It is not only SMTOWN that has come to Singapore, one of Korea’s most popular fried chicken specialist NeNe Chicken has also arrived at The Star Vista. The name ‘NeNe’ shouldn’t be difficult to remember, and simply means “Yes! Yes!” in Korean.
I overheard the first lady at the fast food counter who exclaimed, “I waited for you to come for so long!” I didn’t think she was referring to the service staff. Founded in 1999, there are more than 1,000 NeNe Chicken outlets in Korea and this branch at The Star Vista marks its first international outlet. Singapore is first in another area again. (Read: The Star Vista’s Complete Food & Restaurant Guide )
For first timers, the menu can be quite confusing. Cut long story short, there are four basic flavours of Black Sesame Tender, Green Onion Tender, Swicy (sweet and spicy), and Freaking Hot. (Read: Korean Bonchon Chicken at Bugis+)
Let’s start with the milder ones. The Green Onion Tender Super Meal ($13.90) which includes buffalo sticks (fries lah), pickled radish and drink is somewhat (I only say somewhat) like your Tori Karaage chicken chunks topped with a soy and mustard sauce, and loads of freshly shredded green.
My recommendation is the Swicy chicken, which comes in a set of 2 pieces ($8.90) or 9 piece whole chicken ($25.90). You know what, just buy the whole box home and munch on them while watching your favourite Korean drama, Runningman or Gangnam style MTV x 100 times. So shiok you know.
The chicken is surprisingly not oily, even though we are provided with plastic gloves. Just lick the sauce off your fingers if you are at home. Even though we left it the chicken out for some time (need to take photos mah), the batter remains crisp, and the meat succulent.
For the fearless and dare-dare-must-try (yes, you who have tried the Level 10-20 buffalo wings), go for their Freaking Hot Chicken ($25.90 for 9 pieces). On my first bite, I thought to myself “Nothing lah, not really spicy”. It was after you finished then you realized that the hot chili pepper sauce gets on you, with a fiery sensation that tells you “I must have more”.
The 17-seater fast food outlet is very small though, which also means that takeaways may be a better option. And oh, kids may love to order the Korean version of the popcorn chicken with a drink below. Guess what it is called? NeNePop! I know what you are thinking.
NeNe Chicken Singapore
1 Vista Green Exchange, Star Vista #01-24, Singapore 138617 (Buona Vista MRT), Tel: + 6694 5489
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily