• Korean Fried Chicken

  • Wings and Boneless

  • Kimbap Rice Rolls

  • Bibimbap Bulgogi Rice

  • Spicy Pork Dakgogi Rice

  • Japchae Tteokbokki

  • And more

Kitchener-Waterloo's Original Korean Fried Chicken

As of May 1 2020 we are temporarily closed 죄송합니다 :(

If I could have one last meal it would be the spicy chicken and mandu! Natalia, Google Review
I was blown away. Amazing food. Everything was 10/10. Dayna, Google Review
As a big fan of Korean food: This place is SO good. Carol L, Google Review
Really good food and very friendly service. Highly recommend. Craig, Google Review


The chicken was perfectly fried (wonderfully crispy and the meat was tender). matsiepan, Google Review
Bulgogi rice is my favorite, have it almost every week :) Xiyan, Google Review

About Our Food

At Yang Yum we serve many delicious things, most of which are typical Korean fare. If you are just making your first foray into Korean food, here are some helpful considerations!

Yang Yum Chicken (양념 치킨) is our speciality. Our chicken wings are double-fried for double deliciousness, after which they're covered in a sauce of your choosing and peppered with sesame seeds. For the wing-averse we also serve boneless bites - hand-cut and hand-breaded chicken breast in bite-size pieces.

You might be wondering what happened to our Yang Yum Cup. Sadly, we found that our fried chicken in a cup was as inconvenient as it was iconic. So we've retired the Yang Yum Cup at least for now and switched to a small box for ease of eating.

Most important of all, the sauces and marinades we serve are 100% homemade! Our Yang Yum Red sauce is made with Korean hot pepper paste, garlic, soy sauce, and hot pepper powder. It might sound fearsome but its not really that hot - just tangy and delicious! But our sweet Yang Yum Black is surely a little more tame - made with soy sauce, onions, garlic, and regular old pepper. And we're excited to introduce our newest sauce - Yang Yum White - a ginger-garlic creamy sauce made with mayo, butter, soy sauce, and brown sugar.

Yang Yum Burger is a relatively recent addition to our menu. We double-fry an oversize, hand-breaded chicken breast and serve it with your choice of sauce on a toasted bun. Some cucumber adds a little extra crunch to an already crunchy handful!

Bulgogi (불고기) translates literally to fire meat, but not so much because it is hot or spicy, just because its meat cooked with fire! Marinated in soy sauce with garlic, onions, and other wonderfully tasty ingredients, Bulgogi is a staple of Korean cuisine.

Bibimbap (비빔밥) features the delicious triumverate: bulgogi, mixed vegetables, and an eye-catching egg - served on top of rice. Our bibimbap includes carrots, cucumber, peppers, mushrooms, and chives.

Spicy Pork Rice (돼지) is pretty much what it sounds like.

Dakgogi Rice (닭고기밥) is sliced chicken is marinated in our savory Yang Yum Red sauce and then served with a fried egg and vegetables on rice.

Tteokbokki (떡볶이) is a dish of long, white, cylinder-shaped rice cakes. If you've never seen a rice cake before, imagine a normal piece of rice but about 50 times bigger. Our tteokbokki is served along with fish cakes, onions, and chives, in a gochujang sauce or black bean paste.

Japchae (잡채) is a sweet and savory dish of glass noodles that according to Wikipedia, is very popular in Korean cuisine. Glass noodles are, of course, not made from actual glass. They're just called that because they're kind of transparent! Japchae is sometimes served cold as an appetizer - our japchae is served hot and you can order it with traditional sweet soy taste or spicy gochujang.

Kimbap (김밥) is Korea's answer to the renowned sushi roll. Wrapped in seaweed, kimbap may feature ham or bulgogi and a variety of vegetables, wrapped up together with rice and ready to devour. Is it actually pronounced Gimbap? No one really knows.

If you have any questions or allergy concerns, please contact us and we'll be happy to tell you more about our dishes!

Can’t wait to try all of the items this restaurant offers now and in the future!Nana, Google Review
My go-to place in town when I crave Korean cuisined fried chicken. Junghwa, Google Review

Our Story

Yang Yum brings to Waterloo, Ontario the deliciously secret Korean recipes of owner and chief cook, the mysterious 정연.

The name Yang Yum was conceived over the course of a long night of plotting, scheming, and spiced rum. A slight variation of the typical spelling Yangnyum or Yangnyeom, the word refers to a variety of seasoned fried chicken - our version Yang Yum is meant to sound even more yummy. Although we offer a variety of Korean dishes - Yang Yum chicken is our passion and our specialty.

Although we have grand aspirations, we've started small - as a takeout and delivery food counter in the Waterloo Central Supermarket. In 2019 we expanded our space, which allowed us to in turn expand our menu. We also added a small counter/bar with seating for those who are hungry but not in a hurry to go anywhere.


Chief Cook and Owner/Director

Jungyun (Adela) was born in Seoul, Korea and attended Sejong University, majoring in arts. She relocated to Canada in 2015 and enrolled in a Hotel and Restaurant Management program at Conestoga College. In 2018, after graduating, Jungyun realized her dream of starting her own restaurant, by opening Yang Yum.

Responsible for all of Yang Yum's onsite operations, Jungyun is especially excited to introduce Kitchener-Waterloo to the well-known Korean chicken and kimbap recipes that she enjoyed and grew up with in Seoul.


Official Yang Yum Taster and Owner/Director

In addition to his responsibilities as official taster, Jeremy (젤어미) also handles graphic design, web design, Yang Yum's meagre social media presence, delivery partnerships, and the like.

Jeremy attended the University of Waterloo and subsequently settled in the area, largely by accident. Outside of Yang Yum, Jeremy has acheived a modest amount of obscurity working at a local software company.

He can often be found on the GO Train to Toronto, dreaming of delicious 갈비.

Yang Yum is a registered corporation of Ontario as 2629214 Ontario Inc.