There’s a new player in Washington’s fried chicken game: Yona Noodle Bar, the new Ballston restaurant from chefs Mike Isabella and Jonah Kim. Starting this week guests can order buckets of Korean-style crispy birds, served with a creative array of accompaniments, from kimchi to pierogies.
This isn’t your average bird. A single serving takes over two days to create, starting with an overnight brine in sake and white soy. Kim taps into his Korean roots to make the poultry extra-crunchy, drying the skin with potato starch, and double-frying the whole chicken to lock in the juices. Guests can order half or whole portions ($28 and $48, respectively), served with spicy chili glaze and buttermilk-dill dipping sauce, plus house-made kimchi and pickled carrots. The unusual suspect: two kinds of pierogies–fermented scallion and classic potato– whipped up by Kim’s sous-chef Sasha Felikson for a riff on the classic fried chicken-and-spuds combo.
Buckets are served for lunch and dinner, while supplies last.