This was last December when it had just opened. Remember when I said last year when PinGo Yogurt opened in Alhambra that all these Pinkberry copycats will have to lower their prices drastically in order to compete? Similar bright coloring. Similar prices. Similar fresh fruit toppings.
But definitely not the same frozen yogurt formula. Too sour. Too bitter. We should have asked for samples first because none of us liked this at all. But then we felt bad for them because it didn't seem like there were any other customers, or else we really should have just asked for our money back. Has anyone else tried it recently to see if they retooled the formula? I know PinGo Yogurt was pretty bad at first, but now it tastes pretty darn similar to Pinkberry.
Anyway, it's now converted to also include Coo Coo Chicken, a Chinese copycat of Korean-style fried chicken. A 10-piece order of wings was $7.99. The wings were garlicky and slightly spicy, liberally drizzled with sweet chili sauce. The batter was thick but not of the double-fried style of Korean fried chicken like what I ate at Kyochon Chicken. The wings came with a small side salad and daikon cubes. They were good, just not in the same style, but at half the price of Kyochon.
You can also order an 8-piece whole chicken for $8.99, 5-piece drumsticks for $7.99, and popcorn chicken for $6.99. There's also garlic soy sauce flavor.
Is it fro-yo? Is it fried chicken? I was trying to figure out if Coo Coo Chicken replaced VeryBerry, but it looks like both businesses are co-existing in the same space. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. The business always seemed sparse, with an occasional customer coming in to purchase a drink. I think the fried chicken was added to compete ever since Nubi Yogurt opened up across the street. They also offer tea, shaved ice, and smoothies. Since the chicken wings were pretty good, maybe that addition will help lure in more customers.
September 19, 2009 Update: The Coo Coo Chicken wasn't enough to keep either it or Very Berry in business. This restaurant has now closed.
My other frozen yogurt posts:
CeFiore - Los Angeles (Little Tokyo)
CeFiore - Monterey Park
Nubi Yogurt - San Gabriel
Peach House - San Gabriel (Closed)
PinGo Yogurt - Alhambra
Pinkberry - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Pinkberry - Pasadena
Pinkberry - Rancho Cucamonga
Silver Spoon - Alhambra
VeryBerry/Coo Coo Chicken
227 W. Valley Blvd., #118-B
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
1 year ago today, Cream of Tomato Soup.