Boom Boom Chicken
553 Main Street, Fort Lee NJ 07024
I’ve made it something of a mission to help spread awareness of Korean Food on this blog, but given the complexity and depth of the food culture, its hard to be able to show you everything I’d like. One aspect of Korean food culture is that like the Japanese, or even Americans, they have a great fondness for deep fried, fast food type stuff. But they take it very, very seriously.
I am a fiend for Wings. Certainly, American-style Buffalo Wings are a favorite, but when another culture offers up wings for the taking, I’m right on it. I had been recently been made aware of the existence of a Korean-Style takeout wing joint in Fort Lee, called Boom Boom Chicken. It’s on the ass end of Main Street, a somewhat devoid of life area, at the end of the road by the Route 46 overpass just before Fort Lee ends and Leonia begins.
The storefront on Main Street.
Basically, you got four choices of things you can order: An order of drumsticks, an order of wings, an order of mixed drumsticks and wings, or a whole chicken. Everything is deep fried. You also can get your choice of Garlic/Soy sauce or Sweet and Spicy sauce, or half and half.
We got a order of Wings, half and half. It should be noted that it takes about 20 minutes for them to cook your order, because nothing is frozen or left under heat lamps — its made from NEVER BEEN FROZEN fresh chicken. So I recommend you call in your order before you get there, or bring a magazine or newspaper while you wait.
It should be noted that I think these are probably the best wings I have had in the entire area — the garlic/soy glazed ones are fantastic, as are the spicy/sweet ones which have a serious Korean red pepper kick to them. I think to truly appreciate them, you have to eat them on premises, because of the fried foods deterioration factor, they probably don’t travel far.
Every order of wings comes with sweet radish kimchi, which is great for eating between wings and is great for cooling the palate.