[Closed] The Chicken King – Salted Egg Chicken and Orh Nee Fries At Toa Payoh Central
Opened by the folks behind Orchid Live Seafood Restaurant, The Chicken King is a local Western food concept shop alongside a row of eateries at Toa Payoh Hub (at the back row).
Wah! So many photos of the chef with local celebrities. Chef Steven Chua, who helms the kitchen, must have garnered support from these artistes for famed Lobster Porridge and Prawn Paste Chicken.
The Chicken King is a different story all together.
The menu consists of predominantly fried food. Fried chicken, fried squid, fried rice, fried potatoes (I mean fries). Not for the health conscious or those nursing a sore throat.
Dishes recommended to us include the Steven Chicken (4 pcs for $5/ 6 pcs for $7.50), Steven Popcorn Chicken ($5) and Buttermilk Chicken Waffle ($12).
Steven? Steven Chicken.
Being a popular dish at Orchid Live Seafood Restaurant, the Steven Chicken (4 pcs for $5/ 6 pcs for $7.50) was named after its creator.
Deeply infused and marinated, the Steven Chicken was somewhat addictive with a slight saltish soy taste like a snack.
On the other hand, we wished that the chicken could be meatier, slightly shrivelled, little flesh on the bones.
Each set of a main with side comes with a free drink of your choice. Salted Egg or Orh Nee (yam) sauce were available at an additional $2 for the Shoe String Fries ($3).
The yam sauce wasn’t too yammy (I mean yummy), a tad too sweet for our liking. Fries were also regrettably soft and soggy.
The pieces Salted Egg Popcorn Chicken ($5) reminded us of popcorn chicken at another fast-food restaurant – small, bite-sized and convenient to munch on.
We loved the salted egg sauce drizzled on the chicken, which reminded us of tze char style with a hint of laksa leaves. The fried chicken, on the other hand, also suffered the same fate of being dry.
There is still room for improvement for the food presentation if they would like to appeal to the younger and hipper customer base.
Fried chicken served in takeaway boxes, Buttermilk Chicken Waffle ($12) served on plastic plates similar to that in food courts is likely not to appeal to them.
The shimmering golden brown, crispy fried breaded crust chicken with melted cheese and caramelised onions looked promising. However, the fried chicken was dry (again) and waffle soft and limp.
The Chicken King would probably face some competition from a fast food restaurant in the same block, since they offer a chicken-centric menu.
Translating processes from a seafood restaurant to a Western concept would require some further refinement.
If you need to, the Steven Chicken would be the safest bet.
The Chicken King
Blk 190, Toa Payoh Central #01-530, Singapore 310190 (Toa Payoh MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon-Sun)
* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Café Correspondent Nicholas Tan. Follow him on Instagram for news on latest café openings.