Chicken Up @ Tanjong Pagar – Korean Fried Chicken

Chicken Up specialises in Korean fried chicken, and they say it’s this crispy because of double frying and removing fat from under the skin. It was WAY crowded and we waited nearly 1 hour on a weekday night, so please go early! It opens till 2am so you know where to go if you have late night cravings.

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The menu doesn’t have much of the traditional Korean stuff on it, but everyone here is really just hungry for chicken.  

We had the Yangnyum Chicken ($38 for 8 pieces, $22 for 4). Chicken coated with spicy and sweet soy sauce and sesame seeds. Anything with sweet sauce is enjoyable, and I love the sticky glaze on my chicken. The meat seemed a tad tougher than our fried chicken wings though? But I prefer Woori Nara’s sweet sauce, which has greater depth to me.

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This is Spicy Up ($34 for 8 pieces, $18 for 4). Yes, no one can resist the comparison to KFC, but it’s not KFC. KFC used to be bang for the buck, but sadly it’s rather lacklustre now. Anyway, Chicken Up is definitely much meatier, meat is very juicy, skin is thin and VERY crispy, and there’s a light hint of spiciness to it. I liked this!

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We got a small Andong Chicken Stew ($33 for 4 pieces). This is a soy sauce based chicken stew, with chicken falling off the bones, glass noodles, potatoes, carrots and leeks. The stew’s broth was sweet and quite thick, best eaten with rice though to soak up that sauce.

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Almost everyone had watermelons sitting on their tables! This place does Soju cocktails, which are actually fruit+soju/ yakult+soju. The Watermelon Soju is $38, and they pour a bottle of Soju into a chilled, pureed watermelon. It is VERY REFRESHING and washes away whatever guilt you had eating all that fried stuff.

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Last photo of chicken feast, slightly blur because drunk. Kidding!! 

I personally think it’s quite impossible to get full eating just fried chicken, but there isn’t much else on the menu that you’ll want to have along with the fried mezz, and it is EXPENSIVE if you eat too much chicken. So maybe you’ll want to consider their chicken buffet at $25 per head to truly feast away on chicken. Good luck.

Photos courtesy of my friends with better iPhones than mine 😀

Chicken Up
#01-01, 48 Tanjong Pagar Road
Sun – Thu: 17:30 – 02:00
Fri – Sat: 17:30 – 03:00

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