Fried chicken is an obsession of mine: Korean fried chicken definitely fits the bill. Sam Sam is recently opened, in the heart of the CBD on Bourke street. I visited with an equally fried chicken obsessed friend for a feed! The venue is narrow but modern, making most of the space with close tables and stools. You’ll need to wait to be seated but there is table service. The space can be a bit chaotic and the staff can find themselves distracted or overrun. We ordered the kimchi fries and chicken, not given an indication of how it would be served, we were expecting it to come out as ready. We chose to share the Loaded Kimchi Fries, served with cheese sauce, sour cream, chilli, crispy pork belly and of course – kimchi! The flavours were delicious, a great combination, but we really wanted more of the fillings throughout. While we were expecting crispy pork belly in big chunks, it was actually smaller pieces, more like bacon bits, hidden inside. We ended up ordering another side serve of kimchi and mixing it through for that extra hit. The only thing that can make kimchi fries better? More kimchi! For the main event we tried the Garlic Soy Fried Chicken, adding a bowl of rice each. It was actually more like a honey, soy, garlic mix, a little sweet, a bit sticky, garlicky and delicious. The chicken was beautifully crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and cooked right through. The very best part of this dish was the sauce, it pooled at the bottom, making a sticky mess to dig through and mop up with a bit of rice and chicken.
If you’re looking for some great Korean fired chicken and a whole lot of kimchi you’ll find it at Sam Sam!