For the love of all that is holy in the land of spicy, flavorful, and finger lickin’ good foods, this is for you.
If you’re ever in Berlin and craving food like the locals, you must–yes you absolutely MUST– find your way down Oranienstrasse and into the kitschy, loud, colorful, heart of Kreuzberg. There you shall find a cacophony of different food establishments offering authentic international flavors.
Skip them for now.
Follow your nose to Oranienstrasse 16. Tucked in between other popular eateries with a couple of tables of outdoor seating is the Angry Chicken, a Korean chicken joint with a loyal following. I don’t know how we missed this place when we visited Berlin and stayed in Kreuzberg a year ago! (There are so many great food haunts on Oranienstrasse that even with a picky eater like a then-4 year old, we couldn’t go wrong wherever we landed for a meal)
Squeeze your way past the locals and the Korean expats without staring at them sucking down the spicy sweet sauce around chicken parts wallowing in metal bowls. Get in line and make your order. The menu descriptions are pretty true to form. The Angry Chicken is sweet and a bit spicy, but not too much. My friend got the So So Angry and she enjoyed it too. Not too hot but just right.
If you don’t know German, no worries. The menu is also in English and Korean and if you’re lucky, Tini (“Teeny”) may be at the register to help you out with the different options in English. She’s a cute petite German-Filipina from Hessen who’s manning the register. Without a doubt, Kreuzberg is one of the friendliest corners of Berlin due to folks like Tini.
Seating: Cozy. Tight.
Don’t worry if it’s lunch hour and there are no seats available. Take your number, grab a drink from the corner chillbox (refrigerator), & wait for a table to clear. Again, try not to stare. Locals know not to sit and loiter after a meal if there’s a line.
Listen for your number in German…If in doubt, remember who was in line before you. Bring your tray back to your seat (don’t forget to grab some paper napkins on your way), and enjoy!
You’ll have a choice of regular potato fries (pommes) or sweet potato chips (süsskartoffelchips) served with a nice chili aoili dipping sauce. FYI Mayo haters like my hubby should probably avoid the sauce. I opted for the sweet potato as it’s not a normal option in Germany. I was rewarded with a full box of thinly sliced sweet potatoes, deep fried until crisp, and lightly salted. Perfect addition to my Angry chicken order, which was exactly as promised, a bit sweet and spicy. If you prefer more sweet or more heat, check out the menu options. You just can’t go wrong…unless you don’t order enough for one sitting. The smallest order is for 4 pieces, the largest is for 15, so order to share or hoard, just order enough.
Don’t forget to clear your mess and return your tray to the front. That’s part of the deal for good cheap finger lickin good Korean chicken…be courteous to those who follow.
Special thanks to my new Parisian friend, Anna Livia, for introducing me to the Angry Chicken. And for asking the question “do you want to take a walk?” I am now wishing Kreuzberg was just around the corner instead of on the other side of Germany.