KFC and Ssam
Jubo is a little interesting canteen, located inside the Bedroom Bar on the trendy Rivington Street, it serves simple US style Korean fast food, as well as a Korean classic ssam, which you need to order in advance. I noticed Korean fried chicken has created a bit of a buzz lately, Jubo has a reputation of providing some quality KFC but I also loved the idea of the ssam after looking at the menu, the solution was: Have them both!
On my first visit, I took advantage of its 25% off Monday night offer, I pretty much ordered everything from the menu. The gunmandu dumplings was decent with hints of sweet and spicy flavours. The pork belly steamed bun was Asian comforting food at its finest, juicy pork belly with hoisin and sriacha sauces, lightened up by a slice of refreshing pickled cucumber.
|pork belly steamed bun, pickled cucumber, hoisin, sriracha|
|kimchi fried rice, bacon, seaweed, spring onion and egg|
& gunmandu dumplings
Best dish on the night was the kimchi fried rice, not overly spicy, just enough punch and kicks to lift up your taste buds, great balance of Asian flavours, it worked beautifully with the runny egg yolk and it was easily one of the nicest rice dishes I've had in London. The main event KFC lived up to its reputation, not overly crispy and still tender on the inside, the soy garlic dressing was rich and flavoursome, it was so simple yet so delicious.
|bulgogi sub, onion, peppers, gochujang mayo and cheddar|
|soy garlic & hot and sweet KFC|
For my second visit, I finally got the chance to try the pre ordered ssam after our starter of Chicken dinner platter. The ssam arrived in an impressive fashion, served on a giant metal pan with 1kg of roasted bavette on top of a sea of onions and garlic. The meat itself was moist and rich, we had the choice of eating it with large selections of garnish, but my favourite was without a doubt the wrapping of the meat and onion, in a little gem with a dash of sesame oil and ssamjang.
|chicken dinner platter|
|1kg pan roasted bavette, |
served with kimchi, ssamjang, little gems and rice
I really enjoyed both of my visits at Jubo, the KFC was really something and I was pleased that I discovered such a fun place in London. The staff were very friendly and took great care of us, Jubo's service was excellent throughout both evenings which was very impressive indeed. Do notice that they offer 25% off, on food on Monday and all you can eat wings on Tuesday for £20, a great way to discover US style Korean street food.
£18 per head with a beer
£30 per head (Ssam) with a cocktail
68 Rivington Street London, UK EC2A 3AU