350 Parsons Road NW, Edmonton
There are a limited amount of places in Edmonton to get some really good Korean Fried Chicken, and from what I’ve heard, Coco Deep Fried Chicken is one of them. For those who don’t know what Korean Fried Chicken is, it’s basically fried chicken, but it differs in that it’s fried twice. That’s right, they take something that’s already delicious (Fried Chicken), and then fry it again. It results in a crispier chicken that is absolutely heavenly.
Coco Deep Fried Chicken located south of Edmonton, right off Parson’s road at around 34th avenue. They specialize mostly in fried chicken, from pieces, to strips, including chicken and waffles. To be honest, I haven’t had that much experience with KFC, having only tried it at It’ Dog a few months previous. I still need to go check out Wing Chicx eventually, but for right now I can at least compare those two places.
Coco’s is not much to look at on the outside. It’s located in a little strip ‘mall’. Also, from the looks of it, they mostly cater to take-out on the inside. There are a few tables inside where you can sit and eat, but it’s pretty limited. When I came in, there was nobody there and they had some Korean Music videos playing on the TV. On this occasion, I only tried the half and half chicken and split it with my cousin, Thomas. They do have a few other side options such as fries, onion rings, sweet potatoes and random salads but I opted to have what they specialize in, because we weren’t super hungry. The prices here are pretty average when it comes to fried chicken. I find that fried chicken in general is pretty expensive (have you seen the prices at Kentucky Fried Chicken lately?). Korean Fried Chicken is probably the best value in terms of fried chicken, in my opinion, and they come with good sauces as well!
I ordered the 10-pieces half and half chicken to get the best of both worlds. When I see 10 pieces, or like 2 pieces for their lunch items, I think that it’s going to be pretty small portions. In my mind, I just think like wings or something, like 2 pieces of chicken won’t satisfy me. You actually get huge pieces of chicken and 10 pieces was more than enough for two people (we had to pack it up and bring it home!). The plain crispy deep fried chicken was pretty good. It came out very hot and a bit hard to handle so we had to let it cool down a bit. There were some pretty meaty pieces of chicken, with really crispy exterior. The first few bites are always the best, where you get a lot of the crispy skin. It was really light and not too salty. On the thicker pieces of chicken, the inside got a little bit bland. Otherwise, it was pretty good.
The sweet and hot chicken was really good as well. Nice and crispy and the sauce was nice, but it could have used a little bit more heat. As you eat it though, the heat comes through a little bit more but I could have used a little bit more spice. I actually found that halfway through the first piece, I couldn’t get over how rich and sweet the sauce was. It was a little bit too much for me and I couldn’t imagine eating 2 or even 3 pieces of this alone. I would recommend asking to get the sauce on the side as a dipping option so you get just the right amount that you like! Also, that way when you’re eating the thicker pieces, it’ll fix the blandness problem.
Overall, I would have to say that the chicken here is pretty good. Again, I haven’t had that much experience with Korean fried chicken. I think I actually liked the chicken at It’ Dog a little bit more. The skin and outside of the chicken at It’ Dog was a little bit lighter and crispy, and their sauce isn’t as rich and overpowering. If I was in the south of Edmonton, I’d probably go here again if I was hankering for some good KFC but I live downtown and I think the closer alternative is a little bit more appealing for me!