Chai Chee Seafood Restaurant on Changi Road

Chai Chee Seafood
359 Changi Road
Singapore 419821
Reservations: +65 6841 2002

Opening Hours
1130am to 1130pm Daily

Halalicious rating: 8.6/10
Average spend per pax: S$49
Recommended dishes: chilli crab, kangkong belacan, salted egg sotong 

***Edited to add: Hey guys, the good folks at Chai Chee Seafood have contacted me to say some of the prices in their menus have changed, so the prices in my review might be outdated, and I’ve also had to take down pictures of the old menu. Please take note, and don’t fret my beautiful readers, price changes are a part of life! ūüôā As long as the food remains worth paying for, it’s all good fam ***

So I was mad craving some seafood the other day, and I don’t mean like fish and chips. I’m talkin’ roll up your sleeves, get ALL your fingers dirty, eating to the point of pain, all-out seafood marathon. So I dragged my loyal lunch buddy to a seafood feast at Chai Chee Seafood, near Eunos.

Here’s a lowdown of the dishes we got, one by one:

  • Kangkong Belacan (S$10 for medium)

Chai Chee Seafood Kangkong

Chai Chee Seafood Kangkong Belacan

Kangkong Belacan Verdict: LOVED IT. It was so perfect you guys. The belacan taste was strong (which I like), and the kangkong was perfectly coated in the slightly spicy sauce. Each bite was super juicy and flavourful. 10/10

  • Thai Style Chicken¬†(S$9 for small)

Chai Chee Seafood Thai Style Chicken

Chai Chee Seafood Thai Chicken

Thai style chicken verdict: This was my least favourite dish of the night. The chicken batter was very dense and uneventful, whereas I prefer my batter light and crispy. The chicken meat itself was a little dry, and to be honest the Thai sauce wasn’t memorable either. Save your stomach space for the seafood, folks! 6/10

  • Salted Egg Sotong/Squid in Small (S$9)

Chai Chee Seafood Salted Egg Yolk Squid

Chai Chee Seafood Salted Egg Sotong

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG

Salted egg sotong verdict: YOU GUYS. This. I mean, it was so good. Loved it for real. The batter was light and fluffy, with a decent salted egg taste. The curry leaves were DIVINE – crispy, and flavourful. The squid itself also tasted very fresh, which I was slightly surprised by. Most places tend to take the freshness of the seafood not very seriously, especially if it’s going to be coated/camouflaged in batter (think of all the bad calamari you’ve had). Thankfully, Chai Chee seafood isn’t one of those places. The salted egg squid was delicious. My only gripe is that it isn’t a creamy sauce. I love when they do a real, creamy, sinful, salted egg sauce instead of the batter version. 9/10

  • Chilli Crab in Small (S$50)
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OH MYYYYY. CORIANDER I LOVVVVVE.

Chai Chee Seafood Chilli Crab

Drooling all over my desk, you guys.

Chilli crab verdict: The sauce was very spicy, and very shiok! However, it had a lot of “bits” in it, so you’d find yourself crunching on chilli seed or some other unidentifiables when you try to sip the sauce – let’s assume they’re veggies. Also it didn’t have that signature chilli crab sauce taste. I’m not quite cure how to describe it. All I can think of is, while the sauce was very delicious, I don’t necessarily think it’s the usual chilli crab sauce. The crab portion was way generous though, so my friend and I had a field day. 9.5/10

Oh, oh, AND! I think it was a female crab because it had LOADS of that orange roe. I ate it all, folks. All. It was delicious and my cholesterol is probably at 5000 now. (Deliberately chose a large number because frankly I don’t even know what the healthy/unhealthy range is).

Chai Chee Seafood Chilli Crab Mantou

Is that orange thing peeking out the roe? Because if it isn’t I just ate a bunch of nasty innards I wasn’t supposed to eat ūüė¶

Chai Chee Seafood Mantou Buns

The fluffy mantou buns that can be ordered separately from the chilli crab, at a mere S$1.50 for 4 pieces! But we were given 5, so I guess the kitchen loves us.

Chai Chee Seafood Chilli Crab Overview

A hasty #flatlay of the table, taken mid-meal. Note the 5 mantou buns.

All in all, I really had a great time at Chai Chee Seafood, and would definitely come back! For all that we ordered and ate, I think the prices are reasonable. Service was very quick and efficient, without being brusque. At one point my friend ordered another can drink, but her hands were covered in chilli crab sauce, so she meekly asked our waiter if he could help her open the tab. He gave a good natured laugh, proceeded to pull the drink tab and poured it into the cup for her! Service is not dead, people.

We went on a Tuesday evening so it wasn’t very full at all. There were probably only 3 groups of diners. There is plenty of seating though, both indoor (air-conditioned) and outdoor. I reckon it would be a great place for family seafood feasts! Also don’t worry, they have a sink if you want to wash your hands after destroying all the seafood on your plate, plus washrooms too. You’re sorted, guys.

The website’s menu section doesn’t really list out the prices of the items, plus I don’t think it’s a comprehensive listing, but I’m sure you will find the prices are reasonable for the quality of the food that you’re getting!

Chai Chee Seafood
359 Changi Road
Singapore 419821
Reservations: +65 6841 2002

Opening Hours
1130am to 1130pm Daily

Halalicious rating: 8.6/10
Average spend per pax: S$49
Recommended dishes: chilli crab, kangkong belacan, salted egg sotong 

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Watsub at East Village

WATSUB SG
#01-12 East Village
430 Upper Changi Road
Singapore (487048)
Tel: +65 8130 2323

Opening Hours
Mon : Closed
Tue – Thu : 10:00am – 9:00pm
Fri : 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Sat – Sun : 10:00am – 9:00pm

Halalicious Rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$10
Recommended dish: Pulled Beef Sandwich!

Hello everyone! Are you guys on Netflix yet? IT IS AMAZING. I’ve wasted probably half my life on Making A Murderer. It’s a gripping reality/documentary show about this guy Steven Avery who was exonerated after serving 18 years in prison for a wrongful rape conviction, only to be accused of murder while he was trying to sue the county for said wrongful conviction. Isn’t that crazy? It’s major. Please get on the monthly $11-17 plans STAT.

Now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you guys about Watsub, this amazing halal sandwich shop I went to last weekend! I happened to be at the Simpang Bedok area with my friends (ok full disclosure, we were doing afternoon karaoke!! Oh the shame! ūüė¶ ) so we we were trying to pick out a dinner spot from the myriad options at East Village, and we ended up at Watsub!

Watsub Logo

Watsub Sandwich Pictures

YASSSS CIABATTA FOR DAYSSSS

It’s a pretty¬†cosy joint that can fit maybe 15 people, but they also have outdoor seating so never fear!

Watsub Interior

Watsub Opening Hours

Closed on Mondays, open 3pm on Fridays to accommodate Friday prayers yay, and 10am opening on all other days ūüôā

Based on their Facebook page, it seems they’ve been open since about April 2015. Gosh that’s a full 9 months ago, and I’m only finding out about them now! This is the life of a Westsider folks. Anyway here’s a look at the menu:

Watsub Menu

Watsub Menu 2

Not only regular sandwiches, but sliders and quesadillas! YUM.

So first Step 1 they make you choose your bread type (unless you’re getting the non-sandwich options like the sliders, chilli dog, or quesadilla):

Watsub Bread

The selection that Saturday comprised sesame, multigrain, ciabatta, or focaccia

Then Step 2 you tell them what you want from the menu, and they’ll pick the meat/fillings from there:

Watsub Meat

Watsub Counter

You can see them preparing some ciabatta with turkey ham and slices of cheese. CHEEEEESSSSSE YUMMMMM

And Step 3 you choose your sauce:

Watsub Sauces

Why would you even choose anything other than smoked chipotle, GOSH (ok fine I think the trio mustard would taste pretty damn awesome with the roast beef sammich)

Watsub Prep

A closer look

And finally Step 4 you choose the vegetables to ruin accompany your meat fillings:

Watsub Veggie

EEEEE onions please step to the left.

You can also choose to top up S$2.50 for a Combo Meal which includes a soft drinks, and a choice of (a) Mushroom Soup, (b) Roasted Potatoes and (c) Tortilla Chips with Salsa.

Watsub Combo Meal

Watsub self service drinks

Gotta work for that self-service drank

After an eternity of deliberating I went for the Pulled Beef Sandwich (S$8.50) on ciabatta bread, with smoked Chipotle sauce and some colourful bell peppers as my veggie. I also ponied up the additional S$2.50 for a combo meal, opting for the mushroom soup and a can of Heaven & Earth mango tea.

Watsub Mushroom Soup

YUMMMMMM this soup is like the anti-Campbell soup. 10/10

Watsub Meal

That’s my pulled beef sandwich right there on the left.

Watsub Pulled Beef

Tadah! Looks like a leathery hide, but trust me it was delish.

So this masterpiece was an absolute delight. According to the Watsub website, the Pulled Beef is their signature sandwich, using meat that has been cooked for over 8 hours and left to steep in its own juices for. Just, tremendous.

I bit into it ravenously and found the shredded beef meat exceptionally tender, juicy, and flavourful, particularly when complimented with the heaty, smokey Chipotle sauce. (I had to Google this – Chipotle sauce is made from chipotle chillies, mayo, cumin, cilantro, salt, Greek yoghurt) YUM. I cannot get the juiciness of the tender meat out of my mind – even describing it here alone makes me SO HUNGRY for it. 10/10

One of my friends went for the Meatball Sliders (S$8.50), which consisted of 3 mini beefball burgers:

Watsub Sliders

She chose onion and tomatoes (UGH)

Watsub Beef Slider

A cross-section. Look how juicy the meatball is!!

So I had to artfully bite around the onion so as to avoid it, and YES I loved what I tasted. The meatball was really very tender, and flavourful on its own. I loved that. The buns were soft and basically it was a very juicy bite for me. My issue with regular meatball subs is that the meatballs tend to run around in the sandwich so you get pockets of empty bread, but with these carefully apportioned sliders, you really get the perfect bread/meat ratio. 10/10

Our other friend opted for the Chilli Dog (S$5.90) which consists of a chicken sausage hotdog with chilli con carne (which just means chilli with meat in Spanish) and cheese!

Watsub Chilli Dog

My friend added the jalape√Īos, yum!

I liked this too you guys! The chilli con carne taste was quite strong, which meant it was very delicious and savoury. The sauce is also slightly heaty for a mini kick. I thought the bun was a little too soft – perhaps another bun with slightly less give and a little more chewiness? But hey for S$5.90 I sure like what I’m getting ūüôā 9/10

My friend got the roasted potatoes as her Combo Meal side:

Watsub Roasted Potatoes

Mm I thought these were ok – pretty standard roasted rosemary potatoes (I love all potatoes) but I reckon the mushroom soup is tastier if you don’t need the extra potato carbs to fill you up. 8/10

So that’s it for the food. I love this place and will DEF try to come back more often! I will leave you guys with photos of the decor:

Watsub Decor 1

Watsub Coke 2

Novelty Coca-Cola cans with “Encik” and “Abang”! SO CUTE.

Watsub Coke 1

Novelty cans with “Atuk” and “Nenek” (grandpa and grandmawww)

WATSUB SG
#01-12 East Village
430 Upper Changi Road
Singapore (487048)
Tel: +65 8130 2323

Opening Hours
Mon : Closed
Tue – Thu : 10:00am – 9:00pm
Fri : 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Sat – Sun : 10:00am – 9:00pm

Working Title at Arab St

Working Title
48 Arab St
Singapore 199749
Tel: +65 6298 8721
Online Reservations: Click Here

Opening Hours
Mon-Thu: 11am to 10pm
Fri: 11am to 11pm
Sun: 10am to 11pm

Halal status: Halal-certified!! (As of 13 Dec 2016)
Halalicious rating: 9/10
Average Spend per pax: S$22
Recommended dishes: Truffle tater tot (S$10),¬†Chicken ‘n’ Waffles ($16),¬†Fowl Play Burger (S$17)

In the past couple of years there has been a burgeoning of halal caf√©s in the Arab St and Kampong Glam area, much to my and my friends’ delight. It’s a great staple in my life, and I hope all the establishments remain open in the years to come.

So this past weekend my friend and I had a staycation at Parkroyal on Pickering, next to Hong Lim food centre.¬†Have you guys had a chance to check it out? It’s AMAZING. I LOVE the hotel; the architecture is stunning and the eco vibes are sophisticated without being Birkenstocky. It’s very tranquil and relaxing, but I would not recommend bringing kids or having a huge family staycay there. The vibes I get are more couples and small groups of friends who want to get some respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

ANYWAY I digress. So we went to Working Title, which also doubles up as a backpackers/boutique hostel on the second floor, so dining patrons get to enjoy extra perks such as quirky decor, and free WiFi!

Working Title - Floppy Disk

Cafe and Wifi details on a floppy disk!! How charming and recyclish.

You can check out the menu online here, or you can also flip through the photos of the menu I took below:


For starters, my friend and I decided to share the Truffle Tater Tots (S$10), because who doesn’t love these cute buds of mini hash browns seasoned with parmesan and truffle oil?! Here’s a look:

Working Title - Truffle Tater Tots

Served in a dimsum steamer basket!

Working Title - Truffle Tater Tots 3

Yummm cheeeeeese

Ugh guys, these were SO crispy and fluffy!!! I loved the parmesan shavings, which add extra flavour, and I wished they had had more of it. I know, so greedy. I did think the truffle taste was a little weak, so maybe that’s something they can work on for future batches of their tater tots. Thankfully, the texture was super on point, and the parmesan helped round up the taste of the tater tots. Can I also just say, you get A WHOLE LOT of tater tots for just S$10, which I think makes it great value for money. I think the serving size is good for 2 very hungry diners, or 3 normal eaters.¬†8.5/10

For my mains I ordered the Chicken ‘n’ Waffles ($16), which are only available on their weekend brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays till 5pm. This dish features pan-fried chicken thigh seasoned lightly¬†with cayenne pepper, garlic and paprika, served on belgian waffles with honey. You also get a small shot of hot sauce on the side, together with some mesclun greens:

Working Title - Chicken 'n' Waffles

MMMMMM chikinnnnnnn

Working Title - Chicken Waffles

OMG chicken yummmm

Ok so I’ve never had chicken and waffles before even though I dream about it all the time (maybe in another like I was a southern belle). I’ve seen many, many un-halal versions of it, but they all used battered fried chicken, so this unbattered version was new for me. I have to say, I LOVED it.

I’m not naturally a person who likes sweet and savoury at the same time, but the combination of salty chicken, sweet waffle, and tangy hot sauce, worked perfectly. I wasn’t sure it would, especially since I’m not the biggest fan of Tabasco sauce, but it was delicious. The mesclun greens (with shiitake mushrooms eww) can step aside. 9/10

My friend ordered the Fowl Play Burger (S$17), which consisted of a chicken patty with smoked duck and topped with crispy turkey bacon, cheddar, and greens with sriracha sauce.

Working Title - Fowl Play Burger

My friend was really happy with the triple-fowl threat. Firstly of all the turkey bacon was so perfectly crispy and delicious, but I must caution against eating it on its own. I was given a whole strip to eat and without the brioche and other meats to accompany it, it felt terribly sinful and way too rich. Second of all, the chicken was crispy on the outside and flavourful. Thirdly, the smoked duck was also a treat, adding a slightly different texture and taste to the mix. I would say 9/10 for the fowl play.

All in all, I would definitely recommend Working Title. It’s rather no frills – you order and pay up at the counter, you get your own water and cutlery, and you help yourself to a counter of sauces if you want anything beyond what is served. But in return, you don’t get levied any GST or service charge! The staff are pretty cheery and accommodating. It was a little dark inside the cafe, but I suppose that’s “mood-lighting” for you. The food is GREAT, and I definitely see myself coming back here to try more burgers and apps! (appetizers)

Working Title
48 Arab St
Singapore 199749
Tel: +65 6298 8721
Online Reservations: Click Here

Opening Hours
Mon-Thu: 11am to 10pm
Fri: 11am to 11pm
Sun: 10am to 11pm

Halal status: Halal-certified!! (As of 13 Dec 2016)
Halalicious rating: 9/10
Average Spend per pax: S$22
Recommended dishes: Truffle tater tot (S$10),¬†Chicken ‘n’ Waffles ($16),¬†Fowl Play Burger (S$17)

Victory at North Bridge Road

Victory Restaurant
701 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198677
Tel: +65 6298 6955 or +65 6298 3502

Opening Hours
7am to 11pm daily

Last Saturday I went to Arab St – not for Arabic class at Al Markaz,¬†because I haven’t gotten my exam results yet and therefore do not know if I can advance to the next level (maybe I failed boohoo!!! Ugh). Instead, I went to run errands with my mum, before heading to my favourite Victory Restaurant for some grub.

Victory was established literally over a century ago in 1910, and has been a staple of the Arab St/Kampong Glam neighbourhood since. My family has been quite partial to Victory in lieu of its rival neighbour Zam Zam, so this will not be a comparison post, although I hear the murtabak at Zam Zam is tougher than Victory’s. (Gosh is this another Puncak vs Cahaya?) Anyway we sat upstairs in the airconditioned dining area and had our orders taken by this elderly and diligent Indian uncle I’ve seen several times in the past.

Here’s a look at the menu:

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Which other establishment offers 5-6 tiers of pricing for their murtabak!!

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Dranks not very visible, sorry!

I got my usual small Beef Murtabak (S$5) with no onion (yuck):

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Yehhmeeeeee look at the beef spilling out

So I love this, right. It’s always so delicious. There are some purists who will tell me either that (a) it tastes infinitely better with onion, or (b) that chicken murtabak is the real signature at Victory. My response is, feel free to order that while I eat the version that I prefer,¬†thank you. ¬†Anyway the murtabak here is¬†really good. They are very generous with the meat filling, and the dough is crispy at some parts and tender at others. The curry that accompanies the murtabak is also tasty and slightly spicy – I usually drink a couple of spoonfuls of the curry alone right after my food arrives, because it’s so good. 9/10

My mum ordered the Mutton Briyani (S$6.50):

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The cucumber in tomato sauce came with the murtabak, but I readily offered it up to my mum since I’m not naturally a raw vegetable type of person.

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A closer look

According to my mum the briyani here is usually really good but for some reason that day the mutton was weird and rather dry/grainy. I didn’t taste it because I’m not the biggest fan of briyani (omg except for the one I had at this Pakistani hole-in-the-wall family establishment called Khushbu in London, on Osborne St near the entrance of Brick Lane further ahead! LIFE-CHANGING BRIYANI. Please have it if you’re headed to London sometime.)

Back to the Briyani at Victory though, my mum barely finished it, which is sad. I will conisder this an exception since she eats the Victory briyani every couple of weeks or so, and it’s mostly been delicious in the past.

Anyway bad briyani or not, I will definitely keep coming back here to Victory to enjoy their cheap and delicious murtabak. It is a pity they don’t open past 11pm to cater to the supper crowds, but I guess you can walk down North Bridge Road to The Ramen Stall for that!

Victory Restaurant
701 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198677
Tel: +65 6298 6955 or +65 6298 3502

Opening Hours
7am to 11pm daily

 

Tang Tea House at Simpang Bedok

Tang Tea House
355 Bedok Road
Singapore 469545
Tel: +65 6445 9100

Opening hours
11am to 4am daily

So last Friday a bunch of my friends and I played floorball at Valhall, this place in Kallang that has floorball courts you can rent for between S$40-S$80 per hour depending on your booking times. It was pretty harrowing for me at the beginning since I’d only played it once in school when I was 17 I think :/¬†Thankfully things picked up after the first hour, and it became way more fun! You guys should try it with a big group – they rent sticks out for S$5 too!

One ungraceful fall and four leg bruises later, I was a happy and sweaty camper on my way to Simpang Bedok for supper. Everyone was still full from dinner before floorball and just got drinks, but I had worked up a bit of appetite,  so I ordered a couple of items off the dim sum menu.

The first was my staple Golden Sand Bun (S$4.50 for 3):

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UGH YUMMYYYYY. They were so, so good. I think Tang Tea House and Kowloon Express have the best halal salted egg custard buns in Singapore! I tried the ones at Enak (on the Spize side of Simpang Bedok) and the consistency of the salted egg custard filling was way off. I could even feel the granules of sugar in the custard, ugh. Thankfully, the ones at Tang Tea House are always amazing. Very creamy, sweet and salty, and way delicious. The buns themselves are soft and fluffy, with a smooth coating on the outside. Delish. 10/10 always. Have a look at the inside:

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YUMMMM I WANT SOME NOWWW ūüė¶

My second dim sum item was the Mango Sesame Prawn (S$6.40 for 3 pieces):

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YOMMEHHHHH

ALSO delicious! These plump prawns, together with some mango sauce, are wrapped in a crispy flour coating sprinkled with generous amounts of browned sesame seeds. SUPER yummy. The taste of the sesame, mango sauce, and prawns, combine to form a party in my mouth. I love this. Please try soon! 9/10

Well that was all I had that night (to be fair it was 2am), so I can’t review much else, but I do love the other things here like the Seafood Fried Tang Hoon (S$6). By the way, they do takeaways too, so what I do sometimes is call ahead when I’m 10 mins away and order like 2 packs of the Golden Sand Buns, and when I get there the buns are ready to go! Perf.

I also read that Tang Tea House now has a prayer space for guests who wish to pray while waiting for their food, etc, so that’s really great.

The menu is available online here, but you can also click through the gallery below:

Tang Tea House
355 Bedok Road
Singapore 469545
Tel: +65 6445 9100

Opening hours
11am to 4am daily

 

4 Fingers at Orchard Gateway

4 Fingers
#01-04/05 Orchard Gateway
218 Orchard Road
Singapore 238851

Opening Hours
Sun-Thu: 11am Р10pm
Fri, Sat and Eve of PH: 11am – 11pm

**Edited to add: 4 Fingers Orchard Gateway is now certified halal, after a few months of working towards certification! You can verify from the MUIS’ list of halal-certified establishments¬†(if this link doesn’t work, click here and select the list from the column on the left, under Consumer!) **

Mini-review for you guys today, but first, Happy New Year! I hope you managed to catch up on some sleep and fully recharge so you can hit the ground running in 2016. I made sure I stayed home all weekend last Sat & Sun, and it was the best thing ever! Super restorative.

So remember when I watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens? After the movie, my friend and I were feeling fairly peckish, despite my having had a pre-movie dinner at Eighteen Chefs. By the time we left Cathay Cineleisure,¬†it was already 1030pm and not a lot of places were open for supper.¬†We walked over dejectedly to the MRT station and lo! We realised 4 Fingers was still open! I love 4 Fingers, and I think it’s the best fast food chicken around, after Arnold’s Chicken! (Another review for another time)

You can check out their menu here¬†but the online version is useless since it does not have any pricing. Here’s a photo I took of their large standing menu from the Orchard Gateway Branch:

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They serve their chicken in 2 types of sauces – soy garlic, and hot. My personal preference is the hot one, as the soy garlic is a little too salty for me, so I got their speciality – 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken Wings/Drumettes (S$9.95), which comes with a side of fries and a soda.

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OMG YUM I can’t think of anything I’d want to have more at 1030pm on a Friday night

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A closer angle

The fries were adequate; I do have a slight preference for thicker-cut fries, but these were decent. THE CHICKEN THOUGH!!! So tasty and crispy!! I don’t know how they do it, but the skin is always so crispy. I like that the chicken isn’t absolutely drenched in the hot sauce, so you won’t have too much of a mess on your fingers at the end of the meal. Instead, you have the sauce lightly coating some parts of the chicken, leaving it delightfully crispy. I wouldn’t say the hot sauce is terribly spicy, but it’s pleasantly savoury and just the tiniest bit sweet.¬†10/10 on the strength of the chicken.

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Princess Leia unceremoniously digging into a plate of chicken wingggssssss. I love.

So they have 5 outlets as far as I know – one in Ion Orchard at B4, one in Plaza Singapura at B1, one in Changi Airport T3 at B1, one in Westgate on the second floor, and finally this one in Orchard Gateway at B1. Go get them!! They also do large takeaway boxes – we’ve pre-ordered a box of 100 wings (S$99.95) for a house party before, THE DREAM.

4 Fingers
#01-04/05 Orchard Gateway
218 Orchard Road
Singapore 238851

Opening Hours
Sun-Thu: 11am Р10pm
Fri, Sat and Eve of PH: 11am – 11pm