Korean food has really taken off in the last a couple of years, particularly around Perth with various Korean BBQ joints popping up around Northbridge and the CBD area. But of course, Korean food isn't just pork belly on a grill. Kimchi for example, extends way beyond a side dish and often forms the body of many noodle, rice, korean pancake, meat, seafood or soup dishes. One particular thing that I noticed when I was travelling in Seoul was that it wasn't uncommon to see street sides lined up with all different styles of Korean food. Feel good chicken broth, our well adopted Korean barbecue, rolls of Kimbap (Korean Sushi) and the iconic "Tornado Potato" could just about be found at every left turn. One aspect of the Korean food culture that my family especially took very well to, was the Korean Fried Chicken. Call it a cult following, but it wasn't uncommon for us to make various 2-3am phone calls for pipping hot, delicious Fried Chicken, delivered right to our hotel room!
Fast forward back to Perth; a couple of weeks ago, I was brought to Von's on good authority - and advised that I was in for a serious addiction. It's a no brainer really, Von's in Victoria Park serves fried chicken, and there are very few people in this world that don't find comfort and euphoria in digging into a big plate of fried chicken. What makes Von's unique from KFC, Chicken Treat, Red Rooster, or any other chicken based fast food outlet, is the fact that they season each variety of chicken on the menu with a unique blend of Korean spices. Whether you indulge in their Roasted or Fried chicken varieties, you'll be hard tasked to find chicken anywhere else in Perth that tastes like this.
One thing that I really like about Von's, which makes them stand out from just being a suburban "fast food joint", is the amenities that they provide for their customers. Moments before your chicken arrives, the waitstaff will bring out stacks of plates, various cutleries (take your pick) and pairs of plastic gloves. So whether you're a primal meat eater or a dainty bone picker, they've got you covered. Most importantly, you can sauce/grease proof your paws if you wish; I always double layer up on the gloves when I eat here. These little additions; call them kitch or what have you, but they definitely makes customers feel welcomed and at ease about really digging in!
I'm a big fan of the Gold Wings at Von's; the seasoning is a perfect mix of salty and slightly tangy flavours. The chicken is as crispy as they are tender on the inside, and incredibly juicy. You can order a side of chilli sauce ($1.00) for dipping, but I think they're perfect on their own, and contrast nicely with my second favourite chicken at Von's, the Roasted Chicken in Black Vinegar and Soy Sauce.
I personally think there is nothing better than switched every few wings between these two types of chicken. The sauce glazes each wing completely, and even though black vinegar and soy sauce sound like simple flavours, the result is a great sweet/salty combination. Usually, I only get the wings here (I'm a sucker for flavour), but for the same price you can get drumsticks (Regular, 4 pieces or Large, 8 pieces) or a combination of the both (Regular, 5 pieces or Large, 9 pieces)
Even though Von's technically speaking, is a place for all those who enjoy chicken, they are still able to offer variety and flexibility to their customers. Other than picking what cuts of the chicken you want, there is also the option of choosing the portion size, as well as whether you want the basting sauce to be mild, hot or spicy. Chickens aside, Von's also offers an array of sides including chips, fried or steamed rice and salads. Another bonus is the fact that Von's is situated right in the mix of various food venues along Albany Highway - so there's always scope for heading across the street for gelato or Taiwanese desserts afterwards. However, the downside is, the chickens do take awhile to come out and if they're busy, be prepared to wait at least 20 minutes. It's a small place and it's often packed with people, so I recommend making a reservation, or if you're in a hurry, make a phone order before you arrive. All in all, I encourage you to join the Korean Fried Chicken Revolution; bring some mates and a couple of beers, and I guarantee it's all happy days from there.
Open: 11:30am - 2:30pm for Lunch, Tuesday - Saturday. 5:30pm - 9:30pm for Dinner daily.