Yangnyeom Tongdak - Korean Fried Chicken


I knew I had to make Yangnyeom Tongdak after I saw the recipe in Maangchi's website. I was a bit skeptical in the beginning when I saw that she used potato flour and sweet glutinous flour to coat the chicken, because I thought it would make the chicken somehow chewy instead of crunchy. But seeing how Maangchi's fried chicken turned out in her video and as so far all the recipes I have tried from her site are never disappointing, I felt very encouraged to try it - And it was absolutely the right decision. The fried chicken together with the red sauce was totally delicious! One of the best fried chickens I know. I was positively surprised by how crunchy the chicken was. I even called my mum and asked her to try it too, and she loves it...!

I didn't use chicken drumsticks nor chicken wings, because my husband doesn't like eating chicken with bones, that's why I used chicken thigh fillet cut into small cubes. I changed the recipe for the sauce quite here and there because I lacked some ingredients, such as tomato ketchup and rice syrup, but the sauce still tasted absolutely delicious...!!


Korean Fried Chicken
  • 1 kilogram chicken thigh fillet, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup potato starch powder (I used tapioca flour)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup glutinous flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • Oil for frying the chicken
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
The Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Korean hot pepper paste
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or more if you don't find it sweet enough)
  • 1 tablespoon apple vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Tonkatsu sauce
  • 50 ml boiling water

Fried Chicken
  • Season the chicken chunks with salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands.
  • Add all dry ingredients: tapioca flour, glutinous flour, all-purpose flour and baking soda, plus the egg.
  • Mix everything well. When you notice that it's too dry, add some drops of water, just to make sure that the chicken chunks are well coated.
  • Fry the chicken over high heat for 10 minutes.
The Sauce
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add the minced garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds under medium heat.
  • Add hot pepper sauce, honey, Tonkatsu sauce, apple vinegar and boiling water. Cook for 1 minute.
How to serve
  • Toss in the freshly fried chicken chunks to the sauce. Coat well.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with toasted sesame seeds.
  • Serve with rice and vegetables.
I just bought a bento box some time ago and I was dying to use it, that's why I arranged the Yangnyeom Tongdak in my new bento box together with some vegetables, orange slices and two onigiri :). My first bento...! I will certainly make more bentos in the future, and probably even some cute ones too. So stay tuned :D.

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  1. Hi, I have just checked out your blog as well and I have to say that it is indeed terrific xD
    I really like the Asian cuisine and your recipes look so mouth-watering and yummy ^^

    keep on the good work ;)

  2. That looks delicious! Your bento box looks pretty too:) Like the way you arrange the Yangnyeom Tongdak in it...great photos!

  3. Hhhhhmmm....!! (Mouth-watering) I love Maangchi's website too!I love watching her videos, I find her real sweet and funny too. Never cooked anything from her recipes yet, though if I were to, THIS would be the one! I saw it on her site and was drooling then and now at your's! :))
    Where can I find glutinous flour here in Germany? Do you have a pic of the packaging?
    Momma Sweets

  4. Those fried chicken bites look fantastic!

  5. @ Momma - You can normally always find glutinous flour in 'Asiamarkt', simply your local Asian grocery store or you can buy it online. Please check this link, if you want to see the picture: http://www.amazon.de/FARMER-Klebreismehl-400g/dp/B003U2Q0OK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1298653547&sr=8-3

  6. Fried chicken looks delicious. Nice recipe.

  7. Thanks CG! I'll be hunting that glutinous flour on my next trip to town! Terima kasih!

  8. yummmm i remember eating these lovlies on little street shops in korea.

  9. That looks very delicious. I'm always a great fan of Korean food. Have bookmarked this to try. Thanks very much for sharing.

  10. Sounds delicious, looks tastefull....


  11. I grew up on southern fried chicken and yours looks fabulous. I really like the sprinkling of the sesame seeds on top. It brings a modern touch to a classic.

    Nothing beats good fried chicken in my book.

  12. I love chicken with bones esp chicken wings cos of the skin as well! Sounds pretty unhealthy, huh?

  13. you saved my day sin :). Hari ini aku da keabisan ide mo masak apa, ehhh bw ke blog mu langsung liat resep ini, pas kebetulan masih punya sisa ayam....jadi deh ni ari daku masak ini ..... huehehehehe :). Thank you yak sayyyy :)

  14. Wow... looks so delicious, really felt like picking one piece of that chicken out of my laptop screen! And love that big bento box! :)

  15. Que pollo tan rico, me encanta la receta, me la voy a quedar.


  16. That dish looks wonderful! Very appetizing.



  17. yummy! i love korean fried chicken! :) how exciting to have a bento box, will there be more adorable recipes coming up? ;)

  18. Just by looking the pic, can tell it must be really yummy! :)

  19. Fried chicken looks so tempting. I too would apply your method very soon.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. CG.......I am really salivating...seriously...
    I saw maangchi's tutorial video of this korean fried chicken b4, but I can say looking at yours sent me to heaven!!

  21. My friend and I are obsessed with [South] Korean culture (Recent "Big Bang" come back!?!? Anyone excited?!) But we haven't really delved into Korean food yet. This looks like the perfect dish.

  22. Ow ow ow, I'm so drooling :D~~~~
    I save this recipe ^^, thanks for sharing. And I like really your "bento" and cool bento box :D

  23. Oh my, this looks so flavourful! Hmm... how to resist! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
    Best regards, Kristy

  24. Your presentation looks great, beautiful looking blog. Korean dish sounds new to me, me and my husband very much tempted by looking at your dish. Looks very delish.

  25. HI CG, wow your cooking looks soooo delicious!!! yumm yyummmm :)

  26. ya ampun...lihat fotonya aja udah bisa kubayangkan rasanya!!! very well presented, CG!!!!
    jadi kangen korea dan segala makanannya......

  27. hi CG, what a great blog you have and beautiful photos. The chicken looks absolutely delicious and a very nice presentation!

  28. Mmm...those chicken looks very delicious, making me hungry now ;D

  29. Very interesting combination of flour! I saw this recipe too, looks so delicious!

  30. Danke für Deinen Besuch! Yangnyeom Tongdak liebe ich auch, muss ich wieder mal machen!