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.
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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