You may be suffering from withdrawal of some sorts, after Korean hit drama “Crash Landing On You” played by Hyun Bin and Son Ye-Jin has come to an end. (Or you haven’t started yet??)
In the drama, South Korean heiress Yoon Se-ri (played by Son Ye-Jin) just loves their Korean Fried Chicken and can be seen delightfully crunching on them.
Yes, good endorsement from Genesis BBQ for its specialty Gold Olive Chicken. (Interestingly, this brand USED to be in Singapore – would they make a come back here?)
Perhaps it is time to jio some friends for some Korean Fried Chicken and talk about the drama and good-looking leads. Here are 10 Korean Fried Chicken Restaurants in Singapore you can head to:
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)
Other outlets at 313@somerset and JEM
The Korean Fried Chicken restaurant offers over 20 variations of fried and roasted chicken, using only fresh chicken, never frozen ones.
To ensure flavour consistency across all its outlets, all proprietary sauces and marinades are imported from Seoul.
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.
The Mala Chicken ($25.90) 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. Chir Chir (Bugis Junction)
Twins Korean Restaurant
7 Craig Rd Singapore 089667 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6221 5205
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 12am (Mon – Sat), 5pm – 11pm (Sun)
Twins Korean Restaurant is known for its array of Korean Fried Chicken, cooked up by a pair of handsome (because the word is always subjective) Korean twins and their team.
Only fresh chicken is used at Twins, not frozen chicken so that the dishes can retain their flavour and juiciness. Even all the coating sauces used are homemade as well.
This is for those who enjoy having different chicken parts, as half or whole chicken is used. The KFC offerings include Original Fried Chicken, Yangnyum Spicy (with very spicy option), Soy & Garlic, Cheese with Garlic Powder, and Boneless with home-made onion sauce.
If you are new to Twins, I would actually recommend trying out the Original Korean Fried Chicken ($18 for half, $36 for whole – 12 pieces) with home-made batter without the sauces, so that you can experience that crisp matched with moist, flavourful meat.
68 Orchard Road #B2-47 Plaza Singapura Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 9181 3038
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm Last Order 9.30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11:30am – 10:30pm Last Order 10pm (Fri – Sat, Eve PH, PH)
Hongdae Oppa Korean Dining House serves a broad selection of Urban K-Food including its signature Sizzlers (Bokkeumbap), Korean Fried Chicken, Hot Stone Jjigae, Tteokbokki, Ramyeon and side dishes.
Hongdae Oppa’s Chix ($10.90 for 4 pieces, $19.90 for 8 pieces, $36.90 for whole chicken of 16 pieces) features 100% fresh chicken, with each part marinated for 12 hours for maximum flavour.
You cannot go wrong with the Original, seasoning the chicken using an original recipe before deep-frying it to crunchy perfection.
What I liked was that the $10.90 portion was indeed quite sizable, with 4 pieces that are good for two to share. So even if you have ordered other dishes, I would recommend just getting some of the Korean Fried Chicken.
Get 1-for-1 Fried Chicken, Sizzlers, Tteokbokki, Ramyeon, Budae Jjigae (Army Stew) at Hongdae Oppa. Valid every weekday till 31 Mar 2020. T&C apply.
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Burger+ – Orchard Road
Wisma Atria Shopping Centre #01-37/38, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877
Tel: +65 6694 1226
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Sun – Thu), 8am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Burger+ – Clarke Quay Central
#01-07, Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817
Tel: +65 6909 5684
Opening Hours: 8am – 1am (Sun – Thu), 8am – 3am (Fri – Sat)
Perhaps you do not know Korean Burger place Burger+ also serves up Korean Fried Chicken. Using chicken that is always fresh, never frozen, this dish is available in Mix Parts, Drumsticks, or Wingettes & Drumettes.
What I liked is there are variable options, depending if you come dine as an individual or with a group. Drumsticks are priced at $10.80 for 3pcs, $19.80 for 6pcs, $29.80 for 9pcs; while Wingettes & Drumettes go at $9.20 for 6pcs, $17.20 for 12pcs, $24.80 for 18pcs.
Order the all-time favourite Honey Chicken ($15.80 for half, $28.20 for whole) , glazed with the candy sweet honey sauce, another B+ signature sauce.
The Yangnyeom Fried Chicken is another favourite – sweet, tangy and tingly. What I enjoyed was the stickiness of the sauce, that did remind me of the ones I had in Seoul. Burger+ (Clarke Quay Central)
I personally preferred the Wingettes & Drumettes which are more manageable to eat, and also better marinated on the inside.
10 Paya Lebar Quarter #01-37 Singapore 409057
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Popular Korean Fried Chicken brand Mom’s Touch Chicken and Burger has opened at Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ).
The brand is called “Mom’s Touch” because it is supposed to represent the way a mother prepares for a meal for her family.
The chicken is hand-battered, hand-breaded, and marinated with Mom’s Touch special blend of seasoning for a fuller, tender and juicier taste. No ajummas spotted at the Singapore store though.
The menu is divided into chicken and burgers, with fried chicken items including Mom’s Fried Chicken in Original or Spicy ($8.70 for 2 piece set, $11.70 for 3), Mom’s Spicy Sauce Chicken ($8.90 for 2 piece set, $12 for 3), Chicken Tenderloin ($7 for 3 piece set).
A bundle of 9 pieces is priced at $27, and 12 pieces for $35.80 for the Mom’s Fried Chicken.
The Original Mom’s Fried Chicken reminded me of some of the other familiar brands, except that this was much cruncher and crispy. Not greasy to the touch too. Slightly dry though. Mom’s Touch (Paya Lebar Quarter)
249 Victoria Street (Bugis Village), Singapore 188032 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Sun – Thu), 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
Other outlets at Northpoint City, Jewel Changi Airport, Clementi Mall, Changi Airport T2
Jinjja (which is a colloquial way of saying “really?” in Korean) is found at the front part of Bugis Village (right opposite Bugis Junction, near the bus stop).
With the operational and cooking techniques sourced from a famous (but shall remain unnamed) fried chicken shop in Korea, some of the flavours such as the seasoning of the food are adapted to suit the local palates.
The signature food is the Jinjja Chicken that would come in the form of wings or drumlets, in portions of half or whole. Sauces available are Soy Garlic, Yangnyeom (spicy and sweet) and Monster (numbing chilli).
Crispy on the outside with tender flesh on the inside, I enjoyed the flavourful and well-sauced Soy Garlic Chicken.
The wings were evenly coated with a layer of savoury sauce with a touch of sweetness, yet did not ‘steal’ away the crisp of the outer skin. Also, you would realise that the chicken parts were moist yet not fatty.
48 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088469 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6327 1203
Opening Hour: 5:30pm – 2am (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Chicken Up has been commonly known as “The Best Korean Fried Chicken In Singapore” (Straits Time’s Hsueh chose it in a blind-taste), and their expansion doesn’t stop.
Their Spicy Up Chicken has batter crispy with a ccccrunch.
Though my personal favourite is the Soya Chicken Wings coated with Korean soy sauce, matched with quite juicy and moist meat. If only their quality is consistent between branches.
Kko Kko Nara 꼬꼬나라
68 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088489
Tel: +65 6224 7901
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 3am (Mon – Sat), 6pm to 3am (Sun)
Unlike the other restaurants 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.
Interesting to know: The self-taught Korean owner used to rummage through rubbish bins of restaurants back home to find out what was used to make these fried chicken.
For those who love variety, get the Combo Chicken Set which has 9 pieces with 3 different favours – original, sweet and special garlic soy sauce chicken.
I liked the garlic chicken best, which was evenly marinated and tasty on the outside. Tried on various occasions, and didn’t seem consistent enough.
East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road #01-45 Singapore 487048
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Korean fried chicken of a different style. Smaller sized. The chicken Combo came in an individual friendly 6 pieces with fries set at $9.90. No GST or service charge.
When the chicken arrived, I thought they looked dry and small. Swiped them across the brown soy and garlic sauce, took a bit, thought, “Hmmm… so salty” and didn’t think much, initially.
Before I knew it, I kept repeating those actions, using those little drumlets to sweep across that sauce which I claimed to be salty just moments earlier.
There was a part of these chicken wings that were downright addictive. (HoHo Chimek (East Village))
4 Fingers Crispy Chicken
Ion Orchard B4, 2 Orchard Turn #B4-06A Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 10:30pm (Fri, Sat)
4 Fingers is easily the most popular Korean Fried Chicken brand among the youths.
Its specialty: the 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken Wings and Drummettes (6 pieces for $10.95 for combo) coming in flavours of soy garlic, spicy or mixed.
The seasoning was very tasty and you would want to slowly lick the sauces off the skin.
Note: quality between branches differ quite a bit so sometimes the chicken wings felt like they went for an extended sun-tan session, and were dry.
If you want something more moist and piping hot, then order the Chicken Drumsticks (3 pieces for $11.95 for combo).