Korean Fried Chicken: Your Favourite K Drama Snack

Credit: Gerald Lee

I love to eat something crispy and sweet every time I sit down to watch my favourite television series but chips, cakes and chocolates just don’t cut it when the hunger comes after watching a series or a movie that is famously known of its artistic shots of food, especially K Drama or Korean soaps.

The Simple Pleasures of K Drama

Have you noticed how the actors in K Dramas, during scenes where they are required to eat, are really enjoying doing so?

When you see the way they eat, the way they mix and match flavours, the slurping of the noodles, you can’t help getting hungry yourself.

I find myself in that position all the time. So, the next time I decide to watch my favourite K Drama, I make these sinfully good, sticky sweet crispy Korean fried chicken.

After that, no more getting hungry in the middle of an episode!


a) Fried Chicken

  • 20 chicken wings
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 125g Tapioca Starch/Flour (or Corn Starch)
  • White Sesame Seeds, for garnish
  • Corn or Vegetable oil for deep frying

b) Sweet & Spicy Glaze

  • 80ml soy sauce
  • 65g castor sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of Korean gochujang paste
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon of oil


a) Fried Chicken

  1. Combine chicken wings with the salt and pepper. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Dust each chicken wing in the tapioca  or corn flour, make sure to tap off any excess.
  3. We will be frying the chicken twice. Let’s start with the first round. Fill a wok or saucepan to about 1/3 capacity with the vegetable oil. Heat on high flame. The oil is hot enough when a wooden chopsticks  dipped into the oil forms small little bubbles. 
  4. Fry the chicken in batches if your frying pan or wok is small  for about 20 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towel.  Set aside for a few minutes.
  5. To start with the second round of frying, ensure the oil is hot again.
  6. Then add the chicken pieces back into the oil and cook for another 10 minutes or until super crispy and deeply golden. Drain on a wire baking rack.

b) Preparing the Glaze

  1. For the sweet and spicy glaze, place the ingredients in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 2 minutes.  Set aside.

c) Glazing

  1. Brush the wings with the sweet and spicy glaze. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve. 

Experience the Emotions

Now you don’t have to wonder how those deliciously tempting Korean food in your favourite series taste like.

Get your fingers sticky as you bite into the crispy sweet skin and get to the juicy, moist meat underneath. Ah, so good! If you have your very own recipe for Korean Fried Chicken, share with us! Send your favourite TV snacks to sembang @butterkicap.com.

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Justine Lim

With love for the freshest and natural ingredients, Justine Lim aspires to recreate heritage Malaysian recipes into modern, elegant-looking delicacies. Catch more of her delicious creations on her Instagram profile, @justinescakesnkueh

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