Arisun, everyone’s favourite Seoul food, has opened an express outpost at World Square. Now you can order their famous Korean fried chicken to go, or head upstairs to their cheerful parlour for a cheese fondue and a frozen beer slushie. To sweeten the deal, they’ve joined forces with Azoto, a liquid nitrogen ice-creamery, which makes for one very indulgent night on the town.
Now to the chicken. Arisun’s menu of Sun’s signature fried chicken ($32) is available in four variations, coated in a thick paprika- and cinnamon-spiced batter, and then double-fried for extra crispness. There’s a whole chicken’s worth in a single serve, and you can can choose from the original recipe or have it doused in soy or sweet and spicy sauce. They also offer boneless popcorn chicken ($32) with wasabi mayonnaise, the least cumbersome to eat if you plan on walking the streets with it, or smuggling it into the George Street cinemas.
The menu also offers a range of cheese melts. I’m not entirely sure how this fits into the national cuisine, but I’m not going to ask too many questions. We order the spicy pork belly with pineapple and melted cheese, which is brought to our table on a portable gas stove. Inside the pan there’s a 3 inch puddle of melted cheese, which softens and bubbles under the heat, soaking up the spicy meat juices, as well as developing crispy flecks of grilled cheese around the edges. You can also order spicy pork ribs ($42) soy beef ($33) and sausages $33) in the same melted cheese bath.
Let’s not forget chicken’s best friend, beer. Arisun serves frozen beer, which is essentially an ice cold Hite lager with a beer slushie on top, designed to keep the beer colder for longer. The only thing that’s possibly more fun is the beer tower ($35), a communal keg with a tap that lets everyone around you know that things are about to get messy. Otherwise, there’s the Yakult soju ($23), an interesting pairing of yoghurt with Korean vodka, or the bokbunja ($14), a traditional black raspberry wine believed to promote male sexual stamina (although it’s effectiveness diminishes when coupled with the beer tower).
When the last piece of chicken has been shamelessly consumed, it’s time to head downstairs for round two at Azoto, their liquid nitrogen ice-creamery. Although, when there’s frozen beer on the menu, who needs ice-cream?