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[ICONIC FOOD] Movie puts galbi chicken on the menu: After its starring role in the hit ‘Extreme Job,’ people are clamoring for a taste

Feb 18,2019
A policeman, top, disguised as a chef in the movie “Extreme Job” prepares ingredients to make fried chicken. Franchise chicken restaurants offer their own versions of galbi (barbecue sauce) chicken: at left is BHC’s Galbi Leo and at right is Goobne Chicken’s Galbi Cheonwang. [CJ ENTERTAINMENT, SCREEN CAPTURE]
Galbi (barbecue sauce marinated) fried chicken, which was featured in the recently-released film “Extreme Job” has become a dish that many eaters are curious to try. In order to keep up with demand, restaurants across the country have started to roll out their own versions of the chicken variety. As of Sunday, the movie - in which police officers disguise themselves as fried chicken restaurant owners in order to catch criminals - has sold more than 14 million tickets since its release on Jan. 23.

A surprise success at the box office, the movie kicked off a national craving for the fictional chicken dish, known in the film as Suwon Wang Galbi Tongdak. In the movie, even the officers have a hard time remembering the original purpose of running the restaurant because their chicken sells so well. After one officer whose family runs a Korean barbecue restaurant in Suwon, Gyeonggi, gets his hands on the recipe, it instantly becomes a hit on social media for its unique taste and people from across the nation flock to try it out.

Some chicken restaurants did not miss the chance to try out the new style of chicken themselves to attract new groups of customers, especially eateries in Suwon. The city’s famous Chicken Street is known to have more than a dozen chicken restaurants and is a must-see location for many visitors. Many restaurants in the area have introduced their own versions of the marinated fried chicken, and one has even brought back an updated version of barbecue sauce chicken that it introduced two years ago that didn’t prove to be very popular at first.

Nammun Tongdak, a relative newcomer in the Chicken Street neighborhood, needed something on its menu that wasn’t widely available elsewhere, and galbi sauce was what it chose to use about two years ago. After the owner heard that something similar to what he had made was featured in the movie, he instantly brought the dish back. Now, many customers wait in line for about an hour to get a taste of the restaurant’s galbi chicken.

Some franchise chicken eateries that sell chicken made with barbecue sauce have reportedly seen an increase in sales recently. Goobne Chicken, which released its Galbi Cheonwang in 2016, has seen a nearly 20-percent sales increase for their menu item since the movie opened. BHC’s Galbi Leo has been sought after by those looking to be trendy. The dishes from both restaurants include galbi sauce covering their chicken, but the chicken is grilled, not fried.

For people looking to try the chicken from the film at home, CJ Entertainment released the recipe they used to make the chicken on social media. Check out the recipe below.

Those looking to try to “real” thing don’t have to wait much longer because the galbi chicken used in the film is coming to town this week. Lusso Factory, the catering company that cooked the chicken used in the movie in a food truck near the set, will be selling its version starting on Feb. 20 in Bucheon, Gyeonggi. To create a more authentic ambiance, the company decided to sell the chicken from a food truck - the same way it did for the movie. The chicken will be available in the parking lot of the restaurant Road Camping, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. For more information about the pop-up event, go to myroadkings.com or call 1899-5807 or (032) 672-6066.

BY LEE SUN-MIN [summerlee@joongang.co.kr]

To make the marinade for a whole chicken, you need:

300 (4.2 cups) milliliters of soy sauce

260 grams (1.3 cups) of sugar

10 grams of pepper

15 milliliters of starch syrup

30 milliliters of cooking oil

20 milliliters of sesame oil

13 grams of chili seasonings

175 grams of minced onion

75 grams of peeled garlic

125 grams of cola

5 grams of Miwon (a food additive).

Cuts of the chicken need to sit in 200 milliliters of milk for 30 minutes first. Next, remove the chicken from the milk. Combine 1.5 cups of frying powder and 1.5 cups of water. Cover the chicken in the mixture and then put it into oil to fry. After frying, put the marinade in a pan along with the fried chicken and stir-fry for about three minutes until the marinade covers the chicken.