[Updated April 2015] Step aside 4 Fingers. And maybe step aside Chicken Up, Korean fried chicken store Choo Choo 츄츄 claims to serve “the best Korean fried chicken in town”. Serious? (Check out the 5 Best Korean Fried Chicken in Singapore.)
Choo Choo Chicken at Bali Lane (near Bugis and Arab Street) is a humble 24-seater shop that plays the usual Korean pop on a television screen at the back, with minimalistic black & white checked floor décor. You may just want walk past and miss.
Different Korean fried chicken fans had claimed that this shop opened by a Korean language teacher did offer the some of the best wings in Singapore.
Fried chicken were served with Original, Soy, Spicy or Sweet marinade, in the form of Whole Chicken ($29.90), Crispy Wings ($16/$29), or 8-Piece Wings ($16).
There is a reason why casual restaurants 4 Fingers is more popular than all the rest – they at least serve chicken in individual portions.
Who goes in to order a minimum of 8-pieces? We like to feel guilt-less. Fortunately, there are lunch sets available ($7.90 – $8.90) with rice sans drinks.
Woh! The Spicy Crispy Pieces I had were 맛있는 delicious, with the sauce evenly enveloping the crunchy batter (and it is sweet and not overly spicy), and the meat simply juicy without many bones. The batter still remains crisp after minutes. Very awesome.
The Original Ones were not so spectacular because I would have enjoyed more chomp in the batter, but still good. Even though I was given breast meat (a part I didn’t fancy because it’s usually dry), Choo Choo’s version stayed tender.
The friendly Korean staff’s other recommendation was the CC Burger ($6.90). Between the spam and the cham chi (kimchi with tuna), the spam layered with light mayonnaise wins hands down. Skip the sweet rice cake Dokboki ($4) though.
So is this the best Korean chicken wings in Singapore? I went back for another try and I think yes leh – it’s a close tie between Choo Choo and Chicken Up. Each has its merits.
Choo Choo Chicken 츄츄
33 Bali Lane (near Arab Street, adjacent to Haji Lane, at the side road nearest Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 62990980
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11:00pm