The best halal chicken wings in Singapore

Since I was young I’ve loved chicken wings, and although I now have a more diverse rotation of favourites (sashimi and steak included), chicken wings remain my go-to comfort food.

When I was a kid I’d watch my mum coat them in turmeric before deep frying them to a golden brown, a mixture of fascination and anticipation balling up in me. As a teen I would eat my fill at KFC, before graduating to Pizza Hut’s sweet ‘n spicy drumlets in the twilight of my teenage years.

Now, I pretty much have to sample the chicken wings of any restaurant I go to, provided there aren’t other more pressing items on the menu (salted egg ANYTHING, for instance), so I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of my current favourites!

These halal chicken wings are ranked from best to less best, but the bottom line is they’re all really good. For those who are wondering, the ratings are determined based on the taste, texture, quantity, and price of the wings (and the wings alone).

1. Royz et Vous’ Buffalo Wings

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Image credits: Royz et Vous Facebook Page

The buffalo wings at Royz et Vous are without a doubt the holy grail of halal buffalo wings in Singapore. These bad boys are coated in buffalo sauce made with cili padi (bird’s eye chilli), and manage to be simultaneously crispy and juicy. The sauce is a winning trio of sweet, tangy, and VERY spicy flavours at the same time. It’s satisfyingly shiok. The accompanying sour cream dip will help pare down the fiery sauce for those with a lower tolerance for spicy flavours.

Rating: 10/10 
Price: S$12.90 for 8 pieces

Royz et Vous Specialty Coffee137 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068602, +65 62930270
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm

2. The Malayan Council’s Malayan Wings

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Image credits: The Malayan Council Facebook Page

These Malayan Wings from The Malaysian Council taste reassuringly like homecooked ayam kicap (soy sauce chicken) with some embellishments – the crispy yet juicy wings are garnished generously with chilli seeds, and lie atop a bed of cherry tomatoes and salad leaves (including arugula, which adds a beautiful nutty taste to the sauce). The sauce itself is a skillful balance of peppery, spicy, and savoury flavours. YUMMMM.

Rating: 10/10
Price: S$13 for 8 pieces

The Malayan Council22 Dunlop St, Singapore 209350
Opening Hours: Mon- Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am to 10pm

3. Rasa Istimewa C2K’s Prawn Paste Chicken
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Located at Choa Chu Kang Park, Rasa Istimewa C2K prides itself its specialty item, the prawn paste chicken. It is no wonder that they always get it done just right – the skin is crispy but not too oily, and the meat inside is tender.  The prawn paste flavour is just strong enough for the wings to be satisfying without overwhelming your tastebuds.

Rating: 10/10
Price: S$13 for 8 pieces

Rasa Istimewa C2K, Choa Chu Kang Park, Choa Chu Kang Drive, +65 6877 1913
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-12am, Fri-Sat & Public Holidays: 12pm-1am

4. Penang Culture’s Belacan Wings

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Image credits: GD Group’s Penang Culture web page

Penang Culture’s belacan wings are SO delicious – the skin is beautifully crispy and umami, while the chicken meat within is flavourful and succulent. I’m not sure what sorcery they use, but the wings never taste too oily despite having been deep-fried. There are 4 Penang Culture outlets around, but I usually have these chicken wings at the Changi Airport Terminal 2 location.

Rating: 10/10
Price: S$5.90 for 4 pieces

Penang CultureChangi Airport Terminal 2 Departure, Viewing Mall Level 3, #036-087-01, Singapore 819643, +65 6546 7793
Opening Hours: Daily 1030am-10pm (Last order at 930pm)

5. My Secret Hideout Peachy’s Buffalo Wings

My Secret Hideout Peachy's Buffalo Wings

My Secret Hideout Peachy’s is a hole-in-the-wall on North Bridge Road that specialises in affordable and fuss-free Western fare. Their buffalo wings are lightly coated in a balanced trio of sweet, spicy, and barbecue flavours. Though the chicken itself is not the plumpest, the reasonable price and generous portion make these wings the perfect choice to satisfy any major buffalo wings cravings (case in point – I destroyed a whole plate by myself as a pre-dinner appetiser).

Rating: 9/10
Price: S$8 for 10 pieces

My Secret Hideout Peachy’s – 803A North Bridge Road, Singapore 198771
Opening Hours: Daily 12pm to 1030pm (last order 1030pm)

6. Savoury’s Buffalo Wings

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Savoury at Jalan Kayu serves up a mean platter of buffalo wings coated in thick barbecue sauce that leans towards sweet rather than spicy. The chicken wings are juicy and tasty, with a very attractive price tag to boot. Perfect for those with a lower threshold for spicy food.

Rating: 8.5/10
Price: S$10.80 for 8 pieces

Savoury246 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799470, +65 6752 9288
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 530pm-11pm, Sat-Sun: 1130am-11pm

Special mentions:

4 Fingers – I cannot get enough of their hot drummettes, and will readily eat 15 pieces in one sitting (this I know from experience). For reasons that are beyond me, 4 Fingers chicken has been extremely polarising among my friends – those who hate them are at parity with those who love them; food is so subjective. It’s good to note though that 4 Fingers chicken contains no MSG and no preservatives, so you feel a little less guilty  when inhaling a whole platter of them.

Chicken Supremo – This is a neighbourhood Western food joint at Blk 493, Jurong West St 41 that has been selling life-changing chicken wings and whole spring chickens since I was a wee 5-year-old lass in 1991 (no, don’t calculate!). The same industrious man has been selling the chicken from day one, and now works with a lovely lady partner who is more customer-facing while he cooks away in the back. The chicken wings used to cost S$1 for a full wing (i.e. 2 pieces!), yet now after literally 25 years, the price has risen by a mere 30 cents, to S$1.30. I guess inflation missed this place like Magellan missed the East Indies.

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My Secret Hideout Peachy’s on North Bridge Road

My Secret Hideout Peachy’s
803A North Bridge Road
Singapore 198771

Opening Hours
Daily: 12pm to 1030pm (last order 1030pm)
Notes: Does not take reservations, pay first at the cashier up front, no service charge & no GST

Halalicious Rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$12 including drinks
Recommended dishes: Buffalo Wings (S$8), TBA!

It is no secret to my friends I love the Arab St area – my tailor is there, my Arabic class is there, and of course, all of the good halal food is there! So I was stoked when I had the chance to try yet another halal café in the area, called My Secret Hideout Peachy’s. It used to be called Peachy’s in the Secret Hideout, which is equally unwieldy, but I saw that they announced the name change on their Facebook page towards the end of Feb 2016.

It is a very unassuming hole-in-the-wall on North Bridge Road, about a few units down from The Ramen Stall (read my review of The Ramen Stall here!).

Peachy's Facade

It’s pretty small on the inside but they managed to cram quite a few long tables and booths with mismatched benches/chairs in. I’m not going to lie – it’s really squeezy inside, and the floor is in danger of being an outright slip ‘n slide, but it’s all part of the fun. Please don’t come here expecting anything fancy.

Peachy's Interior

The good-natured manager (in white, facing us) runs the cashier. He’s hearing-impaired so please be nice to him! (But really, just be nice to everyone in general please.)

Peachy's Food Menu

So much choice on the menu!

Peachy's Menu Drinks

Again, a very impressive selection of dranks here

Peachy's Menu Cocktails

They even have mocktails and ice blended drinks here!

Full disclosure – I couldn’t order too much this time as I’d booked myself for TWO dinners that night (I know, gluttony is a sin), but really I just wanted to have my cake and eat it too. So bearing in mind I couldn’t stuff myself at Peachy’s and still enjoy my 2nd dinner, I limited myself to ordering the Buffalo Wings (S$8):

Peachy's Buffalo Wings 1

OMG so many pieces how to finish!!

 

So I was fully expecting 5 pieces of drumlets or mid-joint wings, the way 4 Fingers does it. But NOOOOOO Peachy’s went all out and served me 5 full chicken wings cut into 2, so in total I got 10 pieces. There goes my 2nd dinner plans.

Peachy's Buffalo Wings 2

I have to say I really liked the chicken – the skin was slightly crispy, and coated in just the right amount of sauce so it wasn’t too dry or overly saucy and messy. Granted, the chicken looked a bit anemic and was not the plumpest, but the sauce made up for it. It was spicy and savoury, and not too heaty/smoky. You know how sometimes BBQ/Buffalo wings sauce has too strong a smoky aftertaste? This wasn’t it at all. It was a balanced trio of sweet, spicy and BBQ flavours.

Considering all 10 pieces will only set you back S$8, these bad boys are an outright bargain especially since they taste pretty damn good. 9/10 for the Buffalo Wings. 

My friend opted for the Cheesy Fish & Chips (S$9):

Peachy's Cheesy Fish and Chips

Ugh is coleslaw really necessary? I really don’t like ’em 😦

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OMGGGG look at all that cheeeese YUMMMMM

I had a bite of the fish with the cheese on top and found it delicious! Melty cheese makes everything great. My friend worked her way through the whole plate though, and said that while it was generally pretty good, she didn’t really like the fish itself. It was like every generic frozen fish fillet you’d get from the supermarket. I suppose Peachy’s can’t be expected to serve us the freshest of gourmet fish types at S$9 a plate! So I get it. It’s not the best, but it’s good enough, and it’s cheap.

The fries were average, not amazing but not bad either. We didn’t even bother with the coleslaw, sorry! Overall this dish gets an 8/10.

All in all I feel I would definitely come back to Peachy’s if I’m looking for giant portions at very affordable prices. I did see a lot of students and probably literal millenials (i.e. 16 and younger) the same night I was here. I’m definitely dying to try the Chicken Chop (only S$8) in either mushroom or black pepper sauce, YUM. When I do, you can bet I’ll post a review here too.

My Secret Hideout Peachy’s
803A North Bridge Road
Singapore 198771

Opening Hours
Daily: 12pm to 1030pm (last order 1030pm)
Notes: Does not take reservations, pay first at the cashier up front, no service charge & no GST

Halalicious Rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$12 including drinks
Recommended dishes: Buffalo Wings (S$8), TBA!

The Malayan Council on Dunlop Street

The Malayan Council
22 Dunlop St
Singapore 209350

Opening Hours
Mon to Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sun: 11am to 10pm

Reservations: Facebook message

Halalicious Rating: 8/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$48
Recommended dishes: Malayan Wings, The Ultimate Lopez Cake

Hey guys! I’m sorry for the long absence – I’ve been busy running around town accompanied by Rihanna’s and Kanye’s new albums called ANTI and The Life Of Pablo respectively. SO GOOD. Have you guys checked out the new permanent exhibition at the ArtScience museum called Future World: Where Art Meets Science? It’s fascinating and so entertaining for adults and kids alike. Also been busy watching Peep Show on Netflix, it’s hilarious. What a wondrous time we live in today.

So yesterday I checked out a fairly new restaurant called The Malayan Council, located on Dunlop Street right opposite Masjid Abdul Gafoor, and 4 units down from the erstwhile Rouse.

The Malayan Council - Entrance

The outdoor seating has a ceiling fan to mitigate (but not quite eliminate) the suffocating heat and humidity we’ve been facing lately in March ugh

The Malayan Council - Masjid Abdul Gafoor

Abdul Gafoor Mosque on Dunlop St

The Malayan Council opened its doors to hungry diners in December 2015, boasting a fusion menu that marries western fare with the richness and spices of Malayan cuisine. Burgers are topped with spicy sambal ikan bilis (anchovies in chilli sauce), fish and chips are fried in asam pedas (sour and spicy stew sauce), chicken wings are marinated in kicap cili padi (soy sauce with bird’s eye chilli) and the good old kueh lopes (glutinous rice cake coated in grated coconut and drizzled with palm sugar sauce) is given the modern cake treatment — the list goes on.

Here’s a look at The Malayan Council menu:

The Malayan Council Menu - Starters, Pasta and MainsThe Malayan Council Menu - Brunch Dessert and Drinks

I was heartened to learn from the bottom of their menu that The Malayan Council donates a percentage of their sales to the Muhammadiyah Welfare Home, which provides shelter and 24/7 residential care and protection for boys between the ages of 10 and 19 years. (crying face emoji) I love that they are giving back; much respect guys.

The decor is very cosy and quirky, mixing vintage and Islamic elements. There are packs of Old Maid, Snap, and other old-school card games available by the glasses counter (my friend and I briefly considered playing Old Maid but decided against it since we were only two!). Our table was a re-purposed Carrom table with a glass top and an old sewing machine pedal as the table legs:

The Malayan Council - Carrom Table

I legit kept wanting to flick these pieces absent-mindedly while waiting for our food to arrive. Sorry I didn’t get photos of the sewing pedal!

The Malayan Council - interior decor

Sometimes I forget to say the prayer before eating, so this was a good reminder. Also the WiFi snark! Love it.

The Malayan Council - Jawi Arabic Clock

9pm at first glance but 3pm in actual fact because it’s a reverse clock in Jawi/Arabic numerals. Cute, but also distressing for a split second before you remember it’s in reverse.

My friend and I split the Malayan Wings (S$13) for our starter:

The Malayan Council - Chicken Wings

The Malayan Council - Malayan Wings

Mmmmm yummyyyyy

I really liked these wings; I thought it would be pretty fiery and salty judging by all the chilli seeds on top and the pool of soy sauce underneath the chicken. Thankfully, the flavours were very well-balanced. The kicap sauce was fairly spicy, slightly peppery, and not too salty. The chicken itself was lightly crispy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. I worked my way through 4 pieces and didn’t feel like it was too spicy/salty, so that was good. 10/10

For mains, I had the Salted Egg Softshell Crab and Mudcrab Linguine (S$28):

The Malayan Council - Salted Egg Crab Pasta

They paired two softshell crabs together to look like a giant fried fish atop the linguine

The Malayan Council - Salted Egg Softshell Crab and Mudcrab Linguine

The mudcrab meat portion is way generous

I loved the linguine. Admittedly it was overcooked and not at all al dente, but as a noodle-lover I subjectively did not have a problem with this. The salted egg sauce was not heavy and in-your-face; rather, the linguine was lightly coated in this mild, subtle sauce which did not make me jelak.

On their own, the numerous lumps of mudcrab meat were pretty tasteless, but if you mix well with the linguine in salted egg sauce, it’s much better. The softshell crab was very crispy and was slightly oilier than I would’ve liked. I wish the portion hadn’t been quite so big too. They could’ve definitely downsized to just one softshell crab, and maybe reduced the pasta by a quarter. Although the portion seems fair for what you’re paying (S$28), it was way too much for me. 7.5/10.

My friend got the March monthly special, Smoked Duck Lemak Cili Padi Linguine (S$28):

The Malayan Council - Lemak Chilli Padi Linguine with Smoked Duck

This was a home-run, guys. The linguine came coated in delicious and reassuringly-familiar lemak cili padi sauce, which was really tasty and decently spicy. The smoked duck was juicy and slightly sweet, which balanced the spiciness of the linguine. Loved this dish, and the novel pairing of lemak cili padi with smoked duck. My only gripes – if you can even call ’em that – again are the oversized portion of the pasta and the overcooked texture. 9.5/10

We couldn’t finish the pasta due to sheer volume,  but naturally we had still some room leftover for dessert. I got the Cempedak Crème Brûlée (S$9.50) just to compare it to Krave’s amazing version:

The Malayan Council - Cempedak Crème Brûlée

Not the best photo, sorry!

So before I even tasted the crème brûlée, I already marked it down for presentation. It came in a narrow glass jar instead of a wider ramekin, which meant that there is less surface area to torch the sugar top, which in turn meant there was less of the hard sugar shell for me to eat. Boo!

The custard itself was a little too dense, and tasted shockingly like blue cheese. I’m not sure if I got a bad batch, but it tasted slightly rancid, like it had gone off. I let my friend have a spoonful to confirm my thoughts on it, and upon tasting it she grimaced and suggested I ordered something else. I had high hopes for this thinking it could give Krave’s version a run for their money, but this was a huge let-down for me. Plus it didn’t have the juicy chunks of cempedak like in Krave’s rendition. 3/10, unfortunately.

My friend, in her infinite wisdom, ordered The Ultimate Lopez Cake (S$9.50), which turned out way, way better:

The Malayan Council - The Lopez Dessert Cake

Tiny triangle of actual lopes on top!

The Malayan Council - The Ultimate Lopez Cake

The cake contains layers of coconut mousse and bits of gula melaka (palm sugar), and is topped with a mini kueh lopes, drizzled with gula melaka syrup. I had a bite of this and really loved it. It’s really like a cake version of kueh lopes. There is nothing quite like the feeling of crunching into solid chunks of gula melaka,YUM. Well-played, TMC. Well-played. 10/10

All in all I had a positive dining experience at The Malayan Council. The crème brûlée was disappointing but everything else was pretty good. The prices are on the high side, but justified by the generous/crazy American-sized portions, and mitigated by the fact that you know a part of it will go to the Muhammadiyah Welfare Home. Service was very friendly – our waters were always topped up without us having to ask, and we were asked by one of the owners mid-meal if everything was alright with the food. They also brought the NETS portable terminal watchamacallit to our table so we didn’t have to go over to the counter to pay. Full-service! (Btw you pay service charge here but no GST, phew).

I had a chat with the other co-owner who was super friendly and happy to answer my questions (How long have you guys been open? 4 months. How’s it been so far! Ups and downs, but so far okay. Is this the old Rouse? No, Rouse is 4 units down but we have the same landlord.) Will definitely be coming back to try the Roti Kirai Beef Ribs (S$39) and Kacang pool with Angus Ribeye Steak (S$37) soon!

The Malayan Council
22 Dunlop St
Singapore 209350

Opening Hours
Mon to Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sun: 11am to 10pm

Reservations: Facebook message

Halalicious Rating: 8/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$48
Recommended dishes: Malayan Wings, The Ultimate Lopez Cake