Food Porn: Kung Food

Last weekend some friends and I went out to lunch on a mission for some fried chicken.  We originally were planning on going to Nette’s Fried Chicken but unfortunately they were closed, so we had to make a change of plans at the last minute.  So after a quick audible, we went down the street to the newly opened Kung Food (in-between Shango and Ming Cafe), a Japanese/Thai restaurant that’s also serving Bubble Tea.  We walked into the cafe on a Sunday afternoon and found a nice sized crowd.  The owner greeted us immediately and was very friendly throughout our entire meal.  They were excited to see some new faces and were excited to talk about their new restaurant and what they are trying to offer to the downtown area.  They also offered a $1 discount for our orders if we “liked” them on facebook.

The place is relatively tiny and as of right now they have seating for about 20 people (the owner said they were planning on expanding the dining/seating area).  The kitchen is open so while you are waiting for your food you get to watch the entire process.  The cafe definitely feels new and was a bit lacking in decorations but don’t let that stop you from enjoying what they have to offer.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual, Cafe
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Location: North Buffalo
  • Prices: Entrees $7, Bubble Tea $3.49

After asking the owner for his recommendation, two people in our party ordered the Kung Food chicken, Alli order the chicken teriyaki (a favorite dish of hers, pictured in gallery) and I tried the Kung Food pork (pictured below).  The “Kung Food” entrees are essentially Japanese style Katsu dishes with very thin pieces of meat that are breaded with panko and then deep fried.  At Kung Food their meat was sliced and then placed on top of rice with potato salad and a side salad.

My Kung Food pork (pictured above) was pretty tasty, the breading of my pork was incredibly crunchy but still thin enough that I could actually taste the pork.  The flavor was sweet and reminded me of hoison sauce.  Considering the pork was so thin and crunchy I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t dried out and had a nice texture.  Our only recommendation would have been to serve some extra sauce on the side of the dish or drizzled on top of the meat.  The rice had a nice flavor but it was the potato salad that surprisingly won us over.  The salad wasn’t exactly revolutionary, chilled and mixed with corn and large pieces of potato, but we all devoured it.  The Kung Food chicken looked near identical and tasted just as good, albeit without some of the sweetness that my pork dish had.

To finish my meal off I decided to try out their bubble tea, I ordered their classic after the owner recommended it as their most popular flavor.  The flavor and texture was that of a milky green tea and on the bottom were tapioca pearls that had a really good texture but lacked a strong flavor.  The only other dilemma was that I ordered my drink as soon as we placed our orders but it took a long time for them to finally make it; I was almost done with my meal before it was ready.

Not only is the location of Kung Food convenient to both downtown and the UB South area, but the food was quite good and the service and excitement from the staff/owners was very refreshing.  As we walked out the owner was very interested in what we thought of our meals and was taking suggestions on what they could do better next time.  That area of Main Street near UB’s South Campus could use some more quality restaurants, Shango can’t hold down the street all on it’s own, and while Kung Food is still new and definitely have some minor tweaks to work out, we really enjoyed our meals and everyone in my lunch party would definitely go back again.

Photo Gallery:

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9 thoughts on “Food Porn: Kung Food

  1. elizabeth

    the jelly balls are tapioca pearls

    • Don Burtless

      thanks, i was confused because I thought I read they had jelly and tapioca.

      • You are right Don, they have both jelly and the pearls, very much different. Jelly is used for a different reason.

  2. All the tapioca pearls I’ve had in bubble tea were pretty flavorless, and are just used for texture. I’ve had lychee jelly in bubble tea before and it was like a fruity, very firm jello cubes at the bottom, and I prefer a jelly to the tapioca pearls.

  3. I hope I influenced this decision :) I believe I recommended this a few weeks ago!

    • Don Burtless

      yes you definitely did, between you and a facebook follower I must have stuck the name of this place in my head.

      • Thanks for the awesome reviews! I’ll keep recommending as I see things.

  4. amanda

    Tried this out the other night after reading your article. The Thai Tea was delicious and the flavor on the kung food chicken was surprising, but delicious. Also, the potato salad was quite the treat. Loved it! Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Don Burtless

      no problem! I’m glad you enjoyed this place as well.

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