Oriental BBQ Chicken Town

Korean
Price: $$
Dress code: Casual
Reservation: No needed
Location: 6101 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Hours: Sun – Thurs: 1130AM – 1130PM, Fri & Sat: 1130AM – 1AM
Website: http://www.obtown.com/

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Japchae was offered as one of the banchan (free side dishes given at Korean restaurants). The portion was quite a lot for a side dish, seems like a whole dish to me. Not complaining, though. Lol. The noodles were al dente and seasoned very well along with the julienned carrots and assorted vegetables.

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Another banchan was chicken patties with cabbages on the bottom. The patty was tender and juicy with many flavours.

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More banchans! The roasted potatoes were coated with honey and some sort of chili so it was a little sweet and spicy. The texture was soft and crispy on the outside.

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The cucumber as a banchan was refreshing and cooling. It was crunchy and soft at the same time.

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The salad was crisp and cool with the right amount of aioli sauce dressing.

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The daikon was extremely crunchy and rejuvenating. It’s a great cooling method after eating something spicy (like the Spicy Pork).

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Ramen Tteokbokki was extremely chewy and glutinous. The sauce was sweet with the perfect amount of chili that coats around the Tteokbokki like a blanket. Not too thick nor too thin.

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The Daeji Bulgogi was marinated with their housemade sauce that gave the perfect amount of spice and flavour. The texture of the pork was tender and soft. Very easy to chew through. There was a little bit of char which added some crisp to them; however, some small pieces over charred. Overall, it was a fulfilling dish.

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For the chicken, there’s the Yam Nyum Chicken and Gan Jang Chicken. Both of the chickens were crispy on the outside and super juicy inside. Yam Nyum Chicken was sweet and spicy with a very similar taste to Gochujang, a spicy and savory fermented sauce. There seem to be a little bit of honey added to the sauce for the sweetness. Even when sauce wrapped every part of the chicken, it did not affect the crispiness of the skin at all. Every bite had the absolute amount of chicken and sauce. On the other hand, Gan Jang Chicken’s flavour does not come from a sauce. It was seasoned and cooked with garlic and soy sauce. The chicken was extremely tasty with the correct amount of seasoning. Got the right saltiness from the soy and acidity of the garlic. Definitely one of the better Korean Fried Chickens I’ve had.

Would I visit again? Yes

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