To look for Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, we have to go the distance, literally.
If you need a quick bite before you fly off to a foreign land, try this fried chicken fast food restaurant (since it’s located at Terminal One and Three). I first fell in love with Popeyes at a foreign country a decade back, and wondered when it would arrive to our shores.
This is the airport right? So I kind of expected some kind of vibrancy and service, because this is what we need to show the tourists (must at least wayang a bit). Apparently, it’s no difference from the heartlands and even felt a tad cold.
The signage screams the 5 ‘F’s: Food, Flavour and Fun for Family and Friends. Although said to be n New Orleans style, it seemed to be lacking in friendliness and fun.
Other than Sandwich and Seafood Combos, the must-tries are the Chicken Combos. They come in other spicy or mild version, along with signature sides of Cajun Fries, Mash Potatoes, Cole Slaw or Red Beans & Rice.
The 3-piece chicken combo with a biscuit, side and drink is $8.90. Add another side, and it will be more than 10 bucks. The country’s inflation has certainly hit a new high.
Unlike some other places with supremely oily or flakey chicken skin, Popeyes had crisp, firm and crunchy exterior that can give a ‘cracking’ sound on first bite. The meal was so-so without the succulent and freshness I expected. I tried my friend’s mild version, and there really wasn’t much difference with my spicy chicken. But yes, it still taste better than ‘the other’ chicken.
The Mashed Potato ($1.80 on its own) has a rich potato taste with bits of spices and potato pieces, and not overly blended and synthetic.
As for the other highlight- the Biscuit, it is similar to a cold and tasteless scone which needs more buttlemilk and jam for a richer flavour. A pity.
The Good To Know
The chain was initially named after detective Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle in the movie The French Connection, and NOT Popeye the Sailorman.
Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, 65 Airport Boulevard, Basement Level 2 South, #B2-LF1 Changi Airport T3, Singapore
Opening Hours: 9am – 2am Daily