NeNe Chicken

November 29, 2014 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

NeNe Chicken
1 Vista Exchange Green
#01-24 Star Vista

2 Orchard Link
#02-39 *Scape

311 New Upper Changi Road
#02-02 Bedok Mall

80 Marine Parade Road
#B1-87 Parkway Parade

33 Sengkang West Avenue
#B2-10 The Seletar Mall


https://www.facebook.com/nenechickensingapore


The Yes Yes Korean Sauce Fried Chicken Experience

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 6
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $10 per person.


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Founded in Korea in 1999, the popularity of their signature Korean style sauce fried chicken has seen NeNe Chicken franchises blossom worldwide. Since opening its 1st outlet in Singapore the Star Vista mall in December 2012, NeNe Chicken, whose name means 'Yes Yes' in Korea, has consistently drawn long queues for its tasty, affordable fast food.

Ambience at NeNe Chicken is akin to other fast food franchises, with colourful, modern looking furniture that is packed tightly within the small floor space of its outlets. And just like other fast food joints, there is a slight uncleanliness of scruff marks and litter that sometimes dot the tables. The menu board is large, attractive and colouful, though I find the lack of detail uncomforting.

Service at NeNe Chicken is fast food style self service, where you order, make payment, and collect your order at the counter. You're also encouraged to clear your waste when done, as staff take quite some time to clear dirty tables. I do find staff rather knowledgeable if you ask them general questions about the food or menu. But I like that they're probably the 1st fast food franchise to provide hygiene items like plastic gloves!

Food at NeNe Chicken revolves around their Korean style sauce fried chicken, using cuts such as wings, thighs, tenders / strips, or drumlets. Portions are sufficient for 1 person, and generally cost less than SGD $10 per meal. I love that they offer a good variety of sauces for their fried chicken, which makes repeat visits worthwhile.


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It may be fast food, but they've set a new standard for hygiene items, by providing free Plastic Gloves, Wet Napkin, Plastic Teaspoon for meals. Considerate!

Plastic Gloves, Wet Napkin, Plastic Teaspoon



Each NeNe Chicken Set Meal (SGD $6.90 - $9.90) typically includes a NeNe Chicken Drink, usually a soft drink of some kind, and sour, tangy Kkakdugi / Cubed Pickled Daikon Radish, along with Buffalo Sticks, and your choice of Korean sauce fried chicken. You can also choose to swap out 1 side dish for a Coleslaw, which features crabmeat!

NeNe Chicken Set Meal


NeNe Chicken Set Meal


Kkakdugi / Cubed Pickled Daikon Radish


Coleslaw


NeNe Chicken Drink



I love the crisp, thin, Buffalo Sticks! The taste calls to mind the familiar taste of A & W Curly Fries, tasting exactly the same! Good potato flavour, hot, crunchy, lovely!

Buffalo Sticks



The Original Crispy Chicken With Honey Mustard is a star on the menu. Juicy, moist chicken meat, and a crisp, crunchy, savoury skin, with fat that peels away easily. Paired with a tangy, slightly sour, slightly sweet honey mustard sauce that wakes the palate, totally delicious! I love that it's not too oily, and tastes fresh! Highly recommended!

Original Crispy Chicken With Honey Mustard



The popular Swicy Chicken is doused with a sticky, sweet and sour sauce, with a mild hint of spice, and a garnish of black and white sesame seeds. I like that the meat is juicy without being dry, and the skin remains crisp for some time despite being completely covered with sauce. Very good!

Swicy Chicken



Loved the Soy Chicken, with its moist tender meat, and skin that still retains a crispy texture despite being coated in a savoury salty soy sauce. Not too intense, the balance is just right, and didn't leave me feeling tasty. Rather addictive too, each bite of the delicious chicken meat makes you want to keep eating!

Soy Chicken



I struggled with the Green Onion Tenders. On one hand, I liked the moist, meaty chunks of chicken, with crisp skin and a fresh burst of spring onions. But the salty soy sauce coating the chicken left me feeling very thirsty after the meal. Would be better if the sauce was served separately. Update Apr-2016: This flavour has been discontinued, and is no longer available on the menu.

Green Onion Tenders



Oh gosh the pain. The aptly named Freaking Hot Chicken is suitably hot and dangerous, whose bright red colour and wiff of spicy heat hits you even before you dig in. And when you do, the sticky hot sauce clings to everything, like a tsunami of mouth numbing heat that hurts, and the burn builds till you can't continue anymore. Recommended only for those who can endure extremely spicy food, or those who wish to challenge themselves!

Freaking Hot Chicken



Named for its serving portion of chicken winglets and drumlets, the Bulgogi Wings & Sticks (SGD $22.90) is a unique flavour, only available in this form. The chicken meat is moist, and easily eaten with fingers, but the real star is the sticky, sweet and savoury Korean style sauce, with a deep flavour of roasting / grilling, and garlic. Fragrant and delicious, it's worth ordering this 18 piece box to share!

Bulgogi Wings & Sticks 01


Bulgogi Wings & Sticks 02



I felt the Snowing Cheese Tenders looked rather underwhelming, as the portion seems small. I also felt that they could have been more generous with the sprinkling of cheese. But it's tasty, with the sharpness and fragrance of cheese, and the meat is moist and juicy. Pretty good, but small in portion. Update Apr-2016: This flavour has been discontinued, and is no longer available on the menu.

Snowing Cheese Tenders






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