Dinner @ Choo Choo Chicken

November 21, 2014 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

The guys wanted something affordable, so I felt it was a good time to meet for some Korean fried chicken. Keke. We came late on a weekday night at 9pm. Besides another big group who was already halfway through with their dinner, the restaurant was almost empty. One of the good points of eating late. We get to be seated promptly, but at the expense of our waists. Ha!

Located just 5 to 8 minutes from Bugis MRT station (and right beside Stateland Cafe), the restaurant decor was simple with the staggered black and white floor tiles being the most prominent feature of its interior.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), we ordered:-

1) Choo choo spam burger, $6.90 (above) – Korean style rice mixed with kimchi & ham. I wouldn’t said it’s a burger. Rather it was rice mixed with seaweed that was shaped nicely to form the top and bottom layers such that every bite was ensured of rice, kimchi and accompanying sauce. Not too bad although more ham would be better. Only managed to get one small piece of ham, unless it was the boys who ate most of the ham. Hmm…

2) Wing & drumlet, $16 (8 pieces) (above) – 16 pieces was also available at $29.90 where one could choose two flavours, unlike 8 pieces where we were only entitled to one flavour. Of the 5 available flavours (original, spicy, sweet, soy and garlic), we went with spicy for this. Oddly, my first piece of the spicy was not spicy. The spiciness only kicked in when I had my next piece (of sweet). But the spiciness was bearable even for non-spicy eaters like me.

3) Whole chicken, $30.90 (above) – With a choice of any 2 flavours, we went with original (top most) and sweet (top). The 2 halves were served in separate bowls, and these were amazing! Our whole chicken was served before the wing & drumlet (item 2), and when we each took our first bites of the meat, we immediately went “So good”. I exaggerate not. The meat was tender and flavourful. But it was really the batter for the skin that they perfectly nailed it. 16 pieces worked out to be almost the same price and portion as the whole chicken, but we felt ordering the whole chicken was better as it allowed us to eat the breast meat. And it was amazing how the breast meat was not dry!

We really enjoyed our Korean fried chicken at Choo Choo Chicken. Besides the rice / burger series, the other non-chicken dishes offered were kimchi soup, rice cake, fried mushroom and potato wedges. But of course, when one comes to a restaurant specialising in Korean fried chicken, I would strongly recommend concentrating on the chicken.

It may sound daunting having to order 8 pieces or a whole chicken as the minimum, but the portion for either was good for 2. If coming in pair, I would strongly recommend ordering the whole chicken. At least that allows one to try 2 flavours, which I will again strongly recommend getting the original and another marinated flavour. The original flavour allowed us to enjoy the chicken at its purest and best (ha) while the glazed flavours ones allowed us to enjoy a nice, messy experience which had us licking our fingers!

However, what I did not like was that water was not complimentary. When one is eating fried food, one will definitely need to drink up. Bottle of mineral water was charged at $2.

33 Bali Lane, Singapore
6299 0980, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 23:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 6
Service: 6