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.
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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Had 9 soy and spring onion chicken strips and the bokkeumbap rice dish with bacon between two of us for £17- plenty of food and completely delicious! The chicken was definitely the star of the show- deliciously soft on the inside and crispy and sticky on the outside, drenched in sauce! Small place and was a little confused that it was inside the adjacent bar, but decided to take out and enjoy in a nearby park anyway! It came in lovely cardboard boxes with chopsticks, napkins and even a little wipe for your fingers. Would highly recommend for quick, delicious dinner.
If you like hot, get the volcanic chicken. Pork buns were amazing too. Loved the food and it has internal doors through to bedroom bar for some after meal drinks
Possibly the best chicken wings I have ever had. A great find! Thanks Timeout for the great recommendation!
I had a lovely cosy catch up with some girlfriends in Jubo last night. Good company, 2 for 1 cocktails and flavoursome fried chicken; what more do you need? It was empty when we arrived, and full when we left. With bedroom bar just next door, we ate to the sound of a live band and went for drinks after dinner without even going outside. Jubo portions are small but great for nibbling and sharing. The soy&spring onion fried chicken was delicious; very succulent and juicy chicken with a crispy, flavoursome coating (I preferred this flavour to the hot&sweet, which was also delicious). Wasn't so impressed with the 'bready' parts of the menu; the steak sub had an overbearing ratio of bread to filling (although the filling was tasty!) and the chicken roll was likened to McDonalds style. However, the pork bun was so successful that a second had to be ordered! All in all, a nicely informal, snacky dinner. My advice: go for authentic Korean rather than Korean-american, and stick to the chicken/ steamed buns. Oh, and 2 for 1 cocktails, of course :) Ail