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.
Jubo was conceptualised in 2012. The team spent six months developing recipes and perfecting Korean fried chicken. In August 2013, Jubo was launched as a full service restaurant in Shoreditch after securing residency at 68 Rivington Street.
Jubo specialises in fast-casual Korean food. Drawing inspiration from the K-Towns of Manhattan and Wilshire Boulevard, Jubo provides the ultimate 'anju' experience (drinking with food) coupled with a compelling drinks menu featuring soju, signature cocktails and beer.
We are a full service restaurant and take bookings for groups of six and above. Take out is also available.