We continue our exploration of the Korean Fried Chicken phenomenon with the newly opened BonChon Chicken on Sixth Street and Catalina in Koreatown. BonChon is of the same genre as the recently reviewed KyoChon Chicken, offering fried chicken in regular and spicy sauces.
BonChon's two flavor choices are soy garlic and hot. The soy garlic is mildly garlicky but with nice flavor. The hot is quite spicy without the sweetness of KyoChon's. You can order the fried chicken without sauce, but it is fairly bland. As with KyoChon, the chicken is served with pickled radishes.
So what to make of the KyoChon/BonChon rivalry? Overall, I preferred KyoChon's excellent garlic chicken to BonChon's, but I liked BonChon's hot chicken better.
The real difference between the two, though, is revealed on their websites. Whereas KyoChon is a "synonym flashed upon with taste," BonChon characterizes its product as "tasteful and nutritiously enriched." So, if you prefer a synonymous flash, head to KyoChon, but if nutritional enrichment is your thing, you should be eating at BonChon.
3407 W. 6th Street (at Catalina)
Los Angeles, CA 90020