Oven & Fried Chicken (OFC / Okkudak & Ssaldak 오꾸닭)

Monday, 22 June 2015

The influx of Korean Fried Chicken continues in Singapore. After trying out a few Korean Fried Chicken contenders, my Korean friend introduced me to this Oven & Fried Chicken (Okkudak) along Telok Ayer Road, which I'm glad I visited.

Details
  Area: 
Telok Ayer / Tanjong Pagar

Country: 
Singapore

Price: 
$$

Good For: 
Groups / Friends / Solo / Takeaway / Family

Accessibility: 
Approx. 2 mins walk from Telok Ayer MRT Station / 5 mins walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT Station

Let's Eat!
I actually came back here twice. Seriously. Once for the fried rice chicken, another time for the roast chicken. Shows how much I thought the first experience was! :)

First up, a 1 pint draft beer. The cup was ginormous. >.<
They served some regular chips to go along with the beer. Time for ChiMaek (Chicken + Maekju aka Beer), a popular way to enjoy fried chicken anytime, because fried chicken is 'heaty' and beer is 'cooling'.
Did you also know that beer is what Asians call the Westerners' cooling tea? :)

If you eat Korean fried chicken alot, you'll definitely get served with this side dish. Do you know how to eat this?
No, you do not just simply pop one into your mouth as an appetiser. Instead, you're supposed to take one, munch on it and eat the chicken at the same time. I don't really know how to describe it, but it was awesome! Try it, if you're not already eating it like that.

Yogurt Salad Chicken 요거닭  셀러드 (Half, $23)
Yogurt with chicken? Yuck! That's the expression I get when I told my friends that I tried this here. Launched as part of their special menu, this is something you definitely have to try!
I was so glad that my Korean friend ordered this, because honestly, I would have never ordered this on my own. When it was served, my friend automatically started mixing it all together. Yes, with the chicken as well. But surprisingly, it tasted delicious and I do recommend you try this.

Fried Rice Chicken 쌀통닭 (Original, half - $18)  
We only got half for this one, which had about 6-8 pieces of chicken. It was alot indeed! According to them, this one is 269kcal! Calories lesser than a plate of hokkien mee, can you believe it?!
The reason why it is called fried rice chicken, is because of the rice flour batter. The chicken was amazingly tender and fried to perfection. It didn't feel too oily.

Sauced Rice Chicken 쌀통닭 양념 (Original, Half - $20) 
Also known as Yangnyeom (sweet spicy marinate), this chicken is bathed in the mentioned sauce with their fried rice chicken.
Unfortunately, this is not one of my favourites as it was still too spicy though we chose to have it cooked mild. The spiciness totally covered the sweetness, which I thought was quite a fail for me.

Other than fried chicken, the South Korean eatery also offers roasted chicken. Which was what we tried for lunch on my second visit!

Oven Baked Chicken a.k.a Healthy Grill-Roasted Chicken 로스트  그릴드 (Half, $18)
This wasn't crispy, for sure. But it was indeed very tender, and it's meat looks a little pink. Don't worry, it is cooked and there's a reason for this.

When the chicken has more 'exercise' running around, it causes its muscles to look pink, increasing myoglobin (which includes iron), that's why after cooking, it is still a little pinkish (explanation credits: Okkudak).


It is 150kcal per portion only!

I won't be going into the details for the sauce dips (which you can choose 2 dips among their 6 choices upon ordering of their half chicken.

The 6 dip choices are:
1. Honey Mustard
2. Seet Chilli
3, Mild Sauce
4. Spicy Sauce
5. Soy Sauce
6. Jambalaya

I just went with my favourites: Honey Mustard and Soy Sauce. Don't be mistaken, the soy sauce here isn't the super salty, chinese type. It's a thicker dip, and it isn't too salty!

Low-Down
The best bit: The fried rice chicken.

The worse bit: I would say... the Sauced Rice (YangNyeom) chicken. It's not that bad, but if you compare the taste of the Yangnyeom and the fried + oven baked original chicken, the sauced sibling probably won't be your best choice here.


Oven & Fried Chicken (OFC / Okkudak & Ssaldak)
Location: 182 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068630
Tel: 6222 5959