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Dish of the Month: Bae Bae’s Kitchen’s Korean Fried Chicken

Dish of the Month: Bae Bae’s Kitchen’s Korean Fried Chicken

Bae Bae’s Kitchen, located on Liberty Avenue downtown, is one of my go-to spots for a quick, tasty meal for lunch or dinner. I often go for take out, but their space is well-designed and perfect for dining in.

Their menu is filled with so many delicious Korean-inspired dishes. A few items of note are the hand made pork or chicken dumplings, the mixed vegetable tempura, and the yum yum cauliflower or chicken. They also have a full bar menu, but my favorite drink to order when I visit is their Thai iced tea with boba.

My favorite thing about Bae Bae’s Kitchen is their choose your protein plate options. You can choose from a variety of proteins, such as bulgogi bbq beef, crispy shrimp tempura, and crispy tofu, just to name a few. My favorite protein to order is the Korean fried chicken. This might be the crispiest chicken I’ve ever had, which is thanks to the panko bread crumbs. It’s brined overnight before it’s fried, which makes it incredibly tender and juicy. The best thing is Bae Bae’s gives you two pieces of chicken, which definitely fills me up. I love to save a piece for leftovers (if there are any!).

In addition to the Korean fried chicken, their plates come with fluffy steamed rice, fresh mixed greens, and your choice of a sauce and side. I love that Bae Bae’s has a vast variety of sauces and sides to choose, it really allows you to customize your meal. Their side dishes change daily, based on availability, but they a few they typically have are napa cabbage kimchi, daikon radish kimchi, and seaweed salad. I usually opt for one of the kimchi options. Despite being fermented to deepen the taste, the kimchi stay extremely crisp. Both types of kimchi are tangy and spicy, which complements the heaviness of the fried chicken.

The sauce options are seemingly endless. These change frequently, like the sides, but a few favorites are the spicy mayo, savory soy garlic, and spicy sesame. I love pairing the chicken with a different sauce to change up the flavor profile of my meal.

Bae Bae’s Kitchen is a great spot to try if you’re new to Korean cuisine and want to dip your toe in to this world of flavor.

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