Korean fried chicken giant Bonchon makes landfall in Melbourne

Published on 12 January 2022

Photo: Get in, we're going to Craigieburn.

And they’re celebrating by stuffing you silly with the dirty bird.

Paint us with hot sauce and fry us twice: Melbourne is the home of Australia’s first branch of Bonchon. Perchance that doesn’t strike a chord, Bonchon is the Korean fried chicken joint that you’re about to travel to the end of the line – the Craigieburn Line – for.

Like gold at the end of the rainbow, Bonchon has set up shop in Craigieburn Central, and is celebrating its opening this Saturday, 15 January, with three free wings per customer between 2pm and 5pm.

The menu runs a wider program of pan-Asian snacks, including dumplings, loaded kimchi fries, japchae and bulgogi, but it’s the twice-fried chicken upon which the franchise made its name.

Hailing from the Korean seaside city of Busan where its signature sauces are still made, the hit chain now operates over 370 stores globally, the majority of which are located in the US.

Melbourne hasn’t wanted for fried chicken since the great Gami boom of the 2010s, but we could all use another reason to take its favourite train line to the terminus, and that reason may as well be chicken.

Bonchon, Craigieburn Central, Main St, Craigieburn, open Sun-Thu 11.30am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11.30am-10pm, bonchon.com.au, @bonchonaustralia

By Frank Sweet

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