No, we don’t mean KFC from the colonel. Though later to the game than its US counterpart, the Korean fried chicken craze took hold alongside the K-wave in the past decade, and has since firmly embedded itself as the cuisine of choice for cheat days, celebrations and as a solid pick-me-up. Spend your calories on the good stuff, with flavours ranging from the classic sweet and spicy to new-age reinventions like honey, curry and cheese.
1. Oven & Fried Chicken
Conceived by two of the most popular chicken restaurants in Korea, Okkudak and Ssaldak, subsidiary brand Oven & Fried Chicken (OFC) burst onto the Singapore scene in 2014 with a unique trio of tender roasted chook, crispy chicken fried without oil, and chicken fried in rice flour instead of the typical wheat flour (for extra crunch).
The roast options come with unique choices such as chicken stir fried with welsh onions, or with rice cakes in a Louisiana Jambalaya or spicy sauce. The crispy chicken selection boasts two flavours: the peppery original or a homemade sweet and spicy Korean mix. Somewhat confusingly, there’s also a section on yang nyeom chicken, where the chook’s further stir fried in one of four types of sauces: soy, padi garlic, Jambalaya, or the sweet and spicy. OFC’s original outlet is at Telok Ayer, but there are also its Tanjong Katong and Bukit Timah locations.
Tatler tip: Feeling adventurous? Try the “ladies’ best choice” of Yogurt Salad Chicken—fried chicken cutlet, salad with yoghurt dressing, and two scoops of ice cream. Lovers of the ice-cream-and-fries combo will understand the appeal.
Oven & Fried Chicken | 182 Telok Ayer Street, S(068630) | 6222 5959
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