Korean fried chicken giant Pelicana opening Burnaby location

Chris Campbell

I was driving around northeastern Burnaby on Saturday when I discovered something amazing and potentially delicious.

We just have to wait for it. Korean fried chicken giant Pelicana is opening a location in Burnaby.

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The sign is up at what used to be a sushi joint, right next door to Red Robin in the small strip mall that sits across from Lougheed Tow Centre shopping mall.

If you haven’t heard of Pelicana before, you’re likely not alone because they don’t have any B.C. locations - until now. The nearest one is in Edmonton, Alta.

But it’s a global giant, with more than 3,000 locations since the chain first opened in 1982.

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Pelicana chicken is apparently best when you dip it into one of the chain's many sauces. Pelicana Instagram

Most are in South Korea, but the company has expanded into the U.S., as well as mainland China and Malaysia, plus a few other countries.

The company touts “Korea’s unique chicken flavours” and the “signature yan-nyum chicken” – a sweet and spicy sauce developed by Pelicana.

Some of the chicken dishes have that traditional fried chicken coating, while others are covered in decadent sauces.

I’m working on tracking down a start date, but it looks like renovations have only started recently. I’ll keep you posted. The location makes perfect sense because the corridor along North Road is a hub for Korean restaurants and businesses.

Pelicana's arrival follows the recent opening of a Hi Five 24-hour chicken outlet on Hastings.

Follow Chris Campbell on Twitter @shinebox44.

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