Korean BBQ has a direct connection with the BBQ chicken of the United States. During the Korean War, citizens in Korea caught onto the dish from U.S. military members preparing the food. Over the 60 or so years since the conflict, fried chicken in Korea has taken on its own, unique tastes. And, in recent years, it has begun growing in popularity back here in the United States. That’s just the nature of food, as most culinary styles have a strong connection with other foods, often on the other side of the world (Italian food without tomatoes from the Americas and pasta from Asia would be pretty darn bland). If you haven’t noticed, several new upstart Korean restaurants have started popping up around metro Phoenix. This includes the latest Korean fried chicken restaurant, which is set to deliver a new take on a familiar food you likely already know and love.
99 Ranch Market is a rather unique store. While advertised as an Asian market, you can find foods from all over the world here. It isn’t just spices from Thailand and rice from Indonesia and Japan. You can find beers from around the world that you would normally never see in other grocery stores. You can find fish and meats and veggies that are also difficult to come by. If you haven’t popped into 99 Ranch Market in the past you owe it to yourself. And now, it is home to the latest Korean fried-chicken restaurant.
K-Monster Chicken is one of the smaller stores within the larger Asian market. If you haven’t popped in before there are a handful of smaller, independent stores and restaurants tucked in by the front of the grocery store. Sometimes it is hard to pass by the wafting aroma of fried meats, but that smell isn’t going anywhere, so when you’re done shopping you can still see what’s cooking (or just skip out on shopping altogether and satisfy your food cravings).
At K-Monster Chicken the two most common menu items include the Lunch Box and the Dinner Box. Priced at $9.99 and $12.99 you can select several chicken variations, as well as french fries and other goodies. It is then packaged in a fantastic little box, with dividers separating the different meats so there’s no contamination of flavor.
K-Monster Chicken made its soft opening a few weeks ago, but it is now ready for the big time and can handle all of your Korean fried chicken cravings. You can find it inside 99 Ranch Market at 1920 West Chandler Blvd.