medium combo meal with soy garlic glaze, which included enough wings to feed 2-3 people, a can of soda, celery, and blue cheese for $12 (tax included). BonCon recommends phoning in your take-away order 20 minutes ahead of time, as all chicken is cooked to order. Even if you don't call ahead of time, the great taste is worth the wait: the soy garlic glaze is delicious, and the breading is light and crispy. The menu also includes a spicy "hot" flavour in addition to soy garlic, which I will definitely try next time, along with the fries.
According to their web site, a lot of science goes into creating the special BonChon taste and texture: "Our specially engineered sauce remains in tact [sic] with the chicken so that the flavor lasts on the chicken." It also mentions that BonChon is "favored by health conscious consumers" since it is cooked in vegetable oil and somehow involves collagen. Even the sauce is designed to stick to the chicken and not your fingers! How considerate! I'd highly recommend spending some time exploring the BonChon web site, which has some fun graphics and better explains the secrets behind the chicken. If you go directly to this page, you can see if there is a franchise located near you (just be careful...when you click any state, the capital is listed, but that doesn't necessarily mean that there is a BonChon located there...actual locations include an address). I'm looking forward to eating my leftovers for lunch today!