Dinner @ Rang Mang Shokudo

June 10, 2018 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

I love my fried chicken. I absolutely love it. But every time I crave for it, it’s difficult to satisfy my craving properly; Arnold’s is in the (far) East while the few Korean restaurants which do better fried chicken are too far from home and I am usually in Orchard if I am out. Haha. So imagine how happy I was when I finally found a dependent eatery in town! So good that I went back thrice within two weeks!

As taken from their website, Rang Mang Shokudo uses free-range chicken. With a 6-hours buttermilk marinade, the chicken are fried twice in low heat. The restaurant’s signature double frying at low heat allows the chicken to remain super crispy even when eaten cold.

For my three visits to Rang Mang Shokudo, I dined at the restaurant on weekday evenings. Yes, fried chicken and beer are great to wrap up a hard day at work. Keke. And although my friend and I arrived on weekdays, the place was really packed. For walk-ins, I recommend reaching by 7pm latest to get seats without having to queue.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4), we ordered:-

1) Edamame, $3.50 (above)

2) Value set, $10.90 (above) – Catered for solo diners or diners who want a balanced meal, one could opt for the value set which includes 1 (chicken) flavour, normal or 16 mix grain rice (went with white only because the mixed grain was sold out), potato salad and some greens.

3) Large, $18 (above) – Between small (5 pieces, $6) medium (12 pieces, $12) and large (20 pieces, $18), greedy us naturally went with large. And for large, one gets to choose 3 flavours.

4) Chicken flavour with options of:-

(A) Cod roe mayo (above)

(B) Curry, honey mustard, green onion salt chili oil (front to back) (above)

(C) Black vinegar, yuzupon oroshi, salt (left to right) (above) – And it’s with this order that I realised not all flavours are served in the form of sauces to be paired with the chicken pieces. ‘Salt’ (on smaller plate) being one of them.

(D) Katsuo ume, wasabi cream, soy sauce (left to right) (above) – ‘Soy sauce’ is similar to ‘salt’ where the chicken pieces were served seasoned. Ie, no sauce. Whereas for ‘katsuo ume’, the chicken batter was slightly different with bonito flakes and had an accompanying (plum) sauce too. Which also explained why the chicken were served separately. ‘Katsuo ume’ on smaller plate, plain chicken (for the ‘wasabi cream’) separated from the ‘soy sauce’ seasoned chicken with lettuce on the bigger plate.

5) Yuzu beer, $10

6) Frozen lemon sour high, $12 (above)

7) Frozen yuzu + soda, $4 (above)

The chicken pieces were indeed fried to perfection; Crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. And as what they claimed with their double-drying at low heat, it was indeed nice not having to rush finishing our food since fried chicken loses its crisp when it’s cooled.

Personally, I preferred flavours like ‘soy sauce’ and ‘salt’ where the chicken pieces are marinated/seasoned with it. Although if I have to choose my favourite among the sauces that I tried, I would go with ‘honey mustard’. Whereas for my choice of drinks, I kept choosing those which came with the slushie. Keke.

I would definitely recommend Rang Mang Shokudo. And I really like how accessible the eatery is being located in Wisma Atria’s Japan Food Town.

Instead, I wish I shared my dining experience at Rang Mang Shokudo earlier because I heard that Katsu Shinichiro, in charge of the overseas outpost in Singapore, has just ended his contract and went back to Japan. Am not too sure if the quality is still as good as what I last had. Although, news has it that they will be sending another (Japanese) staff to take over.

435 Orchard Road, Wisma Atria, #04-54, Singapore
6262 3504, Website
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Fri : 11:30 – 23:00
Ambience: 6
Sat – Sun : 11:00 – 23:00
Value: 8
Service: 6