If you like fried chicken, then you will LOVE the Korean-style fried chicken at Soo Cafe in Raleigh!
I ate here for the first time a few days ago, and let me tell you my foodie friends, it was love at first bite! Now, I enjoy Korean food in general, but admittedly this was my first time trying Korean fried chicken. I ordered the 10 piece chicken wings (actually a mix of wings and drumsticks) in soga sauce with a side of rice. Initially I figured I'd have some leftovers, but by the end of the meal there was nothing left but a large pile of bones! The exceptional crispiness of the skin was beyond anything I've had in fried chicken before, yet the meat remained moist and tender. Each piece was coated in a sweet and spicy mixture of soy sauce, garlic, honey and chilies. Definitely finger-lickin' good!
Pictured above is the plate of fried chicken that I devoured.
This family owned restaurant recently relocated from downtown to their new location at the intersection of Capital Blvd and Brentwood Rd. For our meetup, I have booked their private room that seats up to 40 people and features a karaoke system for our use, so we can have a little musical entertainment with our meal if anyone's actually brave enough to use it. In addition to the chicken wings, they also offer tenders, popcorn chicken, and even whole chicken. Each can be had either plain fried, or coated in one of 3 sauces they offer. They also feature a few other typical Korean dishes on their menu, like bulgogi. I couldn't find a restaurant website, if they have one, so here's a link to their Yelp page:
For a better description of Korean fried chicken and how it differs from typical American fried chicken, I refer you to this Wikipedia entry:
Hope to see you there!