Restaurants, Korean Shoreditch
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Tucked in the corner of a Shoreditch bar, this dinky pop-up serves KFC – that’s Korean Fried Chicken – with steamed buns and piquant pickles.

We’ve been predicting Korean food as the big trend for 2013, and here it is – in just one of its many forms. In this case it’s the eat-with-fingers, messy, New York dude food version of Korean fast food. The dishes are served in disposable paper trays; tables are shared. No bookings are taken. Jubo feels improvised, and occupies one end of the long-established Bedroom Bar. Good cocktails are on hand. Jubo feels like a pop-up, but, we’re assured, it’s here to stay.

Korean fried chicken (KFC) is seasoned then fried twice, which produces a slightly crunchier coating which complements strong-flavoured or gloopy sauces. It goes well with beer, and is an on-trend dish right now – pub chains such as Draft House have cottoned on, and chicken joint Wishbone in Brixton also has a version. At Jubo the options are boneless thigh strips, or messier, bone-in wings. The texture certainly beats the other KFC; the soy/garlic dressing was zesty, the hot/sweet sauce thick and syrupy.

Steamed buns are firm rather than delicate, delivered with fillings such as slow-cooked pork belly, slow--braised beef, or a vegetarian mushroom version with hoisin sauce. Best of all though were the pickles – both the white radish and shiitake mushroom pickles had complex, fruity flavours.

Service was chummy, prices low. In Shoreditch, it should do well.

By: Guy Dimond


Venue name: Jubo
Address: 68 Rivington Street
Opening hours: Lunch: Monday to Friday: 12pm -2.30 pm Dinner: Monday to Thursday: 6 pm-10.30 pm Friday & Saturday: 6 pm-11.00 pm
Transport: Tube: Shoreditch High Street/Old Street
Price: Average dinner spend £20
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