561 Livingston Street, Norwood NJ
Web Site: http://www.bbschicken.com
BBS Chicken, the rogue warrior of Fried Chicken in Norwood, is the new king of Korean Wings in North Jersey.
As many of you are aware, I’m a bit of an obsessive when it comes to Korean Fried Chicken.
In Northern New Jersey, since I last wrote about the subject in 2007, there have been a number of openings of new Korean wing joints. Unidentified Flying Chickens in Tenafly opened in 2009 and in early January 2010, its sister restaurant in Englewood, Green’Licious Cafe also opened.
However I think there’s a new wing king, and unlike the big names such as Bon Chon which has multiple locations in the NYC/NJ metro area, it’s an independent takeout/delivery-only store run by a pair of young, enterprising guys with a passion for making a quality product, and they’re on the main drag of Livingston Street in Norwood, where several Korean businesses have opened up in the last few years, further extending the Korean community from their commercial centers in Palisades Park, Fort Lee, Leonia and Ridgefield.
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Andy and Won, the Korean Fried Chicken savants of North Jersey. Just about everything at BBS (which apparently stands for “Bae Brothers”) is made from scratch, including all of their sauces, which were formulated over a period of two years prior to opening the store.
The BBS wing philosophy. They submit to a higher power.
The wing menu. Click on the photo to enlarge.
The sides menu. Click on the photo to enlarge.
A sampler of the popular signature flavors. Left/foreground “Hot”, Right Soy garlic, with “Crispy” in the background. All orders of wings come with the ubiquitous “Mul” Korean white radish pickle, which has a nice cooling effect on the palate. BBS also has regular American-style coleslaw for the less adventurous.
Another view, with “Crispy” in the foreground.
Of the “Signature” flavors my favorite is the “Hot” which uses Korean gochujang red pepper paste as its key ingredient. All of BBS’ wings, which are fresh and not frozen, are brined for 14 hours and then marinated in rice powder for 2 hours before breading and frying in pure peanut oil. This yields a very crispy coating and skin that is not greasy with very juicy meat.
BBS also takes pride in its full-size fried chicken drumsticks which can be ordered in the same sauces as the wings. This is the “Crispy” flavor which we thought was excellent.
Korokke, or Japanese-style potato/vegetable croquettes, served with Tonkatsu sauce.
One of the more interesting sides is their “Fried spicy pickle”. Weird, yet good.
In addition to the Korean-style wings BBS also has regular American/Buffalo-style wings. These are the BBQ flavored ones.
Of the American/Buffalo-styles, my personal favorite are the “Fire” wings which have a habanero-based hot sauce. And yes, they are indeed firey hot.
BBS also has salads and prides itself on using fresh lettuce/produce (not from bags) washed and cut fresh each day.