Those who know me know that I’m absolutely. obsessed. with fried chicken. And whether it’s Korean or American-style, I’m always on the lookout for good places!
My three-point system for determining good fried chicken:
- a) Is it crispy (even after it’s been sitting for a bit)?
- b) Does it have tender, juicy meat?
- c) Is it flavourful?
Dokebi Chicken at Tamarind Square, Cyberjaya ticks all the boxes. Newly opened last month, the resto which serves Korean-style fried chicken went viral on the Internet, thanks to a video of their Boneless Chicken with Cheese (their signature dish ie fried chicken wrapped in melty, gooey cheese). That aside, they have eight other sauces to choose from, and an Instagrammable cotton candy drink.
It’s always heartening when you go to a Korean restaurant and you see actual Koreans dining there.
The interior is cosy and hip, with K-pop playing on the TV overhead, a long communal table for large groups and swing seats.
Since I was dining alone, I couldn’t order the cheese option (it’s RM50+ and best for sharing between 2-3 people) – but I did get the Garlic Soy (RM19.80) which came in a set of 4 drummettes and wings, and topped it off with a bowl of steamed rice.
Food came pretty quickly, fried fresh to order.
What can I say? Its just really good fried chicken. The exterior was extremely crispy and crunchy, and stayed that way down to the last piece. The sauce was garlicky, savoury and slightly sweet – to borrow from another fried chicken chain’s tagline, “finger licking good”. One thing I abhor about some fried chicken chains is when you know the meat has been frozen for a long time (the meat has a weird bloody, iron-like aftertaste) but the meat here tasted fresh and juicy. Was honestly impressed by how tender it was on the inside, so you get this really nice contrast of crispy chicken skin + tender insides.
Verdict: One of the better K-fried chickens out there, and I’d love to try other items once I’ve rounded up a few friends (I have those?)
D3-03-08 Tamarind Square, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 11, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor
Opening hours: 11AM – 11PM (Daily)