Gyeongi-Do @ Bangsar
When Oh Ha-shik opened his make-shift cart selling fried chicken in Gyeongi (also pronounced Gyeonggi)‘s tongdak golmok, the current wave for Korean chicken hasn’t even taken off. Papa Oh, as he’s affectionately known to neighbors, got his inspiration for chicken popcorn from the traditional Korean fried chicken recipe. Hence the original air fried chicken popcorn was born in 1984. More than 20 years later, that cart has grown into a shop, run by Papa Oh’s daughter, Sun-hye – still a simple, unpretentious business serving healthy, air-fried chicken popcorn. “The fried chicken was chunky and meant for family gatherings. I wanted something that can be eaten like a snack and at the same time, must be healthy”, Papa Oh said. Hence the original air fried chicken popcorn was born in 1984. When Papa Oh wanted to create the perfect air fried chicken recipe, the commercial air fryer wasn’t even invented. He modified an airtight container and placed it in the oven, and the result was far from perfect. The reason? 80% less calories; all the flavours, none of the guilt! Today, one pack of Gyeongi-do Chicken Popcorn is sold every second.