Korean Fried Chicken Stall ‘The Chicken Lab’ Opens at Cross Street Market in Federal Hill

| December 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Korean fried chicken stall The Chicken Lab has opened at Cross Street Market in Federal Hill. The Chicken Lab fills a space recently vacated by Rice Crook.

The Chicken Lab was launched by husband and wife Daehee Wi and Hye Jeon. Wi was a chef in South Korea before moving to Baltimore two years ago to help his brother launch restaurant Kong Pocha in Charles North. Jeon moved to America from South Korea 15 years ago and is a graphic designer.

When Wi was ready to open his own restaurant he focused in on Federal Hill where he saw a lack of Korean food. He messaged Cross Street Market on Instagram about his interest in getting a stall at the market and that led to the eventual signing of a lease.

The Chicken Lab specializes in breaded and double-fried Korean fried chicken. Jeon told SouthBMore.com the frying process makes the chicken less greasy and extra crispy. Jeon and Wi said chicken “is king” in South Korea.

Customers can order chicken combinations that include wings, drumsticks, or boneless chicken; a sauce; and a side. Sauces include original, cheesling, lemon butter, soy garlic, truffle parmesan, sweet ‘n’ chili, jalapeño garlic, and Call the Doctor. Sides include french fries and fried rice cake.

Wi is very excited to introduce the area to Gang-Jeong which is the most popular dish in his hometown of Incheon. With this dish, customers choose a meat (chicken, shrimp, or dumpling) and flavor which is then stir fried with a fried rice cake, vegetables, and pickled radish.

Other menu items include chicken rice bowls, Kimchi fried rice, chicken sandwiches, and Kimchi cheese fries.

Wi and Jeon are working with Cross Street Market management on getting a liquor license so they can sell Korean beers and soju cocktails. Wi said that chicken and beer is a classic combo in South Korea.

The Chicken Lab is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm, and Sunday from 11am to 8pm.

Daehee Wi

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