O Chicken & Beer – Korean Fried Chicken aka Chimaek At Boat Quay, By The Singapore River
Somehow, I get the impression that Boat Quay is more for the tourists and expats, and seldom venture there for meals. Maybe I don’t like the fact some restaurants could be overly ‘pro-active’ in trying to get customers in.
But I wanted to chillax with both a view and Korean food, and remembered a Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) place below Braci.
There are actually two KFC shops side by side there, the more well-known Bonchon, and the straight-forward named O Chicken and Beer known for its “Chimaek” 치맥. I went for the underdog.
You can choose to sit indoors with air-con, or outdoor where it faces the Parliament House, Empress Place, and the Singapore river *where the river always flows* The choice was obvious for me.
Korean fried chicken varieties served here include the Original Fried Chicken ($15.80, $28.80), Bonless Fried Chicken ($15.80, $28.80), Soy Sauce Fried Chicken ($16.80, $30.80), Carbonara Chicken ($16.80/$31.80), and spicy Yang Nyum Chicken($16.80, $30.80).
Noted that there were more than the usual boneless chicken options, and I ended up ordering a Soy Sauce Fried Chicken which only had a boneless version indicated. Strange.
The chicken was great – crispy while partly juicy on the inside, adequately covered with addictive-sweet soy sauce but not overly drenched such that it would become soggy.
Couldn’t really majorly fault this, thought I wished for bigger pieces.
O Chicken & Beer also serves up a variety of classic Korean dishes such as Haemul Pajeon (Seafood pancake $18.80), Japchae (Stir-fried glass noodles $14.80), Jjamppong (Spicy seafood noodle soup, $16.80), and Dduk Bok Ki (Spicy Korean rice cakes soup, $14.80).
With that said, the menu might be easy to read with better organisation of dishes, and some popular items were placed under the “lunch menu” and not elsewhere.
I had the Jajangmyeon ($14.80) and Seafood Ramyun ($14.80) and preferred the former.
The Korean black bean sauce noodles with its thick black sauce, diced pork and vegetables tasted quite authentic, perhaps lacked in that added “oomph” and robustness to make me want to have this again. Still not-too-bad.
The Seafood Ramyun was the weaker link as the soup base was fairly diluted.
The Lunch Sets here are more of a good deal, as you can get several of these dishes at $9.80++, added with a Singapore River view.
O Chicken And Beer
52 Boat Quay Singapore 049841 (Raffles Place MRT)
Tel: +65 65326088
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 2:00am (Mon – Sun)
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