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Korean fried chicken for commuters

photo-45My commute these days takes me a quarter turn around the Perimeter. Sometimes in the evening, if things are moving slow and I’ve gotten a couple of “what’s for dinner” calls from home, I’ll make a stop at the Super H Mart in Doraville and pick up something prepared or ready to slap on the grill. I was walking through the food court when I noticed the little “Korean Specialties” stall had a poster offering Korean fried chicken. You can buy a whole or a half chicken served either plain or drenched in a sweet hot chile sauce. Cubed radish pickles come on the side. A whole chicken consists of about a dozen fist-sized, bone-in nuggets.

I put in an order for an unsauced whole chicken ($12.99) and went to do some quick shopping (laundry detergent and the marinated vegetables you see on this plate) while it cooked. It was waiting in a cardboard cake box when I came back 5 minutes later. I drove along the surface road to Buford Highway, managing to avoid Spaghetti Junction entirely and was soon home with a box of chicken. I’m guessing this detour added at most 10 minutes to my commute.

Not the best I’ve ever had, but very satisfying — ear-ringingly crunchy any not nearly as salty as, um, non-Korean fried chicken. I ate three pieces before forcing myself to stop and concentrate on the vegetables. But the siren call of the cake box reached out to me later, and I had my fourth piece.

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Dana

September 9th, 2010
2:09 pm

$12.99 sounds kinda high for what, an 8 piece? But maybe thats just me.

Gordy

September 9th, 2010
2:57 pm

The food on Buford Hwy is gross. Cafe 101 that wins all the awards for Chinese? Gross. Absolutely gross. If you want fried chicken go to KFC or Publix. Or anywhere not on Buford Hwy. I’m so sick of people in Atl talking about the good food on Buford Hwy. Gross.

ronald miller

September 9th, 2010
2:59 pm

i think burger kings, possibly macdoanlads, or wendeez’s have the best chikun.

tom

September 9th, 2010
3:07 pm

Popeye’s does it right.

Atlanta Native

September 9th, 2010
3:09 pm

Gordy – you are clueless. Except as to Cafe 101, it is good but msg riddled. Your recommendation of KFC makes it clear your tastebudectomy was a complete success! Congrats and see you at Piccadilly and S&W.

I miss the Cafe (Haru?) on B’Hwy that served the whole chicken cut into 1-2 inch cubes and fried, it came with a side of salt/sesame mixture.

Joe

September 9th, 2010
3:10 pm

Tom, agreed.

Gross Grossman

September 9th, 2010
3:22 pm

Pretty good, Gordy, but I would have included more RANDOM CAPS . Still, you’ll get plenty of bites.

8/10 – you earned one bonus point for overuse of “Gross”.

indigo

September 9th, 2010
3:33 pm

Speaking of SuoerHMart, wonder if anyone else hads tried their whole Beef tenderloins, sold usually for $5.99 a lb or even less. Far less expensive than same at supermarkets, even when on sale at the supermarkets. Obviously not “choice” grade or probably not even “select” at those prices, but those grades, as I understand it, based on marbling, and this is a lean cut of meat anyway. My experience has been very good- you do have to know how to remove that course muscle attached to the fillet, but I believe that s true with supermarket cuts also. Any thoughts?

Atlanta Native

September 9th, 2010
3:42 pm

indigo – Buford Highway Farmer’s Market always has $5.99 and you can get tenderloin steaks for the same price. However, they also have prime and the difference is palpable. So, for things I flavor up, $5.99, for just salt and pepper. prime.

They have great lamb chops very cheap. Since they re-did the place and put in exhaust fans, it is a pleasant place to shop.

CG

September 9th, 2010
3:46 pm

Just had it the other day. Not bad. Got 2 meals out of it.

Kar

September 9th, 2010
3:52 pm

Huh, I was just there Monday. I’ll have to check it out next time.

Billy Blank

September 9th, 2010
4:01 pm

I noticed that nutty preacher in Gainesville Fl. used the word Korean but left out the “E”.

Skreet

September 9th, 2010
4:18 pm

I really wanted to eat in the food court at the Super H Mart but after I saw the health scores, I changed my mind. How can they be so low if they are all brand new???
http://atlanta.digitalhealthdepartment.com/

JesusFreak

September 9th, 2010
4:18 pm

@Billy Blank, lol. Very clever! We need more laughs these days with all that is going on. On topic, that does seem a bit for a whole chicken, bone-in pieces at that. I’m sure it was quite tasty, though, at least it is something different. Anything decent in the food court at Assi Plaza in Duluth? None of the offerings looked particularly impressive, outside of the fresh noodle place. Is the other place down the road on Pleasant Hill any good with regard to their freshly prepared foods? I’ve been waiting for the Mega Mart to open in the mall but I was told it wasn’t happening until Oct. 1, allegedly.

Sam Bruni

September 9th, 2010
5:27 pm

Yes, Buford Hwy food is “gross”… so, please stay away and leave it to us “mongoloids” to enjoy, er, I mean to gnaw on like beasts. Another culinary genius exposing himself online. Yippee.

As with the KFC at Super H, it was decent… there’s better KFC further up but I’m not giving out the names. One place does a whole rotisserie chicken, flash fried to order and then cut into chunks. Thin super crispy skin and super moist and juicy meat.

Amanda

September 9th, 2010
8:35 pm

Super H is close to my house but I’ve never been. John, I would love to hear what other grab and go things besides the chicken that you like. Also, I know you are pretty conscious of where your meat comes from so are you worried about the quality there?

Tina

September 9th, 2010
10:30 pm

I didn’t even know they had korean fried chicken at the Doraville Super H. I’m not a fan of their food court though-I prefer the one @ the Johns Creek Super H. Their Korean fried chicken place usually runs a weekend special-14 pieces for $9.99 (if I remember correctly). Love the garlic tasty fried chicken…yum! There’s also V1 BBQ (I usually pick up some crispy pork when they have it or soy sauce chicken). If you don’t mind make the drive up 141, Johns Creek Super H is better than the Doraville location (in my opinion).

Skeet

September 10th, 2010
10:13 am

Oooohhhh – Sammy B has a secret!…

John Kessler

September 10th, 2010
11:45 am

Sam – Since everyone wants me to be the den mother, here’s the point where I have to say you need to share your toys…
Skreet – I usually check the health ratings on the wall, and am pretty sure this place had a B…
Amanda – How funny you ask. I wrote a column precisely about that issue. I’ll post it here soon.
Tina – I so wish I could get to the John’s Creek Super H more readily. I guess my commuter preface to the post was a way of saying it’s “good for the neighborhood,” if you’re neighborhood is the commute from hell.

jw

September 10th, 2010
3:06 pm

Personally I don’t find Doraville Super H Mart “good for the neighborhood”. I’ll drive right by it (literally the same access road you took JK) time and again to go to Buford Hwy Farmer’s Market. I was so anticipating the Doraville Super H after having been to the Duluth store but this one just doesn’t excite. It is too small, poorly laid out, and confusing to find things. The only time I’ll go back is when they mail out another set of good coupons.

Louis Prima

September 11th, 2010
11:40 am

D’ville Super H is a good choice for fresh and inexpensive fish. Throw in some on-sale veggies and fruit and you’re in and out quick and under twenty dollars. Bu-Hi Farmer’s Mkt is so interesting it takes an hour+ every time just to soak it all in.

Doo Doo Delicacy

September 13th, 2010
10:14 am

Kroger has excellent Fried Chicken at their food bar.

Vic

September 15th, 2010
12:42 pm

@Gordy

Gordy do not hold back tell us what you really think about food on Buford Highway in Doraville.