My friend, Seth, invited me for a media tasting at Chicken Up, a Korean Fried Chicken (yes, that is what the KFC stands for) restaurant at Tanjong Katong. It is situated right next to the famous 2D1N Soju Bang Korean BBQ.
The interior is of various shades of yellow and red, and for all you K-pop fans, there is a TV playing K-pop music videos continuously. As for those of you who do not appreciate such music, do not worry, it is neither deafening, nor is it exasperating.
The menu is pretty straight-forward, stating all the choices of chicken available. If you are a big eater, I would recommend that you opt for the buffet because you get to try more flavours and the chicken here costs about $5 a piece.
The first thing we had was the Watermelon Soju ($30). I must say that the display was very impressive! It came in half a watermelon, with dry ice. Then, the soju is poured in front of you into that gigantic bowl!
I am not much of a drinker but I did not feel the alcohol at all because the drink is very refreshing and the taste of the watermelon juice is very strong. We finished that whole bowl in no time at all!
And now, on to the chicken, which is what I think most of you are interested in.
We had the Yangnyum chicken ($22 for 4 pieces), one of the chef’s recommendations. Crispy fried chicken with a spicy taste, coated with sweet and spicy sauce. This was finger licking good!
Next,we had Spicy Up ($18 for 4 pieces), another chef’s recommendation. This promised crispy and juicy fried chicken with a spicy taste. However, to be honest, this was not spicy at all.
In between our chicken feast, we had a side of truffle fries ($8), which is a new item on the menu. The truffle flavour was quite substantial.
We then moved on to Andong Chicken Stew ($33 for half a pot), a Korean style soy sauce chicken stew with potatoes, carrots, noodles and rice cakes. This was good, but by then, I hardly had any space left in my stomach!
My favourite chicken of the night was the Soya Chicken Wings ($12 for 4 pieces). Very fragrant and delicious!
And I saved the best for last!
The most memorable item for me was the Pear Soju and Yakult Soju ($25). You cannot give this a miss! The Pear Soju hits the right spot for all you sweet tooth out there!
According to the owner, Luke, the meat is all freshly prepared and they do not pre-cook their chicken. Hence, you have to wait about ten minutes before your chicken can be served. When you get there, be prepared to use your hands, it is the best way to enjoy your chicken!
48 Tanjong Pagar Roadn #01-01
Tel: 6327 1203
Opens daily from 1730-0200hrs.