Chir Chir Introduces New Dishes
From today (4 April 2016), Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory introduces new dishes to its current repertoire of fried and roasted chicken favourites. The new entrants consist of items that are both “hot” and “cool” – figuratively and literally!
The star of Chir Chir’s new dishes this time round is definitely the Honey Butter Chicken ($28.90). Just for context, South Korea was swept by a craze for honey butter potato chips in 2014 and 2015. These chips sold by Haitai-Calbee were tremendously popular and often out of stock.
Anyway, Chir Chir’s Honey Butter Chicken is also as irresistible. We shared two plates and I nearly finished everything. Crispy battered chicken, potato wedges and pan-fried toppoki (Korean rice cakes) are glazed with their proprietary honey butter sauce and then showered with honey butter seasoning powder, dried cranberries and sliced almonds. The savoury-sweet powder enhances the flavour of the chicken, making every bite very satisfying. Dip into the accompanying honeyed garlic mayo dip to enjoy this dish even better.
Exclusive to branches in Singapore, Chir Chir’s Topokki & Cheese ($9.80) is a comforting dish imagined by one of the Singapore owners here. This addictive creation brings to mind its familiar mac & cheese counterpart, but swaps the pasta out for chewy Korean rice cakes in a rich creamy blend of cheeses, chicken ham and bacon bits.
The Korean rice cakes also feature prominently in Chir Chir’s Spicy Topokki ($15.90). They are prepared in a spicy gochujang (red pepper paste) together with sliced fishcake, sweet potato cubes, Cajun fried squid and a deep-fried hardboiled egg. Breaded chicken tenders are available for top-up at $4, either as a separate item or together with the hearty dish.
I enjoyed the initial sweetness from the gochujang, while relishing the spicy kick as its fieriness goes up with every morsel. The various items absorbed the spicy flavours well and jazzed up the dish, but the conflicted purist in me wished that they had not stolen the show from the rice cakes. I had difficulty trying to dig for more of them.
Another new dish that will appeal to the spicy-loving Singaporean palate is the Spicy Seafood Soup ($26.90). Seafood lovers will love this combination of mussels, prawns, crayfish, an entire squid and glass noodles in a spicy clam-based broth, rich and mildly sweet in flavour, gradually becoming fierier (#protip: slowly sip the soup!).
If you are looking for a cooling respite from the recent sweltering weather, try the refreshing Double Smoothies ($12.90). They go well with Chir Chir’s dishes too and are available in three flavours – raspberry, aqua (made with mixed tropical fruits) and mojito (made with lime). Each Double Smoothie is good for two people to share and is blended with mango puree and topped with flavoured ice slushes, a swirl of whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles.
While the raspberry and aqua options made a good treat for the eyes and the palate, I say go for the mojito – its lighter flavour makes a good complement to the thicker texture of the mango puree. You can also add $3 for soju in your smoothie.
Chir Chir has grown rapidly since it stepped foot in Singapore last year, and now has three outlets around the island. Its newest outlet at Chinatown Point is open till 3am daily, so foodies can still venture out to satisfy that craving for the late night chimaek (fried chicken and beer).
Chir Chir Korean Chicken Factory
Chinatown Point outlet
Address: 133 New Bridge Road, #01-43 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413
Telephone: 6538 1069
Operating Hours: 11am – 3am daily
Bedok Point outlet
Address: 799 New Upper Changi Road, #02-05/06 Bedok Point, Singapore 467351
Telephone: 6481 2098
Operating Hours: Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
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