Korean fried chicken fun fact: it’s often had as an after-meal snack in Korea. They sure know how to treat themselves right!
Portions are huge at this Korean fried chicken restaurant chain, so never dine alone at this eatery.
Flavours are many, but our recommendations is Honey Butter Chicken ($28.90), crispy battered chicken smothered in honey butter glaze, served alongside dried cranberries, almond flakes, potato wedges and fried toppoki (rice cakae), with a honey garlic mayo dip.
The best seller here are its ganjang soya chicken wings ($12 for four). And it’s no wonder. The wings come with a lightly coated batter so the proportion between the crispy skin and the tender flesh is just right.
Evenly coated with Korean soya sauce, the wings are moists with a sweet and savoury flavour that oyu can’t have enough of.
Psst, some outlets are open to as late 3am so… what diet?
If you love your Korean fried chicken sauce-free, go for the ones at SSikSin Chicken.
The batter used here in its Original Chicken Wings ($6.50 for three) is quite thick, but you can still taste the meat. There’s also a hint of spiciness in the seasoning, a satiating kick emerging from each flavourful bite.
#02-04/06, Serangoon NEX, 23 Serangoon Central
Things are kept light-hearted and fun in this hole-in-the-wall chicken joint that boosts interiors decked out in bright neon lights and industrial style furniture.
For those up for an extra spicy kick, there’s Flaming Yangnyum ($13.90 for six) that, while spicy, leaves a sweet and tangy aftertaste so you can’t help but want more.
The popular choice however is the Honey Garlic ($15.90 for six) where the fried chicken is topped with finely chopped garlic and honey sauce.
274 South Bridge Road
This hot spot for supper — it’s open till 3am — serves the usualy Korean fare but, they are also known for their Korean fried chicken.
While the wings here are scrawnier than those we’ve had at other places, they are still delicious.
For those who love a bit of everything, go for their Chicken Combo Set ($25 for nine), which features three flavours: original, sweet (chicken is marinated in sweet and spicy sauce) and the garlic (chicken is marinated in a garlic and soy sauce combinations).
68 Tanjong Pagar Road
The generous sprinkling of sesame seeds add a crunch to the already crispy fried chicken ($7.90 for six wings and $8.90 for three drumsticks). Even the ones slathered in sauces retain their crustiness.
For the undaunted, they’ve recently introduced a new flavour, the fiery Monster, which makes their Yangnyoem (sweet and spicy sauce) seem tame.
249 Victoria Street
The Korean casual eastery is surprisingly underrated, given its affordable price point for quality food.
Their Soy Garlic Korean Fried Chicken Wings ($9.90 for six) are for the win. While the chicken meat itself is nothing to rave about, the sauce was one of the best ones we had. Salty, with just a hint of sweetness and oh-so-addictive.
#01-45, 430 Upper Changi Road
While the eatery specialises in jeongol (Korean stew served in hot pot), Guksu also has a decent offering of friend chicken.
Their chicken, particularly their drumsticks, is succulent and tender on the inside despite their robust exterior.
The Guksu Signature Drumsticks ($11.50 for three) is available in three flavours: classic (original), spicy (Korean spicy sauce) and soya (Korean soya sauce).
#02-385 Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard
This Korean fried chicken joint is perhaps known more for having a pair of good-looking Korean twin owners.
But the food is really good and the fried chicken even better — go for the bite-sized Original Fried Chicken Wings ($10 for five), or the Soy & Garlic ($10 for five) for even more flavour.
7 Craig Road
The chicken at Nene Chicken is just a bit dry, particularly for the tenders.
But as if to compensate for it, they come with generous servings of sauce. They swicy sauce (sweet and spicy sauce) is thick and more sweet than spicy, but pairs really well with the chicken tenders ($8.90 for six).
For something more interesting, opt for the Bulgogi ($24.90 for 18) chicken wings and drumsticks, where the chicken is fried with bulgogi sauce, which is sticky, sweet and salty all at once.
This Korean fried chicken fast food chain attracted snaking queues — you’d be waiting for an hour or more — when it first opened, and surely that says a lot about their food.
Their popular Wingettes & Drumettes ($8.45 for six) come swathed in either a hot sauce or a soy garlic sauce. Be warned: the former can be a twinge too fiery if you can’t take spice!
Call it gimmicky all you want, but the fried chicken served at the Chicken Clinic is pretty high on the awesome scale.
The fried chicken, in keeping with the clinical theme, is served in a surgical tray and syringe filled with chilli sauce. We love the chicken Nanban ($18.50), boneless chicken chunks with pickled jalapenos and glazed in spicy soy sauce.
#01-13 Thomson V Two, 11 Sin Ming
Text: Ho Pei Ying/Simply Her