Korean Fried Chicken 치킨 is known for its crackly crust, succulent meat, which is brushed with various sauces such as soy garlic and spicy yangnyum.
From authentic Korean restaurants, imported Korean chains, to Korean-style fast-food joints, here are 14 places you can find KFC in Singapore:
Bugis Junction #02-50, 200 Victoria Street Singapore 188021
Tel: +65 6251 0598
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm, (Sun – Thu), 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
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.
Fried Chicken choices include Crispy Fried Chicken ($17.90 for half, $29.90 for whole), Spicy Yangnyeom, Garlicky Soy, K-urry, Spicy Chilli Soy, to the signature Rose Cheese Chiqueen.
What you can try is the Curry Fried Chicken ($17.90 for half, $31.90 for whole) in which fresh cuts of chicken are coated in Chir Chir’s signature crunchy batter and deep-fried. What follows is tossing the crunchy and juicy chunks of fried chicken in a liberal dose of curry powder.
This addictive powder enhances the overall flavour, with the outer later tasting sweet, salty and spicy. (Upon the first bite, I thought it reminded me of … Twisties, the curry flavoured packet.)
Though the chicken is not considered spicy at all, it still is quite tasty. Recommended for sharing for friends.
Read more at: Chir Chir (Bugis Junction)
Twins Korean Restaurant
7 Craig Rd Singapore 089667 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6221 5205
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (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.
Ahtti Korean Restaurant
2 Venture Drive, Vision Exchange, #02-43, Singapore 608526
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Ahtti 아띠식당 is a Korean casual restaurant specialising in Korean Fried Chicken located at Vision Exchange, Jurong Gateway.
They offer Original Fried Chicken ($19 for half, $34 for whole), Gan-Jang Salted Sweet, Yang-Nyeom Sweet & Spicy, Honey Butter, Cheese Butter, to even Chilli Padi.
Diners can choose from Boneless, Wings & Drumlettes, or Bone-in.
The Korean Fried Chicken came in a crispy, golden-brown batter, that retained its crisp (even after some time of photo-taking).
To be honest, this is the crispiest Korean Fried Chickens I had in Singapore for a long time. The pieces came wrapped with a light and crunchy batter, yet not as oily as it seemed.
Take a big bite into the tender yet juicy chicken meat, and you may produce ASMR-worthy crunching sound that is addictive and therapeutic to the ears.
Surprisingly, the batter managed to retain the moisture and tenderness of the meat even after deep frying, giving the piece a nice contrast to the crispy batter on the outside.
40 Holland Drive, Singapore 270040
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oven & Fried Chicken
16 Chun Tin Road Singapore 599603 (opposite Beauty World)
Tel: +65 6463 3505
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 12am (Mon – Sun)
Some introduction of the concept to let you have a clearer understanding of its menu: The Korean chicken bistro is made up of two separate brands: Okkudak and Ssal Dak.
Okkudak serves Roasted Chicken ($19 for half, $35 for half) which is first marinated then oven baked to retain its natural flavours; and sauced versions where the chicken is further stir-fried with spicy or Jambalaya sauces.
On the Ssal Dak side (which items we are more familiar with), the chicken is fried with 100% rice flour instead of wheat for a crispier texture.
Thus, you will see ‘Fried Rice Chicken’ ($20 for half, $37 for whole) on the menu.
With rice flour used to coat the chicken before frying, there seems to be a thicker and dry-crispy outer layer. Even when I used hands to eat it (no gloves given), the fingers and lips didn’t’ feel greasy at all.
201 Victoria Street, Bugis Plus #01-11, Singapore 188067
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Sun – Thu), 11am – 9:30pm (Fri – Sat)
Jinjja (which is a colloquial way of saying “really?” in Korean) is found at Bugis Plus and other malls including The Clementi Mall, Westgate, Northpoint City, Jewel Changi Airport.
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.
1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World #01-115, Singapore 237994
Tel: +65 8879 5898
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 9:30pm (Fri – Sun)
If you have watched the hit Korean Drama series “Business Proposal 사내 맞선”, you would not miss the Korean Fried Chicken store Goobne.
Goobne Chicken 굽네치킨 is one of the most popular oven-roasted chicken brands in Korea, and the brand was previously endorsed by Korean celebrity group EXO.
Not a single drop of oil added during the cooking process, and it is marketed as having less transfat, carbohydrates, sodium and calories.
After the chicken is roasted, there would supposedly be a crunchy outer layer with juicy meat.
The signature is the Goobne Original, coming in Wings ($13 for 8 pieces), Half ($17), Boneless ($25), and Whole ($30).
While I did not experience that “crunchiness”, this was good, well-marinated, moist, juicy chicken.
48 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088469 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6327 1203
Opening Hour: 5:30pm – 1:30am (Mon – Sun)
Chicken Up was previous known as “The Best Korean Fried Chicken In Singapore” after The Straits Time’s Hsueh chose it to be her tops in a blind-taste.
Available are Half Chicken or Chicken Wings in Soya Ganjang, Spicy Yangnyum, or Yangnum sauces.
Their secret accordingly is treated the marinating process for more than 12 hours using an original recipe, with the chicken pieces then deep-fried to perfection to seal in all the spices with a burst of delectable flavour.
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 – 1am (Mon – 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.
The Fried Chicken comes in Original ($20 for half, $35 for whole of 16 pcs), to sauced ones including Soy Garlic, Yangyum (sweet and spicy), Spicy Garlic, Cheese Sprinkle, to Honey Shiock.
For those who love variety, get the Combo Chicken Set ($25, $45) 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.
O Chicken & Beer
52 Boat Quay Singapore 049841 (Raffles Place MRT)
Tel: +65 6532 6088
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 5pm – 11pm (Sat), Closed Un
Perhaps you do not know there is this Korean Fried Chicken restaurant along Boat Quay.
Korean fried chicken varieties served here include the Original Fried Chicken ($19.80 for half, $34.80 for whole), Boneless Fried Chicken, Soy Sauce Fried Chicken, Carbonara Chicken, and spicy Yang Nyum Chicken.
Noted that there were more than the usual boneless chicken options, and I ended up ordering a Soy Sauce Fried Chicken which only had a boneless version indicated.
The chicken was great – crispy while partly juicy on the inside, adequately covered with addictive-sweet soy sauce but not overly drenched such that it would become soggy.
Couldn’t really majorly fault this, though I wished for bigger pieces.
4 Fingers Crispy Chicken
Orchardgateway #01-04/05, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
4 Fingers is one the most popular Korean Fried Chicken fast-food style brand among the youths here.
What makes 4FINGERS popular is its use of fresh local chicken, natural herbs and spice, and none of the artificial flavourings or additives.
Its specialty: the 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken Wings and Drummettes coming in flavours of soy garlic, spicy or mixed.
Fresh chicken is cooked to render out the fat to create a crackly skin, then hand-brushed with a house-made sauce to coat the skin for maximum flavour.
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.
Woorinara Korean Restaurant
19 Lorong Kilat #01-02 Singapore 598120
Tel: +65 6464 9282
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
The one that many Korean Fried Chicken fans talked, located at Lorong Kilat (near Bukit Timah).
There is a huge variety of styles offered, from Fried Chicken, Cheese Fried Chicken, Soy Chicken, to more unconventional Cheese Yum Yum Chicken, Yum Yum Garlic Chicken, and Cheese Yum Yum Garlic Chicken. (Yum Yum refers to chilli here.)
The chicken pieces are twice fried to create that extra crispy skin, then tossed in a sauce of choice.
NeNe Chicken Singapore
311 New Upper Changi Road #02-02 Bedok Mall, Singapore 467360
Tel: +65 6702 4008
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Wed), 11am – 10:30pm (Thurs – Sun)
The name “NeNe” shouldn’t be difficult to remember, and simply means “Yes! Yes! in Korean.
The fried chicken here is Halal-certified, fried to golden brown and coated with a variety of sauces. There are dips of Swicy (sweet and spicy), Freaking Hot, Soy, Honey Mustard, Green Onion, Cheese, and Garlic.
Their secret is through the batter-dip process where oil does not seep into the chicken meat, hence keeping the meat juicy and the batter crispier.
For individual diners, there are 2-piece Chicken Meals (starting from $8); while sharing sets of Whole Chicken and Tenders are available.
Bonchon Chicken 본촌치킨
435 Orchard Road, #01-37/38, Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Bonchon Chicken seems to be enjoying greater fame overseas than our Singapore unit.
Their chicken is deep fried twice – so the skin becomes crunchier and the meat less greasy when compared to the usual American fast food fried chicken. It feels kind of pricey though.
Diners can get a Original Recipe Chicken ($17 for small, $33 for large), Spicy Sauce, Soy Garlic, or Half & Half.
The spicy sauce is made of red chilli peppers dried and grounded into sweet and smoky gochugaru.
The skin came off in pieces, with the sauces nicely enveloping it, though the batter and meat somehow wasn’t exceptional – could be juicier and crunchier.
Plus point, the chicken didn’t leave too much of that greasy stains on your fingers even if we used hands directly.