What’s so special about Korean fried chicken? It’s in the double (or sometimes triple!) frying for maximum crunch and minimum grease intake, long hours of soaking in flavourful marinates and delightful glazes. Mm-mmm. Read on and then gather your friends for a fried chicken night out!
1. Twins Korean Restaurant
This is one of those places where crispy fried chicken stay crispy even if you’ve left them on the table for a while. The restaurant is named as such because it’s run by two (good-looking) twins from Korea.
The top choice here is the juicy Soy and Garlic Chicken Wings ($18) with its flavoursome meat and complementary sweet honey sauce drizzled on the outside. Only fresh chicken is used and they are purchased on a daily basis. Walk in during peak hours and you’ll find mostly Koreans filling up this restaurant – a good sign that the food is not going to disappoint!
Address: 7 Craig Rd, Singapore 089667 | Facebook
2. Jinjja Chicken
This trendy fast food restaurant serves a good variety of Korean nosh (including dessert!), on top of their crispy chicken superstars. Plus, everything’s really affordable. Jinjja sources many of their ingredients directly from Korea to produce the most authentic dishes possible.
There are three marinates for the chicken. Yangnyeom and Soy Garlic (from $7.90) – that savoury deliciousness mixing with the crispy batter and juices flowing out of a hot drumstick is just out of this world. Spice masters can go for the Monster flavour for a big kick to your taste buds. Splash out an extra $1 for the cheese sauce. Trust us, it’s so worth it.
Address: 249 Victoria St, Singapore 188034 | Website
3. Oppa chicken
A famous South Korea fried chicken chain that made its way to our shores and into the heartlands, with one outlet in Ang Mo Kio and one in Jalan Bukit Merah.
A huge winner is their signature Honey Garlic chicken – crispy wings and drumlets coated in a honey caramel glaze sauteed with garlic (from $15.90). The sweet and garlicky flavour, together with a crisp exterior and juicy, tender insides makes them so easy to polish off.
Other options include the Original, Flaming Yangnyum, Yangnyum and Soy Garlic.
Address: 721 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, Singapore 560721 & 600 Toa Payoh Lorong 4, #01-05, 319515 | Website
4. Choo Choo Chicken
Choo Choo Chicken’s wings and drumlets are top of the list for the crisp factor that lasts – you’ll still enjoy that satisfying crunch even if you and your mates are having a long chat between bites. Not that you would be leaving these juicy goodies on the table for that long anyway.
Choose from 6 flavours: Crispy, Soy, Sweet, Spicy, Garlic and Honey Soy in various serving sizes like 8 Pieces ($18), Half Chicken ($19), Whole Chicken ($37), Chicken Ball ($11) and more. The Soy and Spicy flavours are easy winners with their addictive, savoury taste.
Address: 7 Grange Road, Singapore 239695 | Website
5. Chicken Up
This place is definitely not a hidden find – its reputation for having lip-smacking Korean fried chicken in Singapore was established shortly after they opened in 2010. The secret? Double-fried chicken wings and drumlets that have been marinating for 12 hours. Can you imagine the flavour explosion?
If you like your classics, order the Spicy Up Chicken (from $18) which has no sauce coating – just a golden, crispy batter. Those who like the marinated stuff should hit up the Yangnyum chicken (from $22) with its sweet-salty flavour – don’t worry it only looks more fiery than it really is.
Address: Various places around Singapore | Website
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