Wales Halal restaurant food tour with Korean Kokodoo in SwanseaSPONSORED CONTENT HALAL STATUS Fully Halal food menu • Alcohol served
FtLion kicked-off its exclusive Halal food tour of Wales with an exciting Halal-friendly Korean fast food place (sponsored by Harmony Farm in Torfaen who offer BBQs, camping, B&B, yurts, and more).
Located in the country’s second largest city of Swansea, and situated ideally in between two mosques on Uplands Crescent not far from the city centre, is Kokodoo, which specialises in Korean Fried Chicken (KFC).
The brand itself was founded by head chef Mary Yoon in 2016 who, as a qualified professional Le Cordon Bleu Chef, used her considerable experience in East Asian cuisine to create this award-winning menu.
While there’s sites in England’s Camberwell and Shoreditch in London, this particular branch is franchise-owner Graham’s first bricks and mortar site, having started the business as a popular food van in Swansea’s city centre where it still continues.
And being the only Korean restaurant to serve a fully Halal food menu in Uplands, let alone the entire city, they have been hugely popular since opening in July of last year, not just with students, but also the local Muslim community.
Operating as part of a shared building, their first-floor kitchen serves as both a convenient collection point and a restaurant, with a dining room on the same floor accommodating up to 30 guests.
Serving award-winning Halal Korean Fried Chicken in Swansea
What immediately stands out about Kokodoo’s carefully-conceived menu is the attention to detail expended in ensuring an authentic Korean fast food experience.
Just take their unique assortment of beverages as an example, with well-known Korean soft drinks available in an exciting range of flavours – plum, calamansi, watermelon, melon, and mango – including some milk-based ones too.
These perfectly complement their award-winning food menu, which kicks-off with an innovative selection of starters such as Breaded Prawns, which are surrounded by a light and über-crispy panko breadcrumb batter; in addition to crispy Pumpkin Croquettes, with a filling comprising of pumpkin and mashed vegetable.
Aside from a portion of succulent Chicken Dumplings, vegetarian options come in the form of Vegan Spring Rolls of soybean and vegetables, as well as high-fiber and gut-friendly fermented vegetable dish called Kimchi.
But it’s their extensive range of chicken that’ll raise the pulse, with five flavours to consider – Plain, Sweet & Spicy, Sticky Soy, Honey Glazed, and Fiery Chilli – which can be had in two ways: large portions of whole bone-in chicken or as boneless bites.
Whatever the choice though, what is assured is that characteristic balance between the crispy and the chewy that ultimately defines Korean fried chicken, making Kokodoo’s dangerously addictive.
If you’re looking for something more, then you’d be remiss not to try their complete chicken meals that come with freshly-made sticky white rice alongside a crunchy portion of zingy Korean slaw.
Translating all that exceptional chicken over to deliver a mouth-watering burger and a number of loaded fries full of punchy flavours is a foregone conclusion.
As for their signature Kokodoo KFC Burger, then what makes it a best-seller is a glisteningly thick piece of tender chicken covered in a sticky-cum-crispy batter, and served with skin-on fries and Korean slaw.
The brand’s Dirty Fries are also something to behold with medium-cut, skin-on fries being smothered in plenty of gooey American cheese, and whose piquancy is perfectly complemented by chunks of Sweet & Spicy KFC, and a sprinkle of chives and sesame seeds.
With chicken wraps also to consider, there’s a reason why Kokodoo draw in the huge crowds that they do.
37 Uplands Cres, Uplands, Swansea SA2 0NP.
Opening Times: Mon-Thur 16:00-21:00 | Fri-Sat 12:00-22:00 | Sun 12:00-21:00