Last Thursday night while our friend was over for dinner, he waxed lyrical about some Korean fried chicken that he recently tried in Edmonton. Needless to say my husband and I were intrigued! Not only was it any fried chicken, but he claimed it was fried chicken prepared the exact same way in Korea!
So despite snowy weather the next night, we found ourselves heading out to try the newest Korean fried chicken in town - Coco Deep Fried Chicken. Coco is located in a strip mall on the south side of 34 Ave (3350 Parsons Rd) in Edmonton, between the chinese restaurant Tin Tin and the Korean butcher shop, Nice to Meat You.
Coco Deep Fried Chicken seems to be more focused on take-out rather than sit down. There are about 6 tables in the space that can seat 4-6 people each. It seemed that most customers were either calling in their order and picking up, ordering take-out (like us), or sitting down for a quick meal.
A sign near their cashier till displayed the "Coco Chicken Promise" to their customers. It was certainly nice to know their mission statement. Originally, we wanted to order the "Half and Half Chicken - 10 piece" ($22.99) made of 5 pieces of regular crispy chicken and 5 pieces of sweet and hot sauce. Unfortunately, as it was near closing, they had run out of the sweet and hot sauce. The owner told us that they have to make the sauce from scratch each day. In the end, we decided to get the Family Crispy Chicken 10 piece pack ($21.99).
While waiting for our order to finish frying, I took some pictures of the open kitchen. It was good to see that each piece of chicken was not only fried individually but also checked with a meat thermometer.
After about 15-20 minutes of waiting, our order was finished. Here is a picture of our meal all ready to bring home. In the end, the owner managed to find some of the sweet & hot sauce for us to try. The Family pack also came with a container of pickled daikon and a can of coke.
The deep fried chicken at Coco is certainly amazing! It is likely one of the best Korean fried chickens that I have tried in Edmonton so far. The above picture was one of the pieces of chicken from our family pack. It was mostly meat with only 1 bone! The owner told us that all the meat is marinated for a full day before it is fried.
The long marinade definitely was evident in the taste of their chicken! Not only was the skin super crispy and thick, the meat of the chicken was very flavourful and moist. Without even realizing it, my husband and I polished off 4 pieces each in record time! I would definitely go back to Coco Deep Fried Chicken the next time I have a hankering for some fried chicken!
Next time, I would love to try the sweet & hot sauce chicken such as the one pictured below - from another customer's order. The taste of the sauce that we got was great for dipping, but it would be nice to have a fully lathered hot and sweet sauce deep fried chicken.
Coco Deep Fried Chicken
3350 Parsons Rd.
telephone: (780) 990-4304