Authentic Korean fried chicken restaurant coming to Kamloops

Go-Ma, fried chicken with hot peppers and garlic.
Go-Ma, fried chicken with hot peppers and garlic.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Tangdok Fried

Three Korean women have teamed up to open an authentic fried chicken restaurant in Kamloops.

Yunhee Choi, Hwayoun Eum and Eunha Han used to work in sushi restaurants, but now they have teamed up to open Tongdak Fried, June 22.

"We have been living in Kamloops for more than ten years and there’s a lot of fried chicken restaurants," Sangduck Bae, Choi's husband said. "But Kamloops (hasn’t) had a Korean style chicken restaurant before, so that's why we opened in town.”

Chicken salad from Tangdok Fried.
Chicken salad from Tangdok Fried.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Tongdak Fried

The biggest challenge facing Tongdak Fried is raising awareness about their cuisine, as their food is likely foreign to many.

"People never ever heard Tongdak, Goma, Yangnyeom," he said. "Everything is fresh words, but I believe that people (will) get used it, like everyone knows what sushi is."

Some fried chicken on the menu from Tongdak Fried.
Some fried chicken on the menu from Tongdak Fried.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Tongdak Fried

He is confident that once they get customers in the door, they won't have to worry.

"Once you bite our chicken, you’re going to love (it)," he said.

Yang-Neom, fried chicken with sweet spicy sauce.
Yang-Neom, fried chicken with sweet spicy sauce.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Tongdak Fried

All dishes are freshly homemade by the three chefs, Bae said.

Fortunately, opening in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't been too much of a challenge so far.

Tongdak Fried is take-out only so owners are having an easier time following safety precautions than some other dine-in restaurants, he said.

Chibab, fried chicken and rice from Tongdak Fried.
Chibab, fried chicken and rice from Tongdak Fried.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Tongdak Fried

Their location is at 104-340 Victoria Street.

The full Tongdak Fried menu.
The full Tongdak Fried menu.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Tongdak Fried


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