After a long and stressful week at work, sometimes we just want to sink our teeth into calorie-laden, artery-clogging junk food. A favourite would be deep-fried chicken, among other sinful junk like truffle-fries, spam fries and rich desserts. I dunno how stuffing our faces with such junk food can help de-stress. Guess the thought of letting ourselves go with such indulgences, provided the food in question has to be tasty as well, has a certain liberating effect. Ah nom nom nom nom nom munch munch munch…
So a couple of fridays ago, my friend BB suggested having our junk food fix with Korean fried chicken at “Oven & Fried Chicken” (182 Telok Ayer Street). Quite a strange name. It’s not “oven-fried”, with a dash in between, but “oven & fried”.. Don’t quite make sense leh… Anyways, I didn’t check online for the origin of the name so I supposed there are reasons for it.
Since a few years ago, there has been a lot of hype with Korean fried chicken. Had recalled it started with “BBQ Chicken” which uses olive oil to deep-fry their chicken and then there’s “Bonchon”, “Kko Kko Na Ra” and so on. I don’t quite get the hype. It’s just fried chicken right? Probably because the eatery/brand originates from Korea, same place as where those popular celebrities are from, so it must be good? Oh dear, if you really think that way. Hmm..
Probably that is also why these chicken tend to sell at higher prices, since there is a demand for them from the likes of people obsessed with anything Korean. Anyway, Korean or not, fried chicken to me is, as I had said, chicken dunked in hot oil till it turned crispy. If it is good, that’s all it matters.
At “Oven & Fried Chicken”, there are other non-chicken dishes on the menu. But since it is only 2 of us, we had decided to stick to the chicken. Since we are ready to gorge ourselves with junk food, let’s go all the way and order 2 servings of chicken wings in different flavours.
The “Fried Rice Chicken” was served first. Half a portion, which is around 5 whole chicken wings separated at the joints, is priced at $19. Woah…
These chicken wings are coated in rice flour and other spices, and deep-fried. Teeth sinking into the crunchy and crispy batter, releasing bits of oil… The initial bites were indeed satisfying. By the time, I got to my 3rd wing or drumlet, I was feeling a little queasy from too much flour and oil. As much as I had enjoyed the fried chicken, there is only so much I can take.
We had also ordered the “Sauced Rice Chicken (original)” at $20 for half portion. Double woah.
It seems like sauce-coated fried chicken is a distinctive cooking style of Korean fried chicken. The sauce is sweet and savoury, and super spicy! OMG! I can feel my lips burning, face flushed and stomach getting hotter by the second. I can’t make it past 2 wings. I need to dunk my tongue in a bucket of ice!! Hot hot hot!!
My friend can’t stomach too much of those spicy wings too and I end up packing them back for Gary. He sure has a higher tolerance for spice. I saw him wipe out those wings with gusto. LOL…
My verdict on these Korean fried chicken: They are good but so not worth the price. Take the Old Chang Kee fried chicken wings for example. They are one of my favourite and cost only less than half the price. So I say, can try Korean fried chicken once in a while but they are really over-hyped lah. :)