Mar 2009

Chicken Day – Los Angeles (Koreatown)

Whenever I have an appointment or an errand to run outside of Pasadena, I always pencil in a feast near my destination to make the long drive and treacherous traffic worthwhile. Killing two birds with one stone is always a treat, especially if the bird in question is fried to perfection.

Prior to a meeting on Wilshire Boulevard near the Miracle Mile, The Astronomer and I cruised into K-town for some Korean fried chicken. My first taste of the awesomeness that is K.F.C. was at KyoChon Chicken, a Korean import located up the street. After my first snapalicious bite, my mouth was on fire and I was completely hooked.

Chicken Day is a local chain with a so-so reputation—some cats are crazy about the joint, while others aren’t as impressed. Going to KyoChon would’ve been a guaranteed slam dunk, but exploring new territory is half the fun. Just like the proprietors of Ducks Restaurant in San Gabriel, the owners of Chicken Day have drawn decorating inspiration from their namesake. From the walls to the glass cups atop each table, cocks abound.

The Astronomer and I shared a 14-piece spread ($14.90) featuring Chicken Day’s three flavor offerings—“special spicy sauce,” “teriyaki sauce,” and “fried chicken.”

Chilled daikon cubes and extra “spicy sauce” were served on the side.

The plain variety resembled traditional Southern fried chicken. The slightly under-seasoned batter yielded a golden and crispy exterior, while the innards were moist and dare I say, juicy. The drumsticks were good and all, but we came to Chicken Day for K.F.C., not Popeye’s.

The “special spicy sauce” nuggets were only partially true to their name; they were indeed special, but spicy they were not. The unidentifiable chicken parts were deep-fried and coated in a sticky sweet glaze comprised of 27 different ingredients, including cloves, cinnamon, and five-spice. The mounds of glossy meat were garnished with a sprinkling of crushed peanuts. The overall taste and composition of this dish was reminiscent of General Tso’s chicken, but with a more complex and intriguing flavor profile.

A more fitting name for the “teriyaki sauce” chicken would have been “soy sauce” chicken. This one was The Astronomer’s favorite. I thought the “teriyaki” marinade was decent, but in comparison to KyoChon’s pungent garlicky number it was thoroughly boring. Also, the chicken’s skin didn’t quite achieve the classic double-fried snap, which is a shame.


KyoChon > Bonchon > Chicken Day > Hite Kwang-Jang.

Chicken Day
301 S Western Ave., Ste. 107
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Phone: 213-387-9933

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6 thoughts on “Chicken Day – Los Angeles (Koreatown)

  1. What time did you guys go? Because a guy I know at school has lost 25 pounds in the last six months with a double-barrel strategy: a) running and b) no more fried chicken after midnight. So if it was late…

  2. See, that looks wonderful. There’s only one Korean chicken place here in Austin, and you’ve convinced me to go – though I have a feeling the LA version will be tastier!

  3. Good to know! I was always curious about this place because someone compared Chicken Day to Mickey D of Korean Fried Chicken.

    Micky of D of KFC?? That was too funny. Glad you can confirm that for us.

    ps. General Tsao Chicken taste? bleh!!!

  4. it’s all about the chicken, if you can find a place that serves naturally raised chicken, you will see what I’m talking about.

  5. can’t win ’em all! 😉

    currently, we are all about VNS Chicken inside the Ktown Galleria Market. are far as “Korean Chicken” is concerned.

    triple the spiciness, less expensive, comes w/ available grocery store beer and way healthier (as it is rotisseried):

  6. mmmmm hello there kfc! boy howdy does that all look good… we are still waiting with bated breath up here in NoCal for an official appearance. Were the daikon cubes plain?

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