Ssangkye Braised Chicken House
Ssangkye Braised Chicken House serves up Korean braised chicken, a dish that's very popular in Korea but is only slowly making its way here.
Their main offering is something called jjimdak, a dish that originates from the Andong area in South Korea. Pieces of braised chicken are slow-cooked in a wok, then mixed with a bunch of sides and served bubbling hot.
The space isn't big, but warm and welcoming. You can tell that there are many regulars here from the familial and friendly conversations they have with the staff.
Speaking of sides, just about everything is mixed into the dish. From flat glass noodles to Korean dumplings to vegetables, there's something for everyone. And the best part? All the chicken here is organic, and you have the choice of either bone-in or boneless.
Jjimdak here is served in a variety of different ways. The Black Sauce variety (starting at $25) is soy-sauce based and has a sweeter, subtler flavour. It's great for those who prefer a simpler flavour palette that allows the natural essence of the ingredients to shine.
The Red Sauce version (starting at $27) is gochujang-based. While there are some hints of sweetness, it's much richer and slightly spicier than its darker-coloured counterpart.
You can also take jjimdak to the next level by turning it into the White Cheese variety (starting at $30). The dish gets a healthy topping of mozzarella cheese, and this feature is available in both sauces.
Someone working there told me it goes better with the red sauce so we went with that. The cheese really does transform the dish into a richer, cheesier masterpiece, and I highly recommend it.
The Honey Garlic Pizza ($5.99) is a bit out of left field, though still enjoyable. Made with honey, garlic powder, mozzarella cheese, cornflakes, and dried cranberries on a naan bread; it’s certainly something I didn’t expect to find here but worth trying.
To drink, the Chamisul Green Grape ($16) is a nice soju-like beverage that provides a clear refreshing complement to the richly decadent meal.