Arnold’s Fried Chicken at Yishun is a Singaporean brand; Jollibee at Lucky Plaza is from Philippines; and Ssiksin Chicken at Nex sells Korean-styled chicken although it is under a local company, MOF Group.
We love all three chicken; they are good in different ways. But if we are forced to rank them, Ssiksin Chicken (above) is at a disadvantage because it has an advantage. It has the unfair advantage of being covered with an addictive Korean sweet-spicy sauce, almost too sweet. The smallest portion ($9) is already quite a big portion, 2 humongous parts, equivalent to the size is half a small chicken. It doesn’t feel very fresh but the skin remains crispy, and it is very shiok right to the end.
The second place goes to Jollibee. You’d imagine the craze has died but it hasn’t. The queue is still long. The chicken (about $7-$8 a set) is so moist inside, so tender, and so, so fat. It’s like in Jollibee’s dictionary, there is no such word as “heart attack.”
Our favorite has got to be Arnold’s chicken. It’s halal. The queue is always long. A man bought an entire chicken to eat by himself but it’s a place without judgement. The chicken took some time to cook, but it was worth the wait. There is just something magical about the piping hot chicken, as if it’s oil-free, fat-free, guilt-free. I wish they could open more outlets around the country.
Although we rank the chicken, you can see that we couldn’t find any bad things to say about them. That’s because they are all delicious. I’d return to all three of them.
|Arnold’s Fried Chicken
51 Yishun Central 1, Yishun 10 Cinema Cineplex #01-04, Singapore 768794
T: +65 6757 7732
304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza 6th floor, Singapore 238863
T: +65 6735 5117, +65 6735 5119, +65 6735 3491, +65 6737 8041
M-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 8am-9pm
23 Serangoon Central, Nex #02-04/06, Singapore 556083
T: +65 6853 5054
Service: 5/10 (although counter service, food comes v. slowly)
Ambience/Decor: 4/10 (too crowded)
Service: NA (counter service)
Ambience/Decor: 4/10 (smoky)
Service: 8/10 (very good service!)
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.
The review is done undercover. We pay for our meals.