Where to find Korean Fried Chicken in Metro Detroit
Korean fried chicken is a growing trend in the Detroit area, with several fast food chains opening that have both local and national roots.
What makes chicken so special is that it’s double fried and usually coated in a lighter breading than other versions of fried chicken.
Here’s your guide to enjoying crispy fried chicken and other Korean delicacies around town:
Kimchi box: A fast and casual local chain that sells Korean dishes including Korean fried wings, popcorn chicken and boneless thighs. Open daily for lunch and dinner. kimchiboxusa.com.
• 13937 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights. (586) 991-6907.
• 47249 Five Mile, Plymouth. (734) 667-4482.
• 41370 Grand River, Novi. (734) 277-5270.
• 2713 University Drive, Auburn Hills. (734) 706-6387.
Hello Seoul: A mix of Korean and Mexican cuisines, Hola Seoul offers Korean fried chicken, Korean barbecue tacos, kimchi fries, red bean buns and more. holaseoul.com.
• 39743 Grand River, Novi. (248) 482-8059.
• 715 N. University, Ann Arbor. (734) 369-6418.
K-BBQ: Opened three years ago, this Canton spot specializes in a variety of wings, including crispy, soy garlic, hot, Korean zing, and supreme. K-BBQ also serves popcorn chicken, fillets, Korean dishes, rice and noodle dishes. 5758 N. Canton Center Road, Guangzhou. (734) 737-0200. korbeq.com.
bonchon: The first Michigan location of this Korean-born chain opened in the last days of 2021. Dine in or take out boneless wings, traditional wings, chicken strips, chicken katsu, and chicken sandwiches. Bonchon is also a family meal: 18 pieces of chicken, rice and choice of two sides for $39.99. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 27915 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. (947) 366-0002. bonchon.com.
Soura: Here, yang-nyum chicken is fried and drizzled with sweet and spicy sauce and sesame seeds. Soora has an extensive menu with plenty of Korean BBQ offerings, traditional dishes, hot pot, and a bar offering soju and Korean beers. Closed on Mondays but otherwise open for lunch and dinner every day. 6580 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield. (248) 973-8110. sooramichigan.com
Sushi shot: This laid-back Madison Heights spot specializes in poke bowls, but they also serve Korean fried chicken wings with homemade pickles, spiced honey, and sweet soy dressing. Open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. 29141 Dequindre, Madison Heights. (248) 951-2029. sushicoup.com.
Chicken Noori: Still in the soft opening phase, Noori’s new location serves Korean fried chicken wings, french fries, onion rings, rice, and fried dumplings. Closed on Mondays. 1 S. Main, Clawson. (248) 850-7512. noorichicken.com.
The lucky duck: Chef Grant Vella opened his Asian small plates restaurant in late 2021. It serves a variety of dishes for sharing and features a full bar, making this new spot a popular destination for diners in Oakland County. Vella’s Korean fried chicken dish comes with a choice of more traditional soy garlic or Faygo-based yangnyeom sauce. Open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. Reservations recommended. 38 S. Main, Clawson. (248) 565-8393. theluckyduckclawson.com.
Dae Jang Keum: This restaurant in Troy is best known for Korean barbecue, but also serves Korean fried chicken, shrimp fried rice, miso soup, spring rolls, Korean seafood pancakes, and japchae, a noodle dish. popped glass. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 2947 E. Big Beaver, Troy. (248) 509-7150. daejangkeumtroy.com.
Honey Chicken: This place marinates its chicken for at least 10 hours before lightly beating and frying it in pure vegetable oil. Honey Chicken also sells five kinds of crispy corn dogs made with mozzarella cheese and Polish sausage. Closed on Sunday, otherwise open every day for lunch and dinner. 2028 W. Auburn Road, Rochester Hills. (248) 710-8440. honey-wings.com.
Miss Kim: Experience a different chef-led take on the dish at this popular Korean restaurant from Chef Ji Hye Kim, who was on Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2021 list. Kim serves her lightly breaded dark meat pieces with your choice of sweet chili glaze, sweet soy glaze, or Korean chili spice blend, plus a side of sesame rice. Miss Kim’s menu also features a variety of tteokbokki (rice cake), bibimbap, pork kimchi and more. You can make a reservation or order takeout on the website. Closed on Tuesdays. 415 N. Fifth, Ann Arbor. (734) 275-0099. misskimannarbor.com.