The mala trend is still going on strong as Chir Chir has introduced Mala Korean Fried Chicken that could leave some tongue-tingling and chimaek cravings satisfied.
The mala mania has hit Korea since early last year, starting with malatang and has diversified to other Korean dishes. (On that note, also check out Nipong Naepong’s Mala Pong in soup and dry versions if you are a mala fan.)
Korean fried chicken specialist Chir Chir currently has three outlets in Singapore – 313@somerset, Bugis Junction, and JEM.
Some of their favourites include the Signature Fried Chicken available in Crispy, Garlicky, Curry and Spicy; Nest Snow which features Cajun chicken tenders stacked with melted cheese and whipped cream; and Honey Butter Chicken made with boneless fried chicken mixed with Chir Chir’s proprietary honey butter seasoning and sauce.
To keep up with the trends, the chain has introduced four brand-new chicken dishes to tantalise your tongue-buds, including Mala Chicken, Nacho Chicken, Cream Onion Chicken, and Yu-Ling Chicken. Here’s more:
Mala Chicken ($25.90)
The dish contains chunky pieces of deep-fried chicken tenders wok-fried in a tongue-tingling mala sauce included with Szechuan peppercorn and dried chilli peppers.
Then served with sliced onions and creamy onion dipping sauce.
Perhaps the rendition could even remind you of the popular Szechuan dish of La Zi Ji, except that this comprises of bigger pieces of juicy chicken.
If you are the type who has ”wei la” (little spiciness) for your mala dishes, then this should be up your alley.
The house-made mala sauce has just that slight spiciness but would still create a delicate numbness as you slowly chew the pieces.
With that said, the fiery feeling only kicks in towards the end, so stand-by a glass drink like the cooling Blueberry Sparkling.
Nacho Chicken ($25.90)
This Chir Chir’s Tex-Mex fried chicken tenders and corn tortilla chips topped with chicken chilli cheese sauce, turned out the dish we swept clean.
The chicken pieces are coated with this special cheese powder that has an addictive-sweetish tinge. As you reach out to have more and more, it feels as though you are having ‘cinema food’ of Doritos. Unstoppable.
There was also this awesome crust on the outside, likely to be a kids’ favourite. (If only they had a chicken skin version.)
Cream Onion Chicken ($25.90)
Juicy fried chicken tenders marinated with Chir Chir’s secret seasoning, then topped with sweet slivers of onion and served with creamy onion dipping sauce.
Of all the new dishes introduced, this was the ‘safest’ choice and would please those who love the sour-cream type of seasoning loaded with a mountain of sweet onions.
Yu-Ling Chicken ($23.90)
Wait, what is Yu-Ling Chicken?
Apparently, this is derived from the dish of “You Lin Ji” (油淋鸡) which has a special way of deep-frying the chicken such that the meat retains both crisp and juicy at the same time.
The Chinese dish has gotten popular in Korea, typically topped with chopped scallions with a sweet-vinegary sauce.
The Chir Chir rendition of the Yu-Ling Chicken uses a onion salsa sauce that retains the essence of being sweet, sour and slightly spicy, poured over on tasty deep-fried chicken cutlet.
Served with sliced onions and salad further drizzled with Chir Chir’s hot bacon dressing.
With this as a background, this did remind me of sweet and sour chicken, except that the sauce was on the lighter side. And yes, the chicken retained its crispiness on the side, while the meat was both chunky and moist.
Other than Fried Chicken and Roast Chicken, Chir Chir also offers other side such as Spicy Topokki ($15.90), Spicy Seafood Soup ($26.90), Chir Cheese Fries ($9.90), Topokki & Cheese ($9.90) and Mac & Cheese ($9.90 for single portion, $16.90 for double portion).
Seafood Mac & Cheese ($11.90 for single portion, $18.90 for double portion)
An Asian twist on an American favourite, this ‘Korean’ Macaroni and Cheese is a hot pan containing crabstick, ham, mozzarella, cheddar and cheese sauce.
Not as heavy and rich, and pretty manageable for sharing.
Honey Grape Salad ($16.90)
If you feel like you indulged in too much fried chicken, cleanse your taste buds with the Mango Salad ($12.90), Cajun Chicken Salad ($13.90), or Honey Grape Salad ($16.90).
The Honey Grape Salad is a fruity mix of generous servings of seedless cut chilled grapes, mixed nuts, ricotta and honey. The combination of grapes and ricotta may sound unusual, but delicious and refreshing. Imagine you are having a cheese platter.
Chir Chir – Bugis Junction
#02-50 Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street Singapore 188021
Tel: +65 251 0598
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Last orders 9.30pm (Sun – Thu)
11am – 11pm Last orders 10.30pm (Fri – Sat)
Chir Chir – 313@somerset
#B3-04/05/06 313@somerset, 313 Orchard Road Singapore 238895
Tel: +65 6509 8364
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Last orders at 9.30pm (Sun – Thu)
11am – 11pm Last orders 10.30pm (Fri – Sat)
Chir Chir – JEM
#04-13/14 JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road Singapore 608549
Tel: +65 6262 6171
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm Last orders at 9pm (Sun – Thu)
11am – 10pm Last orders 9.30pm (Fri – Sat)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Chir Chir.