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Michigan’s Greatest Native Eats: Grand Rapids restaurant provides Korean fried rooster with sauces

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After surviving opening proper earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic started, a Korean restaurant on Beltline Avenue is steadily rising in recognition.

Noori Hen, positioned at 2321 E. Beltline Ave. NE, provides Korean fried rooster wings, drumsticks and strips with a wide range of sauces together with soy garlic, candy and delicate, supreme and scorching sauces.

The restaurant, which opened in March 2020, was solely open for a short while earlier than it needed to shut down as a result of COVID-19.

“We opened after which needed to shut after two weeks,” stated proprietor Steve Hyun. “It was a tough time, we had been solely capable of do takeout, however we survived and are getting higher and higher.”

A Korean restaurant on Beltline Avenue known as Noori Hen serves Korean favorites like bibimbap and bulgogi. (Audra Gamble | MLive)

Together with its in style fried rooster, the restaurant provides dumplings, coleslaw, egg rolls, bubble milk tea and fried rice. Noori additionally serves Korean specialties like buldak spicy rooster, bibimbap bowls, Korean beef barbecue (bulgogi), and japchae, which is stir-fried glass noodles.

“Sixty % of our gross sales is the fried rooster and the preferred sauces are the soy garlic and the medium supreme,” Hyun stated. “These are the signature gadgets.”

Hyun stated he usually will get requested about what makes Korean fried rooster completely different from different forms of fried rooster. Basically, Korean fried rooster has a lighter, crispier coating than American fried rooster. However Hyun stated the distinction is less complicated to style than clarify.

“Lots of people ask what makes it completely different,” he stated. “I begin by telling them about how the sauce is completely different after which I find yourself simply saying that it’s a must to strive it and discover out your self.”

Noori Hen is open 11 a.m. to eight p.m. Monday-Saturday and is closed Sunday.

Korean specialties

Noori Hen on Beltline Avenue serves specialty drinks together with bubble milk tea and Korean Milkis smooth drinks. Pictured here’s a mango bubble tea. (Audra Gamble | MLive)

Hyun stated as a Korean man himself, he goals to supply an excellent expertise for diners new to Korean delicacies.

“For an individual who has by no means tried Korean meals, it could possibly be a bit bit intimidating as a result of historically it’s very spicy,” he stated. “We attempt to have spicy and non-spicy dishes. It’s an ideal place to strive one thing new when you’ve by no means tried Korean meals.”

A full menu for Noori Hen is offered on-line at noorichicken.com. On-line ordering can be out there.

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