Match of the week | Korean fried chicken paired with a soju cocktail

Match of the week

Korean fried chicken paired with a soju cocktail

Last week’s ‘Girls can Grill’ event at Jinjuu in Soho provided plenty of inspiration as you may have already seen from the kimchi fried rice recipe I posted but there was also a cracking drinks match of the introductory cocktail with Korean fried chicken.

Korean fried chicken is a bit different from standard southern fried chicken with its spicy coating and accompanying hot sweet barbecue sauce so it's much better suited to a sweet-tasting cocktail or, as chef Judy Joo recommends, an ice cold beer, than a glass of wine

The cocktail we were served was called Jumi - a blend of Earl grey-infused soju, yujacha (citron tea) lemon and Mediterranean tonic which was a wonderfully refreshing contrast to the spicy food. It also went well with the Ssam specials - spicy grilled meats in lettuce wraps. (The Thai-style grilled pork Naem from Jane Alty of The Begging Bowl was particularly good)

I ate at Jinjuu as a guest of the restaurant.

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