Sunday, December 19, 2021

[Food] Maneul Chicken (Deep Fried Chicken with Garlic Sauce, 마늘치킨)


[Food] Maneul Chicken (Deep Fried Chicken with Garlic Sauce, 마늘치킨)

Chicken has formed part of the human diet since ancient times, and it has been deep fried since the medieval age in many regions around the world. Today's deep fried chicken cuisine originates from the United States and flowed into South Korea in the 1980s. The first deep fried chicken restaurant in Korea opened in Seoul. Since then, deep fried chicken restaurants have sprung up like mushrooms.

Koreans have now created their own style of deep fried chicken with one of them called Maneul (Deep fried chicken with garlic sauce, 마늘치킨). Koreans love garlic (which itself forms part of Korea's creation myth), putting garlic into most Korean cuisine. As such, it's clear that Koreans invented maneul chicken in 1980s Seoul.

One of the oldest deep fried chicken eateries in South Korea, located in Banpo-dong, Seoul.

Deep fried garlic, vegetable and chicken

Garlic sauce tastes sweet, savory (umami) and piquant, and when deep fried chicken is smothered in garlic sauce, it removes its oily taste and the smell of deep fried chicken, giving it a fabulous taste with crispy chicken :)

Even if you are not a fan of garlic, you might just change your mind after tasting this garlic sauce. The balanced and harmonized sweet and piquant taste of garlic goes so well with deep fried chicken. Deep fried garlic makes for unique gourmet, too :)

If you have a Korean eatery nearby, how about savoring some deep fried chicken tonight? It will never fail you :)

Bon Appétit!

1 comment:

  1. An absolutely beautiful recipe. I hope to enjoy this in your motherland one day after the pandemic:)