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Wednesday 18 November 2015

KFC is all the rage in Sydney - and this place is hot

I was on my way to long-time favourite BBQ King in Sydney's Chinatown, having initially forgotten that it is currently closed pending relocation. 

When that finally dawned on me I was just a few blocks away in Koreatown, so "when in Rome", I decided to check out some KFC.

KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) is the dish du jour in Sydney right now - and it doesn't come any more authentic than at The Sparrow's Mill. So authentic that I think I was the only non-Korean in the place - and it was packed on a Monday night.

Now NaruOne is the favoured KFC joint with many aficionados, but you can't go past the Sparrows' Mill for flavour and value. 

OK, the setting is dull, and the place is noisy as hell (many of the diners appear to be students). The servers are run off their feet (surely they could work out they need a couple more staff), but the food is great.

There is a wide choice of Korean dishes; but most seem to opt for one or other styles of KFC (I think there are a dozen in all, some bone-in, others boneless).

I ordered the sweet and spicy chicken; crisp, crunchy and downright delicious. It comes with some some spicy pickled vegetables (yum) and I ordered a bowl of steamed rice and a Korean Cass beer. A feast for $25. Water comes free in jugs. 

But be warned...if you do not dine early the popular choices tend to sell out fast - snow cheese chicken, spring onion chicken, and the gangjung and sweet/spicy chicken are all apparently firm favourites.

There is no fuss here, just good, spicy food at reasonable prices with a K-Pop soundtrack. My mouth was still tingling an hour after I finished eating. Can't wait to go back. 

The Sparrow's Mill, Shop 3, 116-120 Liverpool St, Sydney. (02) 9264 7109. Closed Sundays.


1 comment:

  1. Sounds like my kinda place. I'm a Korean and Sichuan tragic.