Wing Wing in Chinatown London is a must-try if you're looking for some seriously crispy Korean fried chicken and K-pop in a casual dining setting.
Korean fried chicken in London has long gained popularity amongst city-goers. However, while many eateries offer Korean fried chicken, not many focus on Chimaek, the classic Korean food pairing of fried chicken and beer.
In Korea, this pairing is called Chimaek and is short for chicken and maekju (beer). It's a widely popular Korean soul food that's quick and satisfying to eat. The perfect marriage between protein, fat and salt, and cold beer is what makes Chimaek so appealing.
Wing Wing brings alive this fast food concept in London. They specialise in Korean fried chicken wings as their primary offering. And needless to say, we were impressed by the menu during our recent visit to their Chinatown branch. Here's what we liked about it.
Wing Wing Korean Fried Chicken
First, let's start with the chicken on Wing Wing's Menu. The fried batter is light, crispy and flaky, while the chicken inside is still tender and juicy.
You can choose between three addictive coatings of their hand-glazed fried chicken, including soy garlic, hot and liquorice.
Our personal favourite was the soy garlic wings which were addictively savoury. If you're looking for something mildly spicy, go for their hot, which pairs well with a cold beer or soda.
The liquorice coating may sound weird initially, but it makes a sweet and tangy yet moreish combination with the fried chicken. If you can't decide, you can go for a mix!
Besides the fried chicken wings, you can also try their juicy drumsticks and mess-free boneless strips. Both are also good choices, but we prefer the chicken wings.
Mains and Sides
Wing Chinatown also has a great selection of mains and sides to complete your Korean fried chicken and make it a full meal.
Some Wing Wing menu highlights include skinny fries dusted with seaweed and Katsu Bao.
The Katsu Bao came with a deep-fried bao bun that was crispy golden outside and fluffy, airy inside. Wing Wing sandwiched between this is a thick fillet of crispy chicken katsu with fried onions and kimchi coleslaw.
The kimchi coleslaw had a flavourful balance between sour and spicy. It helped cut through the salt, making each bite refreshing and better.
Drinks at Wing Wing Chinatown
Lastly, no Chimaek concept is complete without beer. Wing Wing Chinatown boast a wide range of Korean beer, flavoured Soju and IPA to go with your protein.
For non-alcoholic options, we recommend trying Milkis or their soda float with ice cream!
If you're heading to Wing Wing Chinatown in a group, they also offer excellent value packages of Korean fried chicken, sides and drinks.
They've designed their party packages for 2, 4 and 8 people to share so you can try some of their best sellers at a lower price. These include their signature Korean fried chicken, calamari, prawns and fries (plain or with seaweed).
K-Pop Bingo Night
If crispy Korean fried chicken is not enticing enough, it's not for the chicken, then stop on Bingo night for the endless K-pop songs and yummy prizes to win.
Every month, Wing Wing Chinatown hosts a music bingo night which features classic K-pop songs, recent hits and some western songs. In addition, you can win prizes like free food and bar tabs!
The event was hosted well by the staff, who were welcoming and energetic. This really set the tone of the event by getting the crowd involved, making it a fun experience.
We didn't win at Bingo night, but we would most definitely go again (after brushing up on our Kpop knowledge)!
Book a karaoke room at one of their branches if you prefer singing your heart out to some K-pop songs while enjoying delicious fried chicken wings.
We didn't get a chance to try their karaoke, but what can go wrong with tasty chicken, beer and some K-pop karaoke fun?
Private Games Night
If not all your friends are into karaoke, we think their private room makes an amazing place to also play classic Korean drinking games You can try making a soju bomb or somaekcol, while playing Titanic or even High/Low with your mates!
This makes Wing Wing a perfect location for birthday and after-work parties, especially for those who love great Korean food and K-pop! If you’re into it but your friends are not familiar with K-culture, then this is a great way to get them into the K-club (read as K-cult)!
Wing Wing Locations
Wing Wing Chinatown is the latest branch in the city and is closest to Leicester Square station. Although Wing Wing Hammersmith is temporarily closed, their other branch in Tavistock Square remains open.
Is Wing Wing halal?
Wing Wing has stated that all their chicken is halal. No alcohol is used during their cooking process. So, Muslim patrons and friends are definitely welcome to join in the KFC party at Wing Wing!
While not all branches have HMC Certification, Wing Wing Chinatown is halal certified. However, please note they do serve alcohol on the premises.
Wing Wing for the Win
Overall, Wing Wing won a spot in our hearts for the best Korean fried chicken in London.
It's an excellent spot to hang out with friends and enjoy the atmosphere of what it would be like to have Korean fast food in Seoul. A must-visit for K-pop fans in London.
Find Wing Wing steps away from Leicester Square station, seven days a week. To learn more about the menu and other locations, visit their website or social media.
47-49 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0AN