As shared in Wikipedia: crisp, well-seasoned skin rendered of excess fat, is a hallmark of well-made fried chicken. And this is definitely the case with today’s entry on Jinjja!! Chicken. It’s one of those happy accidents where my partner and I were strolling in the area, I mention that I feel like having chicken and she reminds me that a new Korean fried chicken place has opened within the mall. So after wiping a little accidental drool and regaining my composure, my wife and I made our way to the chicken joint.
After browsing what I found to be a well structured menu, we decided to try out their signature wings (which comes in 3 flavours; soy garlic, yangnyeom and monster) and for variety sake, one burger.
For the Jinjja Wings ($7.90 for 6 pcs), we went with Soy Garlic and Yangnyeom flavours. The 3rd flavour, monster, had three chili images beside it and we weren’t in the mood to set our tongues on fire, so we left it out. We also made the wings into a drink and fries set by topping up $2.00.
Just before I go into the taste, you may wish to note that when they say 6 pieces, they are not referring to six whole – 3-part – wings. The mid-wing and drumlet make up one piece each. Now that we’ve covered that aspect, let’s go into flavours.
The wings were pretty much what I hoped for. Crispy on the outside and plump, juicy meat on the inside. Though evenly coated, the batter was thin enough to let the chicken skin itself shine through, which I think contributed to half of the crispiness.
As for flavours, the Soy Garlic tasted great though some might find it a little salty. The garlic part was just a hint and didn’t stand out much amidst the soy sauce’s saltiness.
Yangnyeom was the usual tangy, sweet and spicy taste found at several Korean fried chicken joints. I liked that it wasn’t too tangy (like how some barbecue sauces can get) and that the spiciness was just enough to create flavour but not so much that it numbs all other flavours.
The shoestring fries were cooked just right. They had a well-seasoned, crunchy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior. So a delicious compliment to the meal. The wing set definitely made for a satisfying, finger-licking good time and price-wise, they do cost just a little below other brands I’ve tried. 8.8/10.
The next meat option was the aptly and simply named Chicken Burger ($7.90). The flavours however, were just a tad bit towards sophisticated. In my first bite, I could sense a nutty, toasted aroma coming through but I wasn’t sure. After the second bite, I realised that it must have been toasted sesame seeds and upon opening the bun, I confirmed my suspicions.
The burger’s composition was fairly simple: A fried, battered chicken thigh piece, some mayo-based sauce and fresh lettuce packed in soft, fluffy buns. Despite the chicken thigh being coated in a thick sauce – which I’m guessing is yangnyeom – there wasn’t any confusion or conflict between the two sauces. I loved how the flavours worked harmoniously and contrary to how it looked, the portion was just right. 8.5/10.
The ambience was fresh and upbeat, while the conditions were well maintained. Unlike the dim lighting found in a some fast food outlets, this place had a crisp feel. I felt that order taking could have been faster, and there was only one counter open when we were there.
Service was good though and the staff patiently answered all my questions without rushing me.
Should You Try It?
Highly recommended for anyone who loves fried chicken wings and saucy, comfort food. While there’s only one chicken burger, their fries have different types of seasoning. Might be worth a shot too.
Jinjja!! Chicken (Clementi)
3155 Commonwealth Ave West
The Clementi Mall
Opening Hours (Butchery)
Mon – Sun: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
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