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Gangnam Tofu/El Cerrito
The Gangnam Fried Chicken was awful. He raved about it. We’re not fond of red gloppy sauces nor of ridiculously oversweetened kewpie mayo gunk on our fried chicken. Bleh. Pedestrian.
The chicken itself was fried very nicely, but the cutting-up was decidedly odd. We got a whole chicken, and I’ve never ever seen any chicken professionally cut up this way. It wasn’t objectionable - getting all the pieces sized equally helped avoid the breast meat drying out - but it was very unusual.
I’ve been cutting up (and boning) chickens and other poultry for decades, and often order fried chicken from different menus. I’ve never encountered anything like the way Gangnam’s cook did it. Quite interesting!
The best fried chicken we’ve had in the Bay Area is Backyard in Forestville. They use Green Star Farms chickens (or did, back in 2014 when we went with friends). Exceptional quality; richly flavored meat, as good as any heirloom capon or roaster. Greaseless batter, excellent frying. The one flaw is that you couldn’t pick your pieces, you got whatever the cook grabbed out of the batter bowl. If you’re picky about getting all light or all dark meat, you’re out of luck at Backyard.
I’m okay with Casa Orinda for fried chicken, although they use Mary’s brand. Not a real fan of Mary’s since Cornish hybrids are used for size and weight gain, not bred for flavor.