Korean Fried Chicken, otherwise known as KFC, deserves a class and category of its own. By double frying and removing the fat from the skin, the Koreans have developed a crunchy, non-greasy deep fried chicken, mostly dipped in sauces from sweetish garlic soy, spicy pepper to bulgolgi.

Singaporeans not knowing where to have a decent Korean meal just need to go to Tanjong Pagar and throw a stone to select your restaurant.

These are 5 personal Best Korean Fried Chicken where you can safely invest your calories for satisfying flavourful pleasures.

Chicken Up
48 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088469 Tel: +65 6327 1203 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hour: 5:30pm – 2:00am (Mon-Sun)
Branch at Century Square

Chicken Up’s Spicy Up ($18.00 for 4 pieces, $34.00 for 8 pieces) is up and up expensive! It has regularly been known “The Best Korean Fried Chicken In Singapore” (Straits Time’s Hsueh chose it in a blind-taste). The batter is crispy with a ccccrunch, and the cccchomp down the drumstick reveals juicy and moist meat which reminds me of the old old incarnation of KFC of my childhood days. Not spicy enough though, and I did wonder if it would legitimately be the best.

Then I had the Soya Chicken ($12 for 4 pieces), wings coated with Korean soy sauce, and I am confident enough to declare this the champion. If you are vengeful towards chicken, a fried chicken BUFFET is available for dinner at $25+.

Bonchon Chicken 본촌치킨
201 Victoria Street, #01-11 Bugis+ (former Illuma, opposite Bugis MRT), Singapore 188067, Tel: +65 6884 4768
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 11:0pm

Bonchon Chicken is deep fried twice – so the skin becomes crunchier and the meat less greasy when compared to the usual American fast food fried chicken. It feels kind of pricy though. A medium combo of 6 wings, 2 drumsticks with one side is $15.90, and I am only saying it because the pieces are quite small.

The skin comes off in pieces, with the sauces nicely enveloping it. The meat not quite like the usual, is tasty and not too oily. Plus point, it doesn’t leave much of a stain on your fingers even if you use your hands. Its service is said to be quite haphazard though. (Read: Bonchon Chicken (Bugis+))

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken
Ion Orchard B4 (Orchard MRT)
Branches at Plaza Singapura (Dhoby Ghaut MRT), Westgate, Changi Airport Terminal 3
Opening Hours:10:00am – 10:30pm Daily

4 Fingers is easily the most popular Korean Fried Chicken brand among the youths. I USED to understand why, but the chicken has somewhat become dryer and dryer everytime I go. And quality is NOT consistent.

Its speciality is the 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken Wings and Drummettes (6 pieces for $9.95) coming in flavours of soy garlic, spicy or mixed. Seriously speaking, the seasoning is very tasty and you would want to slowly lick the sauces off the skin. The chicken though, felt like they went for an extended sun-tan session, and were dry and shrivelled. If you want moist and piping hot, then order the Chicken Drumsticks (3 pieces for $10.95). (Read: 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken (Plaza Singapura))

NeNe Chicken Singapore
1 Vista Green Exchange, Star Vista #01-24, Singapore 138617 (Buona Vista MRT), Tel: +65 6694 5489
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily

Branches at Scape, Bedok Mall, Parkway Parade Food Republic, Seletar Mall, Eastpoint, One KM Mall, Hougang Mall

NeNe Chicken used to be my favourite, until its quality took a rather huge dip, especially after it fast expanded. My friends say ‘half-half’. Sometimes I like it, sometimes it is so-so and cold. It is like taking a ne-ne gamble.

My recommendation is the Swicy chicken, which comes in a set of 2 pieces ($8.90) or 9 piece whole chicken ($25.90). At least 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, the batter remains crisp, and the meat succulent. (Read: NeNe Chicken (The Star Vista))

Kko Kko Nara 꼬꼬나라
68 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088489 (Note: They moved from Tras Street)
Tel: +65 6224 7901
Opening Hours: 11am – 5pm, 5pm to 4am Daily

Unlike the previous 4 where the focus is fried chicken, Kko Kko Nara is a typical Korean restaurant with the usual Korean fare, which happens to be very known for their Korean Fried Chicken.

For those who love variety, get the Combo Chicken Set ($20 during lunch, $25 during dinner) which has 9 pieces with 3 different favours – original, sweet and special garlic soy sauce chicken. (My order was lost in translation with their staff though, who looks keener to watch her Korean MTVs.)

The original was good enough, sweet was sticky and like sweet and sour chicken with too much sauce, and the garlic chicken evenly marinated and tasty. Overall, the chicken meat was strangely colder than it should be. Maybe it’s the aircon.

Woori Nara Korean Restaurant
19 Lorong Kilat #01-02 Tel: +65 6464 9282
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 12 Midnight (Mon to Sat), 5pm – 12 Midnight (Sun)

The Number 6. The one that many Korean Fried Chicken fans talked about… Woori Nara. After venturing all the way to Lorong Kilat, the Sample Boneless Fried Chicken. ($20) with its Yum Yum, Soya Garlic and Original was decent but disappointing as we went with a certain level of expectation.

Somewhat like over-sized chicken karaage, there was little sense of satisfaction. We want juicy meat!

This list will be updated in April 2015. I have found time to revisit all these shops for a few times, and new competitors have surfaced that have proven their worth.

Which is your personal favourite Korean Fried Chicken in Singapore? Is it crispy, flavoursome and moist?

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  1. Chicken and Bon Chon and 4 Fingers are proliferating the Philippine market. The others, I have yet to discover. Hopefully when I return to your country, I would be able to taste the other fried chicken in your list.

  2. I like my chicken spicy so i tried the spicy ones at these places. My fav is kko kko nara although there is some really strange korean herb in it that gives it a funny taste, I still like it the most. Nene is hands down the spiciest but i dont like the flaky skin im used to having for korean chicken. Chicken up standard is similar to kko kko nara but price way more expensive.

    bon chon / 4 fingers to me standard dropped like crazy from when it first opened. Have been wanting to try Woori Nara but yay don't have to make the trip anymore after reading this haha.

  3. Hi Seng Beo, haha, I knew some people would ask that. As with all "Best 5, Best 10" entries, these are really personal best, very subjective at the end of the day. Usually, I will research (or do a facebook poll) for what the commonly Best 8-12 are, try them, and narrow them down. If I missed any, do share. 🙂

  4. Kko Kko Nara's was quite mixed, some were good, some not so. I think 4 Fingers and Nene suffer from inconsistency, but they have their fans. Before you shut Woori Nara out, I know many fans swear by their chicken as "the best". Never try, never know. 🙂

  5. New place at 33 Bali Lane – Choo Choo Chicken! i like their kfc and also the cham chi burger. it is rice patties with kimchi and tuna fillings. the kimchi and tuna are mixed together in a special sauce and packed into the seaweed mixed rice patties. really yummy and good size portion to share among friends.

  6. Just tried Chicken Up and was very disappointed. Crispy up was crispy but oily. Yangnyum and Soya was forgettable. Chicken meat was kinda dry as well. The nicest item on the buffet menu was probably the truffle fries. It also took a total of two hours for our order of like 6 pieces of chicken, 2 andong stew, 2 truffles fries, 1 small bowl of kimchi rice and 2 servings of popcorn chicken to arrive.

  7. I have tried a lot but maybe not yet all of KFC in Singapore. My current favourite is Oven and Fried Chicken @ Telok Ayer. Different from other cooking style, they bake the chicken like what Kentucky Fried Chicken(KFC) does to keep its moisture and tenderness. It has the best YangNyum Chicken I’ve ever tried being compared to Kko Kko Nara, Chicken up and others. It’s definitely worth a try!

  8. Their kimchi fries is very tasty. Have tried their bingsu also and the best variant is the melon bingsu. Their Andong stew is still the best for me! We always go here after office. Watermelon soju used to be our favorite but not until pineapple soju arrive.

  9. Chicken Up is the best. Freshly prepared everyday. My favorite for now is their soya chicken. My additional favorite is Melon bingsu and their yangpa bomb.highly recommended! Worth my time in queueing:)

  10. Chicken up is the best. Great chicken, very crispy and meat was so tender. lovely melon bingsoo dessert. It is the Best Korean chicken I have tried. ThumbUp!

  11. Honestly, all are good! But the best chicken I’ve tried goes to chicken up! The yangnyum chicken is super yummilicious n the spicy up ,always the best!
    Good job chicken up!

  12. For me the Chicken Up is the best in serving korean chicken recipe I’ve ever tasted so far in Singapore. I love also their yummy and fresh Melon Bingsu. A must try!!! Deserves two thumbs up : )

  13. I have tried KFC but it is too fancy because, of course, it is a fastfood. Kko Narra is just ok but i do not like their watermelon soju. I like ChickenUp more and my tried there around 2x for a company dine out. I love their soya and andong chicken. simply the best highly recommended.

  14. 2 wings is really good. have tried them 3x but i love chickenup more. been to chicken up for 5x times after they opened their Tampines branch. We often spend company lunch out there and my boss doesn’t miss ordering their watermelon soju (yeah, soju on broad daylight). i love their yangnyum very much though. I am soon planning to bring my relatives when they go to singapore for a short holiday.

  15. NeNe chicken used to be my favorite. Kko Kko Nara is not my type. My current topnotcher is Chicken Up because they serve fresh, well marinated chicken everyday plus the fact that they’ve got the best melon bingsu in town. My friends said their watermelon soju is a must-try but I dont dring alcohols though.

  16. A friend gave me 4 chicken up soya wings voucher from Qoo10. Since it was free, I brought soke friends with me to use all the vouchers. Surprisingly, we fell in love with their soya wings. The taste is awesome. That day, we ended up ordering Yangnyum, seafood pancake and pineapple soju. We love to try the melon bingsu too but it is currently available only at their tampines branch.

  17. I have tried Woori Nara. The taste was nice. I also have tried Nene too and it was better. But my favorite for the time being is Chicken Up. A friend who is too loving gave me 2 chicken wings vouchers. Since I am working around Tampines, I had those for lunch all by myself. I haven’t tasted any chicken of that flavor before and it instantly became my favorite. I wouldn’t really mind paying it at its normal price:)

  18. Since Chicken Up invaded Tampines, it became my favorite fried chicken. Pricey but worth it. Queue is always very long though so we try to be there on an early lunch all the time. The number on my list is their soya chicken wings and melon bingsu!

  19. My original favorite is 4 fingers. But now, it went down to second position because i now have Chicken Up on my toplist. I super love their melon bingsu and their freshly cooked spicy and soya chicken. I am planning to bring my family here soon for a family day out bonding:)

  20. Chicken is my children’s favorite. and of all the specialty restaurant i brought them to, they loved ChickenUp’s yangnyum. Surprisingly, they love the kimchi fries too.

  21. This place called Momo chicken just opened in Old Airport Rd! #01-128. Think it can give these franchises a run for their money 🙂

  22. All is nice! But I always eat at chicken up because its my friends’ personal favorite. been there for almost every other week.

  23. I’ve recently tried a new Korean cafe & restaurant hidden somewhere at Yio Chu Kang road, beside ST Engineering near my work place. I believe a lot of people who have eaten their fried chicken would agree that theirs is a very unique taste, something you can’t get in Singapore…somehow made me kept going back there for it as well as their other dishes. Nevertheless I can daringly say that they are the only “Kpop” as in really Kpop cafe in Singapore. They call themselves NAYANA Kpop Cafe & Restaurant…not sure what it meant.


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