Newly opened Dodam Chicken, Causeway Bay offers Korean fried poultry with a kick
Barbecue pork ribs, pizza, salads and spicy seafood help round out an extensive menu of dishes – but be warned, the chicken portions are huge
The craze for KFC – that’s Korean fried chicken, of course – hasn’t died down just yet. Dodam Chicken – another import from Korea – has landed in Lee Theatre Plaza serving an extensive range of dishes – and not only chicken ones – that are large enough to serve a crowd.
It’s not a huge space. The kitchen is at the back, and the dining area has two large screens on the walls showing K-pop videos to get you into the mood.
The menu can be overwhelming with so many chicken dishes to choose from – there’s baked, , fried, fried chicken with squid, or with cream sauce with onions, as well as non-poultry offerings such as barbecue pork ribs, pizza, salads and spicy seafood dishes.
My dining companion and I were hoping to sample a variety of chicken dishes, but our server warned that each serving was one whole chicken – there was no option to order half portions, so it seems they’re catering to big groups.
We tried two chicken dishes: crunch chicken (HK$178) and sweet and spicy chicken (HK$188).
We liked both flavours. The crunch chicken wasn’t greasy and we enjoyed the crunchiness of the skin that was far superior to the type you get at American fast food places. The meat was tender and juicy.
The sweet and spicy chicken had a chilli kick, although it wasn’t too spicy, and the meat was generously covered in the sauce. The restaurant provided each of us with one disposable plastic glove so we could eat the chicken with less of a mess on our hands. Two gloves per person would have been better.
Although we had leftovers to take home, we were glad we ordered two different chicken dishes – just eating one flavour would have been monotonous.
For a healthier balance to the meal, we tried the restaurant’s signature Dodam salad (HK$128). The plate was filled with chopped romaine lettuce, radicchio, frisée, kale, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, radish and a few cashews, all tossed in a creamy dressing. We managed to finish most of the salad, but it was a large portion meant for three or more people.
We ended the meal with a big scoop of lemon sorbet (HK$28) that refreshed our palates.
Dodam Chicken, shop 18A, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2333 8365 or 2333 8375