KFC’s tagline may be “finger lickin’ good”, but sometimes you just want to lick something else off your fingers other than the Original Recipe seasoning. These game changers will tantalise your taste buds and leave you craving for more.
Relish by Wild Rocket
501 Bukit Timah Road, #02-01 Cluny Court, Singapore 259760
Upon first bite, the crunch level that truly impressed. The wings’ unassuming chicken rice chilli dipping sauce added a just-right dose of tartness and heat. ($12.80 for six wings)
The sayap penyet, or “smashed” chicken ($6.50 for three pieces), is marinated with a spice mix that includes turmeric and coriander, before being lightly pounded and deep-fried. The wings are served alongside spicy sambal, tempeh (fermented soybean patty), greens and addictive kremes (crumbs from the fried batter). As for as “cheat” meals go, this one is worth every calorie.
Blk 7 Dempsey Rd, #01-02, Singapore 249671
You love your wings fried, and the missus likes hers grilled. Date-night solution: Don Quijote, which cooks up wings both ways. Each serving ($10 for six) comes with a zesty garlic and chilli sauce for double the happiness. Known for its robust tapas selection, this Cervantes-inspired restaurant also does a mean weekend brunch.
57 Jalan Mempurong, Singapore 759057 | 10 Lock Rd, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108938
The biker bar serves six heat levels: Low, Medium, High ($12 for five wings), Sudden Death ($16 for five wings), Ultra Death ($18 for five wings) and Beyond Death ($20 for five wings). Tabasco-y tasting Low and Medium are manageable – and worth the trip to far Sembawang (note: There’s a new location at Gillman Barracks). However, even chilli fiends will be fazed by the blood-red sauce that smothers the Sudden Death wings and above.
No. 5 Emerald Hill
5 Emerald Hill Rd, Singapore 229289
Sure, the tipples at No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar are great but it’s the Cantonese-style wings that keep patrons coming back for more. Each piece is marinated with a fragrant mix of har cheong gai (prawn paste chicken) and Chinese wine before being deepfried. They’re moist, juicy and crisp. If you’re thinking of ordering the largest serving ($18 for 12), bring along a friend or two so there are no snack-ccidents.
Craving some Asian style wings? Seasoned for 12 hours and doublefried to seal in the flavour, Chicken Up’s wings come in two authentic styles: Ganjang Chicken ($12 for four wings), which are smothered in a special soya sauce blend, and Yangnyum ($12 for four wings), coated with a Korean-style sweet chilli sauce. Quench your thirst with a home-brewed fruit-infused Soju or the popular Bingsu (shaved ice) dessert.
Teddy Bear BBQ Chicken Wings
1220 East Coast Parkway, #01-44 East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Singapore 468960
Elsewhere in the world, wings are customary bar food. But on the Red Dot, they’re a common street snack – no booze required. Just look for the stall that’s stacked with rotating skewers of well-oiled, barbecued wings ($1.40 per piece, $4.20 for 3 pieces). Each bite of tender meat and crackling skin is pure satisfaction. We’re drooling already!
5 Simon Rd, Singapore 545893
Often, what makes a wing dish superb is the accompanying sauce. Not at adorable Lola’s Cafe. Instead, its lightly battered Honey Paprika Wings ($10 for eight) are sprinkled with mild paprika powder and complemented with simple lashings of honey. It’s a winner-winner chicken dinner.
Kick off your Sunday Netflix marathon by giving Wingstop a call to order any of its 11 flavours for doorstep delivery. Bestsellers include the tangy Lemon Pepper, the Louisiana Rub with punchy cayenne pepper and the Garlic Parmesan (from $7.43 for six pieces).
Alternatively, Wing Zone lets you transfer its 13 flavours and rubs just about anything on the menu, whether it’s a burger, chicken tenders or fries (from $7.95 for six pieces).
Text: Hazel Joanne Vincent De Paul, The Finder, June 2016
Image: Wingstop’s Facebook page
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