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Jan 19, 2021

Shake Shack Debuts New Korean-Style Fried Chick'n Sandwich as Part of Korean-Inspired Menu

Shake Shack debuts the new Korean-Style Fried Chick'n sandwich as part of a limited-item Korean-inspired menu.

The Korean-Style Fried Chick'n sandwich features Shake Shack's crispy-fried chicken breast filet covered in a gochujang glaze, topped with toasted sesame seeds, and served with white kimchi slaw on a potato bun. The new sandwich is inspired by Korean fried chicken, which is typically double-fried and brushed with sauce (the most popular sauces at Korean fried chicken restaurants in the US being either a soy garlic sauce or a sweet and spicy sauce, which seems to be what Shake Shack is aiming for). Korean fried chicken is very popular in South Korea and enjoys a decent amount of popularity in certain states here at the US (there's one Korean fried chicken restaurant chain, Bonchon, that has over 100 locations in the US across 21 states).

Gochujang is a savory, sweet, and spicy fermented chili paste that's a staple of Korean cooking. Shake Shack's gochujang glaze is mixed with garlic and ginger. Their white kimchi slaw is a custom kimchi from Choi's Kimchi Co., a family-run business in Portland, OR.

The Korean-Style Fried Chick'n sandwich is a rendition of a similar limited-time sandwich that Shake Shack introduced last fall in South Korea as part of a local-inspired menu. The South Korean menu also included a Gochujang Shackburger, made with a slice of Emmental cheese, lightly pickled cucumbers, a gochujang-mayo sauce, and kimchi slaw, plus Gochujang Fries featuring crinkle-cut fries topped with gochujang-mayo sauce, bacon, red pepper powder, and chives.

For the US Korean-inspired menu, the Korean-Style Fried Chick'n sandwich is joined by Korean Gochujang Chick'n Bites, Korean Gochujang Fries, and the Black Sugar Vanilla Shake.

The "Korean Gochujang" label is a bit weird; it's kind of like saying "Thai Sriracha," "Japanese Teriyaki," or "Italian Marinara." The Korean Gochujang Chick'n Bites and Korean Gochujang Fries are like their non-Korean Gochujang counterparts, only they come served with a gochujang-mayo for dipping. It costs 50 cents over getting just the Chick'n Bites or fries plain (may vary). 

The Black Sugar Vanilla Shake features black sugar blended with vanilla frozen custard, topped with whipped cream and black sugar syrup. Black sugar is unrefined cane sugar, which means it has a deep molasses flavor.

You can find the new Korean-inspired menu at all US Shake Shack locations for a limited time.

Photo via Shake Shack.