Singaporeans love their Korean Fried Chicken.

Other than those served in restaurants such as Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory and Twins Restaurant, Waker Chicken 와커치킨 has earned a reputation of serving authentic Korean Fried Chicken in the heartlands.

While there was an outlet at Blk Toa Payoh Lor 1, that outlet has been rebranded as Jade’s Chicken (옥’s Chicken).

This Waker Chicken I visited is located at Blk 40 Holland Drive, a kopitiam that managed to gather some well-known names such as Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice, King of Pao Fan, and Chef Wei HK Cheong Fun.

There are now two more Waker Chickens at Bedok (211 New Upper Changi Rd), and 347 Bukit Batok (opening 18 Feb 2022), though online reviews are not as positive for the Bedok outlet compared to the previous others. Consistency issues, I guess.

Waker Chicken is actually launched by two native Koreans living in Singapore – Noh Tae Woo and Kim Jinho, and is a brand owned by Kim’s uncle in Seoul.

They roped in Singaporean Muhammad Sharidan to offer Korean Fried Chicken at more affordable pricing.

This new Waker Chicken outlet will also be the first to officially undergo Muis’ Halal certification.

On the menu are four main flavour – Original Crispy ($13 for half, $25 for whole), Sweet Spicy ($14, $27), Soy Sauce ($14, $27), and Honey Butter ($15, $28). Half consist of 7 pieces, while whole has 14 served in a basket.

There are also tenders, fillets and sides such as wings and sweet potato fries offered.

Some people may still find the prices on the higher side considering a non air-conditioned coffee shop.

With that said, the stall uses larger chickens at 1.3kg – 1.4kg compared to the usual 700g – 900g smaller birds, which are seasoned and brined overnight to achieve more flavour-packed meat.

“Waker” actually represents “big” in Korean.

I was recommended the most popular Honey Butter ($15 for half, $28 for whole) which was fried about order (about a 20 minutes’ wait), and indeed crispy on the outside without being too oily, while the meat within was succulent and juicy.

The sweetish buttermilk powder was addictive, complemented well with the golden-crusted skin. If I needed to nit-pick, I wished the meat was more marinated with flavours.

On a separate occasion, I also had the Soy Sauce Chicken ($14 for half, $27 for whole) which I somehow found juicier and more finger-licking satisfying.

Waker Chicken – Holland
40 Holland Drive, Singapore 270040
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

Waker Chicken – Bedok
211 New Upper Changi Rd, #01-763, Singapore 460211
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

Waker Chicken – Bt Batok
347 Bukit Batok Street 34, Singapore 650347
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun) Opening 18 Feb 2022)

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Twins Restaurant (Craig Road)

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1 COMMENT

  1. I wondered if this is the same as waker chicken in toa payoh previously. Have tried the toa payoh one and it was really good but I just tried the ones from Holland V and it was quite disappointing

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