The idea of eating fried chicken has always been as appealing as having money fall into one’s lap. There’s just something about moist, juicy white meat contained within well-seasoned, crispy batter that keeps the palate intrigued and the saliva glands runny. Strangely enough though, I’ve never tried Korean style fried chicken. The go-to options have always been KFC, MacDonalds and the likes.
The last time I had Korean fried chicken was at Kko Kko Na Ra and it was more than 10 years back. Even then, it was for a colleague’s birthday party so I never made it a point to note the fried chicken’s flavour. But as the years passed, I did notice more and more Korean style fried chicken eateries pop up all over the island.
So fast forward to today and we have Chi-Bing, the first Korean fried chicken to be mentioned in this blog.
When I first patronised Chi-Bing, the setting and atmosphere was what drew me in. The staff seemed friendly and the decor gave off a fresh and vibrant feel. And when I looked at their menu, their bingsu (shaved ice dessert) caught my attention. These desserts were monster-sized bowls of shaved ice that contained sliced fruits, syrup, nuts and a slice of cheesecake! I mean who puts a dessert into another dessert? So I eagerly ordered the bingsu and stuffed my face with the dessert-within-dessert delight.
But when I came back after a few weeks to try their fried chicken, things seem to have changed. The bingsu got a lot smaller and there was no more cheesecake. And from what I observed, the fried chicken portions seem to have reduced drastically. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures to show the difference but I’m sure anyone who’s been to Chi-Bing at least a few months back will know what I’m talking about.
Anyway, here’s what I thought about their fried chicken.
My partner and I decided to get the best of both worlds by ordering the Boneless Ban Ban Chicken ($31.90), which includes Soy Sauce Fried Chicken and Seasoned Spicy Chicken. The only other option was the original flavour, also known as Boneless Fried Chicken.
What I liked about the chicken was how their batter remained crispy throughout our meal. We took our time dining (approx. 45 minutes) and despite being coated in sauce, the chicken batter maintained a satisfying crunch throughout. They used dark meat so that was a big plus for me, as I’ve always liked the tender and fatty parts of the chicken. I preferred the salty touch of the soy sauce over the tangy spiciness of the well…spicy chicken.
Didn’t care much for the sides though. The wedges were hardly crispy and their cold, pale outlook left the impression that they were prepared well in advance. A sign that the kitchen staff just didn’t care enough to push out only fresh made goodness.
As I mentioned in the opening section, the atmosphere was that of refreshing vibrancy. The staff were attentive enough not to miss (or dismiss) customers’ request for service. They had free flow of sides which were self-service, but since they were mainly vegetables, I can only say that my partner found them decent. Experience-wise, it was above average.
Should You Try It?
The pricing really cost them a lot of “value points” but their service, ambience and quality batter kind of pushed them to borderline value. So I’ve ranked them as good value but I wouldn’t go anything beyond. So I guess if you’re nearby and don’t mind the price, go for it. Otherwise, you’re not missing anything much.
Chi-Bing (Star Vista)
1 Vista Exchange Green,
01-43/K4, The Star Vista Mall
Mon – Sat: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tel: +65 6262 0689
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