88 Chicken is a Korean-style fried chicken restaurant located in Singapore. It’s been gaining popularity for its crispy and delicious fried chicken.
88 Chicken @ The Venue Shoppes, Singapore
88 Chicken is located at The Venue Shoppes, along 2 Tai Thong Crescent street. This area is known for its mix of residential and commercial properties.
One of the great things about 88 Chicken is its accessibility. The area is easily accessible by public transportation, with the Potong Pasir MRT station located nearby, as well as several bus stops. The nearest bus stop is the Sant Ritz 60209 bus stop.
The restaurant itself has a cozy and neighbourly feel, with wooden tables and chairs and soft lighting that creates a warm and inviting ambiance. The restaurant is rather small and can’t accommodate many patrons at once. It plays Korean music in the background, adding to the overall Korean experience.
Now, let’s talk about the food. 88 Chicken specialty is, of course, their fried chicken, which comes in three different flavours – original, spicy (yang nyeom), and soy. Other than fried chicken, they also serve a variety of Korean stews, pancakes, Ginseng chicken, tteokbokki (rice cakes), ramen, and a range of finger foods.
To start your meal, 88 Chicken offers traditional Korean side dishes – pickled white radish and kimchi. The white radish, also known as daikon, is typically served in square cubes, but at 88 Chicken, it comes in large irregular pieces. Despite its unconventional shape, the radish still has the same mild and refreshing taste that pairs well with the fried chicken. This is really one of the better pickled white radish that I’ve had!
Meanwhile, the kimchi adds a spicy and tangy flavour to the meal, and its unique fermentation process is believed to have digestive benefits. These side dishes provide a nice contrast to the savoury and crispy chicken. Do note that the side dishes are refillable upon request.
Sundubu Stew (Small) – $15
Korean sundubu stew, also known as soft tofu stew, is a popular Korean comfort food made with soft tofu, seafood, and vegetables in a spicy broth. The stew is traditionally served in a hot stone pot with a cracked egg on top, and it’s a hearty and warming dish that’s perfect for cold weather.
The sundubu stew at 88 Chicken had the unfortunate resemblance to a dish prepared using instant ramen seasonings. The spicy broth lacked the depth and complexity found in homemade stews. While the stew was filling and provided a decent amount of heat, it ultimately failed to impress, resembling a hastily thrown-together meal made from pantry staples rather than a carefully crafted Korean dish.
Soy Boneless (Half) – $23
Moving on to the highlight of the restaurant – the soy boneless chicken – this dish is definitely worth trying! The chicken is freshly fried, as evidenced by the smoke rising from the plate when it was served. The soy sauce coating gave it a deliciously sweet and savoury flavour.
I opted to try their boneless option, as I find eating chicken with bones, especially when it’s hot, too much of a hassle.
However, it’s worth noting that the soy chicken is slightly on the oilier side due to the soy sauce, which was a slight turn-off for me. Despite this, the chicken was juicy and tender, and the flavour provided a nice contrast to the crispy exterior.
I have also tried their yangnyeom chicken during my previous visit, which is the spicy version of their fried chicken. While the spice level was enjoyable and definitely added an extra kick of flavour, I found that the soy chicken was the better of the two. While the yangnyeom chicken was still good, but it didn’t quite live up to the high expectations set by the soy chicken.
Kimchi Pancake – $20
I also tried their kimchi pancake.
The kimchi pancake was fried until crispy on the outside and soft and chewy texture on the inside. It was the perfect balance of salty, spicy, and slightly sour flavours. The pancake was also generously sized, making it great for sharing.
I’ve actually been to 88 Chicken twice now, and my experiences were quite different. The first time I visited was with colleagues, and I have to say the food and service were excellent. I left feeling impressed with the overall experience, hence I decided to pay it a second visit.
However, my second visit to 88 Chicken wasn’t quite as impressive. The food didn’t quite live up to the high standards set during my first visit, and the service wasn’t quite as attentive or friendly. I can’t help but wonder if the Korean owners, who were present during my first visit but weren’t around during my second visit, are the cause for the overall dip in experience. It’s also possible that my initial positive experience at 88 Chicken was influenced by my hunger levels. During my first visit, I was particularly hungry, and this could have contributed to my enjoyment of the food.
Despite the slight dip in experience during my second visit, I still believe that 88 Chicken is a great place to visit if you’re in the area. Just keep in mind that the quality of food and service may vary based on who is running the show during your visit.
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70%: Price (value for money)
75%: Overall Rating
Open daily from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM; 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM