Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory has earned a strong following in Korea, China and Taiwan due to its unique menu offerings and mouthwatering chicken dishes. The casual restaurant chain has finally made it to Singapore with its flagship outlet at 313@Somerset and a second outlet is slated to open at Bedok Point end of March 2015.
We were told that expansion plans for more Chir Chir outlets are already in the pipeline, and I hope that in the near future there would be an outlet open in the west.
Singapore is having a hot summer (almost all year round), and when the weather gets to you, the first thing you want to have is probably an iced cold beer or an ice cream cone. Whereas in Korea, the locals love to pair cold beer with fried chicken, and the culture gets wildly popular and so perfect that there’s a separate word to describe this pairing, known as Chimaek, which is composed of the first syllables of the words chicken (chi) and maekju (maek) for beer.
Our little island is known affectionately as little Korea due to the influx of many Korean restaurants and shops opening up here. Chir Chir is also one of the those riding on the wave of rising Korean F&B culture in Singapore, but they distinguishes itself by using only fresh, not frozen, chicken married with a myriad of special garlic-soy, spicy and cream-based sauces, and even whipped cream. All proprietary sauces and marinades are imported from Seoul to ensure consistency in flavour across Chir Chir‘s outlets worldwide.
Chir Chir features a fun and casual concept, and the restaurant space is specially designed to resemble a chicken run with mesh wires and cute touches like eggshell displays and cool illustrations as seen in the pictures above. The restaurant can seat up to 78 person with movable tables and banquet seats offering flexible seating options for both small and large groups.
Chir Chir‘s signature fried chicken is available in Crispy, Garlicky and Spicy, and can be enjoyed whole, wings only or as boneless tenders. The fresh poultry is deep-fried only upon order and takes about 15 minutes to be ready.
Crispy Fried Chicken ($26.90) / Crispy Fried Tenders ($24.90) / Crispy Fried Wings ($26.90 for 7pcs) – Marinated for six hours in Chir Chir’s house seasoning before being battered and deep-fried, the Crispy Fried Chicken, Tenders and Wings boast succulent flesh that is tasty from skin to bone. Each serving is accompanied by salsa and honey mustard sauce.
If you don’t like to dirty your hands, use the specially customised tongs (shaped like a chicken claw) provided by the restaurant to hold on to the chicken parts, and tear the meat apart with a fork. Don’t be shy to ask the staff to pack the food if you can’t finish your meal, but please do not take home the “iron claw” when you leave the restaurant.
Spicy Chicken ($28.90) / Spicy Tenders ($26.90) / Spicy Wings ($28.90 for 7pcs) – The chook, sweet potato cubes and fried toppoki are slicked with a sticky sweet-spicy chilli sauce that packs a real punch. A must try for those who love their spice.
Garlicky Chicken ($28.90) / Garlicky Tenders ($26.90) / Garlicky Wings ($28.90 for 7pcs) – The ultra-fragrant Garlicky Chicken comes ensconced in a lip-smacking house-made soy sauce, sprinkled with minced garlic and fried garlic cloves. Chunks of roasted sweet potatoes and fried toppoki (Korean rice cakes) complete this dish.
Spicy BBQ Roasted Chicken ($32.90) / Garlic Roasted Chicken ($32.90) / Rosemary Chicken ($29.90) – Taking a twist on “chimaek”, Chir Chir also offers guests roasted chicken. These succulent whole chickens are marinated for 12 hours then oven-roasted to perfection. The Spicy BBQ version (featured above) undergoes an additional step of pan-frying so that the chicken is evenly coated in sauce. Each is accompanied with salsa, a whole salt-baked egg and a fluffy baked potato with sour cream.
Nest Snow ($32.90) – Served on a hotplate, these spicy Cajun chicken tenders perch on a bed of sweet potato puree luxuriating in a cream sauce flecked with olives and peppers. A swirl of Chir Chir’s freshly whipped cream and shavings of parmesan, mozzarella and cheddar makes this dish one of a kind.
Honey Grape Salad ($18.90) – Featuring sweet, plump seedless green grapes with walnuts, pine nuts and almonds, this fruit and nut salad comes dressed with dollops of house-made ricotta and whipped cream. On the side are crispy-chewy shards of baked tortilla drizzled with honey and sprinkled with minced garlic. Note: Photo for illustration only, actual portion served with two baked tortilla.
Mango Salad ($11.90) – Rejuvenate any chickened-out tastebud with this refreshing salad of mixed greens topped with ripe. juicy mangoes, blueberries and tangy yogurt dressing.
To complement the slew of fried and roasted chicken dishes on the menu. Chir Chir offers intriguing thirst-quenchers such as Tok Tok, a collection of four flavoured cocktails, that can be turned into cocktails with the addition of soju; Ladykiller, a mojito slushie that replenishes itself with an upside-down bottle of beer, and Chir Cream Beer, a mug of draught beer crowned with fresh whipped cream.
Chir Cream Beer (350ml $13.90 / 650ml $18.90) – Inspired by a “latte kiss” shared between the lead actors in a hit Korean drama, this quirky concoction comprises draught beer topped with freshly whipped cream. The airy foam is meant to leave a moustache on the girl’s upper lip, which her partner should assist in cleaning up with a tender kiss.
Tok Tok (Non-alcoholic $14.90 / alcoholic $18.90) – The infusion of soju transforms these child-friendly cocktails into adults only cocktails, and are available in four flavours. Berry Purple (Blueberry and Forest Berries), Blue Sky (Blue Lemonade), Blue Marine (Green Grape) and Passion Yellow (Passion Fruit). An iSi soda charger is used to fizz the drinks up at the table side before being served.
Chir Chir Dishes I Love Most And Highly Recommended
Nest Snow, Garlicky Chicken, Crispy Fried Chicken, Spicy BBQ Roasted Chicken and Honey Grape Seed. To be honest, there are a lot more dishes I love to try, and these are just a small selection I tried.
Chir Chir is one of the best places to enjoy a good Chimaek. Go in a group of at least 4 to 5 person or even more the better, so you can order to share and enjoy the selection of chicken dishes. Boneless tenders is a lifesaver for those like myself whom is lazy with devouring chicken with bones. If you’re being calorie conscious, you can always opt for salad and sides or the hearty seafood soup, to ease some of the dieting guilt while enjoying chimaek at the same time.
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Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory (Somerset)
Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory (Bedok)
799 New Upper Changi Road, #02-05/06,
Sun – Thu 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm