Guess the post title says it all: Chir Chir's recently-launched HONEY BUTTER CHICKEN is AWESOME!
A year since their entry into Singapore, Chir Chir Fusion Factory from Korea has steadily expanded from the first store at 313@Somerset to another outlet at Bedok Point. The latest one at Chinatown Point opens daily till 3am!
Can't sleep? Need supper? Ahem..... Time for some chicken!
I'm of course talking about those Korean deep-fried yumminess, original or slathered in spicy and garlicky flavors, all lined up for chicky lovers to devour. It gets even more exciting now as honey butter joins in the party. Come on, honey!
Being already a fan of Chir Chir's Korean Fried Chicken, this PinkyPiggu devotedly set off to the Chinatown Point store to check out the new chick.
(Read: Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory, 313@Somerset ~ Popular Korean Fried Chicken Is Now In Singapore!)
All I can say is..... whatever your current favorite at Chir Chir is, the Honey Butter Chicken ($28.90) has debuted (on 4th April 2016) as a strong contender to upstage it.
Your heart could very well be stolen (mine was), especially if you're fond of those extremely popular honey butter potato chips that has been trending for quite some time in Korea. No guess on where the recipe development team at Chir Chir got their inspiration from.
K-food fans would know how difficult it can be in Singapore to get our hands on the chips by Haitai-Calbee (the original manufacturer), but when the craving for honey butter goodness strikes, simple..... just hop over to Chir Chir!
Now that I've tried both the honey potato chips and chicken, my personal opinion is that the flavor of the fried chicken is just as superb as the chips, if not better.
Glazed with honey butter and generously showered with honey butter seasoning powder, it was buttery, sweet, savory all at once. Amazingly addictive! Accompanying honeyed garlic mayo dip is provided as well, but the taste of the chicken is already good enough on its own.
As someone who adore gnawing on chicken wings' bones (especially the tips!), I was surprised to find myself enjoying the boneless chicken chunks to such degree. With thin, crisp batter and tender meat that burst with lip-smacking juiciness, what more could we ask for? Perhaps potato wedges and pan-fried topokki (rice cakes) as well? Already checked! Haha!
Each generous serving may seemed intimidating initially, but it's meant for a voracious appetite(!) or rather, for at least two people to share. Sharing is definitely a good thing if you prefer variety in your meal and would like to order other items too.
The Topokki & Cheese ($9.90) starring Korean rice cakes smothered in creamy cheese sauce, chicken ham and bacon bits is not without its supporters, but the carb-centric combination rested too heavily on the stomach for me.
My choice would be to go for more protein such as the Rosemary Chicken ($29.90). The whole oven-roasted chicken was redolent with fragrance of herbs, utterly flavorsome and tender even to the typically dry breast part. Two thumbs up!
For spicy options, there is the Spicy Topokki ($15.90) with fishcake, sweet potatoes, Cajun fried squid, deep-fried hardboiled egg and breaded chicken tenders (additional $4) basking in a fiery gochujang (red pepper paste) sauce, as well as Spicy Seafood Soup ($26.90) loaded with glass noodles, mussels, prawns, crayfish and a whole squid in clam-base broth.
Given the rich and appetizing crustacean deliciousness of the seafood soup, finishing a whole portion by myself wouldn't be an issue. But then, I'm on diet. Really. Haha.
The spicy level was just about right, but it would be a good idea to complement the meal with some glasses of Double Smoothie ($12.90 / add $3 for soju). Featuring mango purée, topped with Rasberry, Aqua (mixed tropical fruits) or Mojito (with lime) ice slushies topped with freshly whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles, it is very much a refreshing treat, as much as it is a visual one. Just don't think about the sugar level oops.
That wasn't quite what I was thinking about, as my attention unwavered around the spicy seafood soup, rosemary roasted chicken and those incredibly tasty honey butter chicken. Eat up, drink up, the place to be at is Chir Chir! :D
Chir ChirWebsite: http://www.chirchir.com.sg/
Address: 133 New Bridge Road, #01-43 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413
Contact: +65 6538 1069
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-3am (last order at 2.30am)
313@SomersetAddress: 313 Orchard Road, #B3-04/05/06 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Contact: +65 6509 8364
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 10am-10pm (last order at 9.30pm) / Fri & Sat 10am-11pm (last order at 10.30pm)
Address: 799 New Upper Changi Road, #02-05/06 Bedok Point, Singapore 467351
Contact: +65 6481 2098
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-10pm (last order at 9.30pm)
Prices stated are in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.