Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Chicken Up, Tanjong Pagar

Over the course of the past decade, the strip along Tanjong Pagar road has evolved more than a little in with an array of non local food options. Noticeably so if I might say. We've experience a share of French (Gavroche, L'Entrecote), a smattering of Italian (Buko Nero, Etna, Latteria Mozzarella Bar, Pasta Brava), Japanese (Inaho's Kitchen Bar, Keisuke Tonkotsu King) and the occasional Chinese and even Australian. We obviously haven't had the time to explore them all. Most notably, Korean restaurants (Kko Kko Nara, ChoWon Garden) have really mushroomed in this stretch.

So Chicken Up (48 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-01, tel : +65 6327 1203) happened to be another one of those Korean restaurants that have been around (duration unbeknownst to me) that had caught my attention lately. Apparently, as the name might have also suggested, they specialise in chicken. Fried chicken. Given my limited experiences with Korean fried chicken, I'm going to go out on a limb to tip my hat to them for doing a darn good job.

I'm talking meaty birds with impeccably crispy batter that didn't hold the slightest amount of excessive grease along with tender white flesh that were literally dripping with juices. It's really pretty much what I've described.

What we didn't expect to discover in a fried chicken joint was an item on menu described as fresh blood soup. That was, essentially a spicy vegetable and cow blood broth with chunks of bouncy textured (imagine fishcakes) blood that was a blast of spicy and umami. I liked that the vegetables were well boiled to the point where it was soft yet lightly crunchy still. Together with the soup, perfect with the soft sticky rice they served.

Dislikes? Banchan while waiting would have been great, but instead what they had was a forgettable free flow of salad. Air conditioning also needs work.


Konrad Curse said...

You didn't try the silk worm pupa soup?

LiquidShaDow said...

Primarch of the Night Lords? No, i didn't. Between 2 persons, it was difficult to order more food. Besides, I think it's not so easy to find someone who's willing to give it a go.