I love KFC. It is probably the first fast food that I became obsessed with (McDonalds seriously SUCKED when I was living in China – I’m sure that they’ve probably improved now). However, I’ve now realised that there is another type of KFC: Korean Fried Chicken. I’ve sampled the dish a couple of times, and was having a serious hankering for it. To satisfy my craving, I decided to head out to MDG Ma Dang Goul, a small, causal Korean restaurant located on Denman, not far from Stanley Park. I got my KFC (Yangnyum Chicken) as well as a Haemul Paenon.
Haemul Paeon ($18.95):
This is a seafood pancake containing green onion, potato, squid, shrimp and mussel, and is served with a tangy and slightly spicy dipping sauce. The bottom crust was a bit soggy, but the top was nice and crispy from the fried potato. There was a pretty good amount of seafood present – I was not a particular fan of the mussels, but that’s just my personal taste. It was a bit bland on its own, but was pretty good when dipped into the sauce (or the yangnyum chicken, which I also ordered).
Yangnyum Chicken ($19.95):
This consisted of large pieces of battered chicken coated in a thick, sticky sauce. I guess that this is probably best described as a more gourmet version of sweet & sour/sesame chicken. There was quite a large amount of batter on the chicken, which would normally be a flaw, but in this case I actually didn’t mind as the batter was very crispy and just as tasty as the meat. The meat itself was tender and juicy. The sauce wasn’t spicy to me, but had more of a tangy/sweet and slightly fishy (though not in a bad way) flavour.
My visit to Ma Dong Goul has certainly helped satisfy my craving for KFC. The service was also decent: the staff were reasonably friendly, though not the most attentive. All in all, while this place did not blow me away (I prefer So Hyang), it is still a decent spot for some decent Korean food.