It seems like that Koreans especially love chickens although people around the world do. You can easily find one or more restaurants, delivery restaurants, beer pub who sold various kinds of chicken for example, Jjimdak, Padak, Tongdak, and more.
“Dak” means chicken in Korean and names above mentioned are all newly created words for chicken. Jjimdak is braised chicken with soy source, Padak is chicken with green onions, and Tongdak usually means whole chicken that are fried or roasted. Buldak or fire chicken is a heavily spiced, barbecued chicken dish. The literal meaning of the name is “fire chicken”, where bul means “fire”.
Buldak became popular in South Korea during 2004, primarily for its extremely pungency, as the country’s long-term recession and economic downturn caused the local population to seek out spicy food to relieve stress. The rise in popularity of buldak set the trend for extremely hot dishes in South Korea, which led to the rise of buldak franchise restaurants. However, the name buldak was registered at a patent office in April 2001 by Buwon Food, who claimed copyright to the name. This led to strong opposition from Hongcho Buldak and other leading buldak restaurants, who claimed that the term had been used as a common noun. On the 30th of April, 2008, the Patent Court of Korea agreed that term was generalized and buldak became free for public use. In 2015, buldak achieved international popularity and became one of the most popular takeaway foods in the United Kingdom. Although the popularity of buldak has declined in recent years in South Korea, the dish has led to the development of other successful dishes inspired by it, such as buldak-flavored instant noodles by Samyang Food.
Buldak can be grilled or deep-fried using bite-sized chicken pieces, and is served with a spicy sauce usually including gochutgaru (chili powder), gochujang (chili paste), soy sauce, jocheong (starch syrup), garlic, and ginger. Chili powder, made from Cheongyang chili pepper, is preferred as it is spicier than regular chili powder used in Korean recipes. Sliced garae-tteok (rice cakes) and melted cheese are common additions to the dish. Mild side dishes such as gyeran-jjim (steamed eggs) or boiled nuringji (scorched rice) are often served with buldak to help counteract the spiciness. The dish is usually accompanied with an alcoholic beverage such as beer.
The spices that are used in Buldak are applied to many snacks as well as instant noodles. There are Buldak flavored chips, dried food, and nuts etc… They are soooo good with beer. Korean people love to drink with chicken anyways and there is a coined word, although they are not new anymore, “Chimac” that means Chicken and beer. Say Let’s go Chimac…
I am introducing one of the snacks that are flavored with Buldak and good with Chimac. There are also other flavors such as wasabi, Koreans love hot and spicy!