KFC’s Newest Korean Chicken Might Even Be Better than BonChon’s

October 12, 2019

I love KFC. Their chicken is infinitely different from Chickenjoy and Chicken Mcdo. Instead of crispy skin, you get the layers of fat and skin glued together by a slightly floury coating dredged in those infamous spices. Salty and peppery, it is the stuff of legend. This is why I’ve never really liked their attempt at crispy chicken; the original recipe sets the bar way too high. Every time they attempt to change things up, I hardly ever take the bait, probably because I have a soft, caloric spot in my heart for the oily, greasy bird. Their latest offerings are marketed as ‘food trips around the world’—there’s a Spicy Gangnam Chicken, and three rice bowls, the Spanish Salpicao, Japanese Teriyaki, and Italian aka King.


The rice bowls are fairly decent; the Italian ala King is the better of the lot because it uses original recipe chicken breasts, doused in a creamy sauce that isn’t too far from the gravy, and served with corn. It’s like mashing up what you already love and serving them together. The Salpicao comes with flavored rice whose weird spices I can’t put a finger on. It comes with an egg which is surprisingly done well, the yolk a little more wet than what we expect from fast food chains, but is overall a little too salty. The Japanese Teriyaki is standard, and unexciting, but like the Salpicao, has the option of using either Funshots or Hotshots.


The Spicy Gangnam Chicken however, is so damn good, that it might even be better than that overrated Korean chicken chain everyone seems to love. This is crispy, saucy, and actually spicy. It’s more of a Filipino adaptation of Korean chicken, but it is so delicious—their hot and crispy chicken which always suffered the fate of being the underachiever, works so well here, smothered in a gochujang sauce. Served with chicken rice, this meal is so awesome, that it might just be on the same level as their original recipe. Maybe.


Have you tried any of KFC’s latest offerings? Which is your favorite?  Are there other new fast food items you’ve been craving lately? Tell us what you think below!

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Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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13 responses to “KFC’s Newest Korean Chicken Might Even Be Better than BonChon’s”

  1. proofread advocate says:

    In the disclaimer, it should be “The author of this article” and not “This author of this article”.

  2. Ximena Navarette says:

    Well if you loved this, it just tasted the same as McCormick’s Spicy Korean Chicken mix, those packets of flour and sauce that you can buy in Supermarkets. 🙂 Or maybe McCormick is the same supplier for KFC’s korean sauce that is why it tasted the same.

    I still prefer bonchon, because I can’t hack their spicy glaze.

  3. Joey Melliza says:

    i second the motion… at P99 served with coleslaw – this hits the spot!

  4. Joey Melliza says:

    by the way the rice served to us was yellow… why was yours white??

    • Panda's Friend says:

      They serve it with white rice that has some small, chopped-up, green things in it. Hey, my friends and I tried to get this for a bucket meal (the one with Dewberry’s and box of crayons) and they allowed it, with no extra charge!

  5. mae says:

    I love their new garlic baby potatoes. A bit salty than I expected but just so great to have other fixins than mashed potato and coleslow :p.

  6. E says:

    My officemates and I just tried this because of your article. And the chicken really is good! Not better than Bon Chon exactly, but it can stand on its own.

  7. Mikee says:

    This is different from Bon Chon or Kyochon. Probably closer to Manang’s Chicken.

    • Free Gravy says:

      Thank you! I’ve been thinking what type of chicken recipe this tasted like and that’s exactly what I was thinking of!

  8. Nico says:

    The 100 peso Spicy Gangnam snackbox is sulit! The serving is pretty big and goes well with two servings of rice (which is sadly, not included in the meal).

  9. Not a fan of the teriyaki and spanish salpicao rice bowls, i think the sauce is too over powering and the dirty rice or yellow rice doesn’t go well with it. Chicken ala king is a favorite.

    I have yet to try the korean chicken which looks really good.

  10. frances says:

    my new favorite. i just cant get enough of it. balance of sweet, spicy, and that crispy exterior. better than bon chon. a must try.

    if you’re not a fan of coleslaw you can change it to something else.

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