The Place We were one year late. Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory opened its first branch in early 2015 at Somerset@313, and now has 2 other branches in Chinatown Point and Bedok Point as well. Done up with a casual chic vibe, with Korean ads and products placed at random corners of the restaurant, Chir Chir completes itself with well-positioned television playing non-stop Korean variety shows and K-Pops MTVs! So if you are a fan of the Korean culture, this will definitely resonate very well with you.
The Food Chir Chir is all about their Fried Chicken, with the name of the restaurant supposed to be the sound of the bubbling oil when you throw the fried chicken cubes into the hot oil! And since we were one year late, it’s probably best for us to skip the “classics” such as the Nest Snow here and head directly for the latest in-trend item on the menu, their new Honey Butter Chicken ($28.90)! Inspired by the Honey Butter craze in Korea, this new item will satisfy your very craving. Done with Honey Butter battered Chicken, pan fried topokki and potato wedges, you can dip your spoils into the honey garlic mayo dip by the side to enjoy this further. Strongly recommending this, the satisfaction from this sinful serving of fried chicken chunks is worthy of another gym session.
Also on the menu, the Rosemary Chicken ($29.90) is proof that Chir Chir is more than simply fried chicken. Inspired by the American take on oven-roasting their chicken, this dish is prepared with 12 hours of marination before roasting, and served with a baked potato topped with sour cream and a salt-baked egg. Although this was not the most exciting dish during our dinner, I have to attribute it to my liking for anything fried. Get this for a mix of variety if you are going to grab a couple of mains to share.
We cannot complete a Korean meal without having a spicy clam-based soup. And at Chir Chir, order their Spicy Seafood Soup ($26.90) that is packed with glass noodles, mussels, prawns, crayfish and squid. As someone who can’t handle spice very well, this soup went really well for me; albeit it might be a tad too light for others. One thing to note though, the glass noodles here are done in the thicker kway teow version, which frankly works better. Good portion for sharing, recommending this for at least 4 pax, or even up to 6 pax if you were getting greedy and over-ordered on the sides.
Order this to spice things up at your dinner table, the Spicy Topokki ($15.90) is not meant for the weak hearted. You will most likely feel the burning sensation with the first sip of the fiery sauce, with ingredients such as Cajun battered squid, deep fried hard boiled egg, fish cakes and of course, topokki. Frankly, this was a tad too overwhelming for me, but my fellow diners whom are fans of spicy food seem to take it very well. You decide your fate.
If you are a fan of Mac & Cheese, this is the Korean take on it – Topokki & Cheese ($9.90). Served in a hotplate (better described as a bowl), I found this better than the average Mac & Cheese and actually got me nibbing on throughout the dinner. Although I wouldn’t complain if the cheese can be more gao and if we can topped this with some chilli flakes or sorts to give this rather single dimensional dish some additional kick.
Rants It can get crowded during meal times, and while we heard snaking queue is a thing of the past with its expanded seating capacity in their main Somerset branch, don’t be surprised to join in a short queue during peak hours. And no, Chir Chir doesn’t take reservations.
Will I Return Again? When you are craving for some Korean Fried Chicken, and you wouldn’t mind some innovative creations such as the Honey Butter Chicken, here’s the place for you. As for the Pandas, we will be back to try more of their current 18 fried chicken selections!
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory
133 New Bridge Rd
#01-43 Chinatown Point
Tel: +65 6538 1069
Daily 11am to 3am
Other Branches: 313@Somerset (#B3-04) and Bedok Point (#02-05)
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