That satisfying crunch from tearing into a hot piece of fried chicken is the stuff of dreams. It’s like downing a good beer after a month of sobriety, or securing the last pint of ice cream at your favourite parlour. From vibrant Korean joints for sauce-slathered wings to bars that pair the stuff with good tipples, here are 15 places in Singapore for getting your fried chicken fix.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Previously called The Bird, the brainchild of restaurateur John Kunkel has retaken its Yardbird name to bring you the famously tender chicken that’s been brined for 27 hours and fried with a super secret blend of spices. We also like that they serve watermelon (Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles, $40), which, you know, help you wolf down more fried chicken. Read our review here.
Yardbird Southern Table and Bar is located at #B1-07/#L1-82 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972, p. +65 6688 9959. Open 11am – 11pm daily.
Chix Hot Chicken
Like your chickens hot? It doesn’t get much spicier than the Nashville-style birds (from $9.90) from Chix Hot Chicken – it’s even there in the name. Marinated in buttermilk and doused with a heavy sprinkling of the world’s spiciest peppers, enjoy them on their own or with buns and pickles on the side. We say start with the original buttermilk fried chicken first, or you won’t be able to taste anything later.
Chix Hot Chicken is located at 1 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199069. Open Mon-Sat 12pm – 9pm. Closed Sun.
Japanese fried chicken is what it’s all about at Kindori, where fresh kampong chicken (known for their more flavourful meat) is transformed into crispy golden gems. Massaged with Japanese yoghurt, herbs, and spices, get the birds whole, half, or as a basket of wings from $9 – to be dipped with wasabi cream, mentaiko mayo, and a special something called ‘magic ikura cream’.
Kindori is located at #01-11/12 (Rengaya), CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996. Mon-Sat 6pm – 11pm, Sun 5.30pm – 10.30pm.
The fried chicken at Two Wings is the result of a 40-year-old secret recipe that’s been passed down or two generations, which includes massaging the wings every morning to remove excess marinade. That, and a premium sesame oil make for a two hit combo of non-greasy crispiness even after several hours. Try the Tri-Flavour Platter at $67.90 for a whopping 50 pieces!
Two Wings is located at Timbre+ #01-30, 73 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139952, p. +65 9667 0368. Open Mon-Thu 11am – 10pm, Fri-Sat 11am – 11pm. Closed Sun.
Kko Kko Na Ra
With two locations – one in the CBD in Tanjong Pagar and another in Bugis – Kko Kko Na Ra’s Korean fried chicken is available in a number of flavours, from sweet and spicy to citron sauce with sliced scallions. Settle in for an evening with friends to share the combo platter ($25 for nine pieces) and toast to a licking good time.
Kko Kko Na Ra is located at 68 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088489, p. +65 6224 8186 and 48 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198899, p. +65 6391 9717. Open Mon-Sat 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 3am, Sun 6pm – 1am (Tanjong Pagar) and daily 11am – 11pm (Kandahar Street).
Hong Kong Street Chun Kee
Old school har cheong gai take centre stage at Alexandra Road‘s Hong Kong Street Chun Kee. Along with Chinese dishes from the wok, their impossibly crisp wings (from $15) come with a housemade chilli sauce that hits all the right spots with flavour and fragrance. Remember to squeeze over some lime juice before going in for the crunch.
Hong Kong Street Chun Kee is located at 125 Bukit Merah Ln 1, #01-190, Singapore 150125, p. +65 6271 8484. Open daily 11am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 11.30pm.
A crackling, loud crunch is what to look out for when you drop by Woorinara in Bukit Timah. Serving up both bone-in and boneless chicken from $15, the meat is twice-fried for that extra crispy texture, then tossed in your choice of sauce from their menu. Order the ones with cheese for a salty, gooey delight.
Woorinara is located at 19 Lorong Kilat #01-02, Singapore 598120, p. +65 6464 9282. Open daily 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm.
We think The Beast lives up to its name, and the half-bird Southern Fried Chicken ($20) is testament to that. Served with slaw and country gravy, the crumbly, crispy crust derived from the restaurant’s buttermilk marinade is the main star. It’s also available on the menu in traditional Southern American style: with waffles dripping in bourbon maple syrup.
The Beast is located at 17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329, p. +65 6295 0017. Open Mon-Wed 5pm – 12am, Thu-Fri 5pm – 1am, Sat-Sun 11am – 12am.
The classic Korean fried chicken get a little twist at OPPA Chicken, where the crispy birds are served up in saucy concoctions of Honey Garlic, Yangnyum, and Soy Garlic from $13.90 for six pieces. This brand from South Korea marinates their meats for at least eight hours to bring you that glorious mix of juiciness and crispiness in every bite.
OPPA Chicken is located at 274 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058823, p. +65 6221 5217. Open Mon-Sat 11am – 10pm. Closed Sun and PH.
While whisky aficionados flock to this bar for the long list of malts, fans of fried chicken can also look to The Flagship for their crisp bites. The Pok Pok Chicken Wings ($20), lathered in Vietnamese and Thai spices, pack a mean punch in flavour and pairs well with an Old Fashioned or two. Not up for spice? The tamarind-glazed Chicken Popcorn ($18) is no less addictive.
The Flagship is located at 18/20 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089832, p. +65 9011 8304. Open Mon-Thu 6pm – 1am, Fri-Sat 6pm – 2am. Closed Sun.
Eng Kee Fried Chicken Wings
Featuring crisp golden skin all-round encasing a juicy, tender interior, coffeeshop stall Eng Kee Fried serves up some of the best chicken wings at both its original and Redhill outlets. For just $1.30 a piece, the simply marinated pieces shine without the need for additional seasoning, bar some chilli sauce for fans of spice. Grab them with a yummy plate of bee hoon for a quick and tasty lunch.
Eng Kee Fried Chicken Wings is located at 117 Commonwealth Dr, #01-711, Singapore 140117, p. +65 9233 9330 and 85 Redhill Ln #01-19, Singapore 150085. Both outlets open Mon-Sat 12pm – 10pm. Closed Sun.
No. 5 Emerald Hill
If you’re one for har cheong gai (prawn paste chicken) with your drinks, No. 5 Emerald Hill is the place for you. This two-storey shophouse establishment plates up excellent wings ($17 for six pieces) marinated in shrimp sauce and Chinese wine that’s later fried to perfection. Wash them down with a pint of beer or one of the bar’s signature martinis, which ring in as low as $8 during their Happy Hour promotion.
No. 5 Emerald Hill is located at 5 Emerald Hill Rd, Singapore 229289, p. +65 6732 0818. Open Mon-Thu 12pm – 2am, Fri-Sat 12pm – 3am, Sun and PH 5pm – 2am.
Hej Kitchen & Bar
Is it a coincidence that No. 5 Emerald Hill is directly opposite this cheery joint? We think not. The Har Cheong Gai Mid-Wings ($12) here have been a staple since the time of its earlier iteration Odd One Out, and makes for good competition with its crackling skin and soft, flavourful flesh.
Hej Kitchen & Bar is located at 180 Orchard Rd, Peranakan Place, Singapore 238846. Open Sun-Thu 5pm – 2am, Fri-Sat 5pm – 3am.
While we’re still mourning the demise of Artistry cafe, it helps that that the new cafe settling in its place serves up some spectacular fried chicken. Earlybird is a brunch spot where it’s all about the chicken, including fried chicken on Buttermilk Pancakes ($19) drizzled with a more-aromatic-than-spicy chilli maple syrup.
Earlybird is located at 17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149, p. +65 9788 6856. Open Mon-Thu 8.30am – 9pm, Fri 8.30am – 10pm, Sat 9am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 9pm.
The Salted Plum
Escape the busy tourist crowd of Chinatown into this Taiwanese eatery for some grub, which includes a dose of karaage-style Fried Chicken served with nori (seaweed) mayonnaise. Garnished with chilli powder for a little spice, these bite-sized soy and sesame marinated pieces come in for $10 a plate. There’s also a lunch bowl version that comes with rice, egg, and homemade acar for $15.
The Salted Plum is located at 10 Circular Rd, Singapore 049366, p. +65 6924 9752. Open Mon-Sat 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm. Closed Sun.
Top Image: Yardbird Southern Table & Bar