Friday, March 27, 2015

Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory : Chicken, Cream and Cheese

Amidst the competitive Korean fried chicken scene in Singapore, FRESH chicken is no longer the key to success. 
Bring on the CHEESE, WHIPPED CREAM and the secret weapon--SWEET POTATO.

I wonder if it is due to Singaporeans love for all things creamy and cheese because there are several items of the menu that contains either cheese or cream. One good example is the Nest Snow ($32.90), a bizarre yet wonderfully tasty mountain of Cajun chicken tenders served in a bubbling hot plate of Parmesan, mozzarella and cheddar. To top it all off, a swirl of whipped cream and sprinkles of cheese shavings. 
But Chir Chir (pronounced chee-ru chee-ru) does not stop at that. It had secretly ambushed a lump of mash SWEET POTATO beneath the chickens. There was no way one could escape from the intense cheesy-ness of this dish, but the presence of something sweet pulled your senses back into shape. If this was spiced with Chilli flakes, I think I'll be weeping at its culinary blasphemy.

Signature Crispy Fried Chicken $26.90 (Served with salsa and honey mustard sauce)

Crispy, Garlicky and Spicy. These are the three basic types of chicken that you can and should try at Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory, an authentic South Korean franchise that deep-fry the chicken wings, whole chicken or chicken tenders only UPON ORDER. 

I can't complain about the freshness of the meat since it uses FRESH chicken and not FROZEN ones. Marinated with in-house seasoning for 6 hours, these are the type of chicken that you can eat a dozen in a sitting--perfectly crunchy, tasty and intoxicating. In fact, the original is my favourite amongst all dishes. 
Spicy Wings! with Sweet Potato and Fried Toppoki
Garlicky Wings! with Sweet Potato and Fried Toppoki
Bite into the Spicy Wings ($28.90) and your tongue starts to sizzle a little before the sugar sweeps in and goes, "Mmmmm....sweet!" But the spice levels can still really pack "a real punch" for non-spicy eaters so their Garlicky Wings ($28.90) might be generally the safer choice as they delivered the results easily with a simple yet delicious soy sauce glaze. Yet what surprised me the most was the addition of roasted sweet potatoes and fried Toppoki that lent some balance to the textures and flavors. 
Garlic Roasted Chicken served with Salt Baked Egg, Salsa, Baked Potato ($32.90) 
All the portions are incredibly filling and thus highly ideal for sharing. This is no exception for their Garlic Roasted Chicken--One WHOLE CHICKEN that is marinated for 12 hours before being oven-roasted to succulent perfection. 

I loved the slightly charred black bits, which imbued a sexy smokiness not found in the fried chicken wings. But my wild guess is that I would love the Spicy BBQ Roasted more as the garlic sauce is rather gloopy and sweet. Plus I am biased towards anything spicy. 
The chicken is not their only selling point. The salads, or more precisely, fruit salads, are so sweet that they could pass off as desserts. The Honey Grape Salad ($18.90) is a unique combination of walnuts, pine nuts, almonds and fluffy dollops of home-made ricotta and whipped cream. When you tossed everything together and scooped some onto the crispy baked Tortilla that is laced with honey and minced garlic, all the different flavors and textures began to mingle in a mouthful delight. 
The secret to the deliciousness of this Mango Salad ($11.90) is because there is more than just the juicy sweet mango. There is something crunchy, something leafy and something tangy from the yoghurt dressing that makes this a vibrant plate full of perky flavors that would rejuvenate any jaded taste buds. 
What cannot be missed with fried chicken is a jar of solid good draught beer. Topped with lightly sweetened whipped cream, the Chir Cream Beer ($13.90 for 350ml / $18.90 for 650ml) is meant to inspire a re-enactment of a loving Korean drama scene in which the male partner helps to clean up the "cream" moustache on the girls' upper lips. 

Other signature tipples include the Tok! Tok! ($14.90non-alcoholic/$18.90 alcoholic per jug), a range of sweet cocktails that can be infused with soju for a boozy kick. I prefer the Passion Yellow  to the Blue Marine as the former is less sugary with a bright sour taste.
Fear not about getting your hand phones dirty while you juggle between snapping photos and eating your chicken because Chir Chir has thoughtfully provided a special tongs that helps you shred the meat off the bones. But yes, you can still enjoy the wings with your fingers like me if you are struggling with the tools. Why not? It's still the best way to enjoy the finger-licking good chicken! 

2nd outlet at Bedok Point is now open! Catch the chicken before it runs away!

Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory
313 Orchard Road #B3-04/05/06
Singapore 238895
Tel: 6509 8364
Sunday to Thursday 10am-10pm
Friday to Saturday 10am-11pm
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