Ah Tan Wings is now available for islandwide delivery via https://ahtanwings.oddle.me/en_SG.
A minimum order of $30 is required, while delivery is FREE.
Available items are its Basic Wing Meal ($3.80), Atas Wing Meal ($5.50), Half Cutlet Meal ($5.80), Almighty Cutlet Meal ($7.10), and ala carte Wing & Drumlet ($2.10).
Talk about the best “Har Cheong Gai” in Singapore, and it would probably be Ah Tan Wings which started from Yishun Park Hawker Centre, and has a newer outlet at Timbre+. (They closed their stall at Maxwell Food Centre.)
The owners Wee Yang and Yu Yan spent more than a year developing the Har Cheong Gai crust, trying over 800 variations of the recipe before finally arriving at this “special version”.
The chicken wings are marinated in a specially-developed paste for two days before getting coated in a batter.
They are then deep-fried to achieve that crispy netting-like crust which traps pockets of air to give the wings more crunch, volume and oomph.
Offering only Har Cheong Gai aka Prawn Paste Chicken on its menu ($1.80 for one, min order 2), there are 3 set meals available.
The popular choice will be Set A called “Wing Wing” ($5.20) served with rice, 2 shrimp paste wings and a sunny-side up.
For a bigger and more substantial meal, the Set B of “Atas Cutlet” ($6.80) comes with a Shrimp Paste cutlet instead of wings, served with rice and a sunny-side up.
The basic will be Set C ($3.50) served with rice and one shrimp paste wing.
Note that one Shrimp Paste Wing consists of one wing and one drumlet (ie. 2 pieces of Har Cheong Gai).
This is also available as an ala carte order at an additional $1.80, but with a minimum of 2 Shrimp Paste Wings per order.
The highlight is definitely the crispy, golden-brown and fragrant (some call it pungent) wings, said to be marinated for at least 2 days for the flavours to be absorbed entirely into the meat.
In addition, the wings are deep-fried twice, each time with a different batter to create a different texture.
A crispy layer is formed during the first fry whereas extra-crunchiness is added to the outer layer during the second fry.
I will prefer the wings to the drumlets as the latter were slightly too dry.
However, the smell from the Shrimp Paste Wings is not too overwhelming, yet the flavours are distinctive and satisfying.
Coupled with fragrant chicken rice coated with garlic and fried shallots and the usual Hainanese Chicken Rice chili with a spicy and tangy taste on its side for a complete and flavourful meal.
Ah Tan Wings – Yishun
Yishun Park Hawker Centre, #01-40, 51 Yishun Ave 11, Singapore 768867
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Ah Tan Wings – Timbre+
73 Ayer Rajah Crescent #01-30
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
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* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.