Korean Fried Chicken at Soo Cafe in Raleigh

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:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/soo-caf%C3%A9-raleigh-3

For a better description of Korean fried chicken and how it differs from typical American fried chicken, I refer you to this Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_fried_chicken

Hope to see you there!

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  • Bruce

    awesome Korean Fried Chicken! Thanks for organizing Justin!

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • Luz

    I enjoyed very much...thanks! had a great time. I guess that my destiny is to be a singer...lol..

    1 · April 3, 2014

    • Luz

      lol...yes... was super...:)

      1 · April 3, 2014

    • Ellen G.

      So when are you two going on the road?

      1 · April 3, 2014

  • Ellen G.

    Messy, Hot and Delicious.

    1 · April 2, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      Well, you just described yourself... how was the food woman???!!!

      1 · April 3, 2014

    • Ellen G.

      I thought I was discussing sex!

      April 3, 2014

  • Journonya (Slimmer & Loving I.

    I met some nice people and had fun.

    April 3, 2014

  • Luz

    I love "Africa"...

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • Laura W.

    Delicious chicken.

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • Justin

    Great event last night! Thank you to everyone who came! Btw, I encourage anyone who took pictures to please upload them here to share with the group. Hope to you see you all again at the next one!

    April 3, 2014

  • Justin

    So the big question for tomorrow night is who in our group will be brave enough to take a turn on the karaoke system? (hint: it won't be me unless you all enjoy audible torture)

    1 · April 1, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      i do indeed like all types of torture, justin... guess i need to add audible to it now also. bring it on!!!!

      2 · April 1, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      thank you for torturing my ears last night justin... you were great! (and brave!!)

      1 · April 3, 2014

  • Tammy

    In the area. Think I'm lost. At light near Rite Aid.

    April 2, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      I am so sorry you got lost. Did you ever find us?? It was a big big group!

      April 3, 2014

  • jillery!!!

    BIG group of people, fun, jokes, and singin' with 'da Jason, Kent, and Luz!! Chicken was excellent. Service very good. (Hey gang, review this place on YELP to help them out)

    April 3, 2014

  • Joycesonia

    I've been in Raleigh for 9 months. This is the best restaurant I've been to here and the first meetup for this group! Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Journonya (Slimmer & Loving I.

    Running late. Won't be there until 7:30 pm. Someone can have my 4 pieces. I'll try to order on the way.

    April 2, 2014

  • Justin

    Ok everyone, I talked to the restaurant to confirm our reservation, and I pre-ordered 12 orders of 10 wing platters for a total of 120 wings (actually a mix of drumsticks and wings). This includes 3 orders of each of their 3 sauces as well as plain (no sauce). If 30 of us attend, that will allow for 4 wings each. These will hopefully be ready right around the time we arrive at 7pm.

    If you think you'll eat more than 4 pieces (I know I will!), then feel free to order more after you arrive, or you can order something different off their menu as well.

    See you all soon! (boy am I getting HUNGRY!)

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Kathy

    Dinner looks so yummy but the real estate market has exploded this week and I have to work into the evening. Have fun and look forward to another event soon.

    April 2, 2014

    • Justin

      Hope that bodes well for the value of my house! See you at the next one, Kathy :)

      April 2, 2014

  • Cat L.

    Wow 38 people! I hope the restaurant is ready for that many of us...the chicken always takes at least 20 minutes since it is cooked to order.

    April 1, 2014

    • Justin

      I've reserved for us their private room, which seats up to 40, and I will call in an advance order for the chicken earlier in the day tomorrow.

      April 1, 2014

    • Cat L.

      :-)

      April 2, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Unfortunately, I made other plans while I was on the Waitlist. :(

    April 2, 2014

    • Justin

      No problem, Elizabeth, but for future reference just know that I've hosted many meals with this group, and they always start out with a large waitlist but there's never once been anyone left on the waitlist come event time (this group gets a LOT of last day drop-outs). So if you ever waitlist again for one of my events, know that you will almost certainly get in, so just be patient :)

      April 2, 2014

  • Ellen G.

    I know that I'll need at least twenty minutes to schmooze a bit before eating.

    1 · April 1, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      i look forward to seeing you again Ellen!!!

      1 · April 1, 2014

    • Justin

      Will your husband be joining us too, Ellen?

      April 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Justin, got a sick kid at home.

    April 2, 2014

    • Justin

      Sorry to hear that, Vipul. See you at the next one.

      April 2, 2014

  • Robin

    Can someone bring me some leftovers? LOL Enjoy...sorry to miss it.

    1 · April 1, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      ahhhhh, so i WILL... on Thursday... for our date!!! yippie!!!

      April 1, 2014

  • Rasa

    Sorry to cancel so late, I am working until 6.30 and probably would be there much later than 7. Will probably come by later with my son who loves fried chicken.

    April 1, 2014

  • Teri

    I'm not much of a chicken fan, so will let someone else waiting enjoy the chicken with the group.

    April 1, 2014

    • Justin

      They have beef and pork bulgogi on the menu as well, Teri, if you still want to come. I doubt there will still be a waiting list come event time, so don't worry about that. I'll just be sure not to count you in the chicken pre-order count.

      1 · April 1, 2014

  • Luz

    Hello: ready to join your group and try something diferent

    April 1, 2014

  • Steve R.

    Margaret, the reference to MASH is antiquated because I am as well.

    1 · March 14, 2014

    • Margaret M

      K-dramas are all the rage now, Steve :-)

      March 26, 2014

  • Kisura

    Omg! I was drooling over these pics so much that I am going today. It's hard to get on the list in time.

    1 · March 18, 2014

    • Kisura

      Oh yes I went and it was De-Freaking-licious! Even though it is coated in scrumptious sauce the chicken remains nice and crispy

      1 · March 22, 2014

    • Ellen G.

      Now you've got me drooling!

      March 23, 2014

  • Ellen G.

    Poor me. I'm the lone wait lister. I hope my status soon changes. PLEASE!!!!!!!

    1 · March 20, 2014

    • Justin

      Haha! Considering that the event is still almost two weeks away, I'm fairly confident you'll make it in ;)

      1 · March 20, 2014

  • Jack

    Booked something else while on the waiting list. I'll have to plan a solo trip here, it looks like my kind of place. Enjoy your chicken!

    March 20, 2014

  • Steve R.

    At least we will not forced to eat KimChee And for prep make sure to watch MASH

    March 14, 2014

    • Margaret M

      And when you call the waiter, you yell out (politely) Yogi!

      March 14, 2014

    • Teri

      "Yogi-yo" is what we used to say. I've always felt so weird saying that it as it seems so impersonal :-)

      March 20, 2014

  • Roy & K.

    Great! thank you.

    March 20, 2014

  • Dervin S.

    I'm just curious, is there any chance of increasing the attending list?

    1 · March 20, 2014

    • Justin

      Glad you asked! I just called the restaurant to make the reservation. We will be taking their private room (with the karaoke system), which seats a maximum of 40 people, so I just upped the attendance cap to 40.

      1 · March 20, 2014

    • Dervin S.

      Cool thanks!

      March 20, 2014

  • Justin

    Since the fried chicken at this place is made to order from scratch, it can take some time to make, and so with a big party such as ours, we will need to order some platters of chicken in advance so that it will be ready by the time we are there and ready to eat. Once it's closer to the meetup date and I have a better idea of the number of attendees, then I'll put in an advance order for the chicken. Other than that though, you will still have the ability to order additional items off their menu once you are there. Also, I confirmed that they have bottled beer for sale as well. Lastly, they told me that they can do separate checks for our party.

    This is really shaping up to be an awesome event, and I'm happy to see so many people rsvping! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

    2 · March 20, 2014

  • Teri

    My apartment building in Seoul had a Kyochon chicken joint on the ground floor. Needless to say, fried chicken and beer was (almost) a weekly ritual for us after work. Oh...the memories! ;-)

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • Charli G

    Work

    March 16, 2014

  • Roy & K.

    chicken lover, i am in.

    March 14, 2014

  • Kent

    I remember MASH also. This just in: Me-TV shows old classic shows, inc. MASH, the original Star Trek, etc.

    March 14, 2014

  • Margaret M

    Remember, this is a small family business and it takes a long time to get your food. You may want to call ahead with some orders....

    March 14, 2014

  • Kelly

    I've been to Soo Cafe when it was on Hillsborough St, the chicken is fantastic!

    1 · March 14, 2014

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