Chick’n Bubbly

Credit: Paola Mathus/ Credit: Paola Mathus/

The last time I remember having real fried chicken was one night back in August when my mom made some for dinner. I’ve always loved my mom’s fried chicken, and what I love most about it is the bread crumb coating on the outside. She seasons the bread crumb mixture to perfection before frying, and the result is a delicious and extra crispy crust on the chicken. I’ve always felt that no other version of fried chicken can compare to my mom’s, so I’ve never even bothered to buy fried chicken during my time in college. It wasn’t until my friend brought me to Chick’n Bubbly that I began to reconsider my decisions.

Chick’n Bubbly is a small eatery in Oakland that is known for its Korean styled fried chicken and bubble tea. Customers are able to buy a combination of drumsticks and wings in snack, small, medium, and large sizes. All chicken is served with a choice of sauce: sweet and spicy sauce, soy garlic sauce, or spicy soy garlic sauce. What’s more, Chick’n Bubbly even offers gloves for eating their chicken, since it can get messy very easily.

When I went to Chick’n Bubbly for the first time a few days ago, I was surprised to see how small the place was. The small space did seem to create a very comfortably social environment, where even employees were having casual conversations with the customers. I admired the urban setup of the restaurant, along with its social atmosphere, and I knew I wanted to come back another time to hang out with more of my friends.

Both of our orders of chicken came after about fifteen minutes. We got a medium sized box of chicken with half covered in sweet and spicy sauce, and the other half covered in soy garlic sauce. Although the price of the meal was a bit expensive, the food was definitely worth it. Eating did get very messy pretty quickly, but at least the gloves were helpful for keeping my hands clean. The thick coating of the sauces (which got all over my face) added lots of flavor and spice to the whole eating experience: the sweet and spicy sauce provided a good combination of flavoring. The sweet taste did overpower the spice at first, however at the end the spiciness kicked in, leaving a bit of a burning sensation on my lips. The soy garlic sauce was also a little sweet, but the garlic flavor complemented it well. The combination of all these flavors, the texture of the sesame seeds sprinkled on top of the chicken, and the delicious crunchiness of the outer crust made the entire food experience amazing.

The chicken at Chick’n Bubbly is definitely unlike any other version of fried chicken I’ve eaten, although it still doesn’t compare to my mom’s recipe (but it’s close, not going to lie). The food there is fun to eat and surely tasty, just don’t forget to wear the gloves. If you’re thinking about sharing some fried chicken with a couple of friends in the near future, be sure to check out Chick’n Bubbly!