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
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.
Price: S$12.90 for 8 pieces
Royz et Vous Specialty Coffee, 137 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
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.
Price: S$13 for 8 pieces
The Malayan Council, 22 Dunlop St, Singapore 209350
Opening Hours: Mon- Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am to 10pm
3. Rasa Istimewa C2K’s Prawn Paste Chicken
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.
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
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.
Price: S$5.90 for 4 pieces
Penang Culture, Changi 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 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).
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
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.
Price: S$10.80 for 8 pieces
Savoury, 246 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799470, +65 6752 9288
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 530pm-11pm, Sat-Sun: 1130am-11pm
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.