“Korean Fried Chicken & Artisanal Bingsu.”
Chick & Ken is the latest venture by the people behind Stateland Cafe. (Interestingly enough, they are also the same people behind Honey Comb.) Unlike Stateland Cafe, Chick & Ken specializes in Korean fried chicken & artisanal Bingsu. They even have Salted Egg Fried Chicken, perhaps their more popular & unique flavour for chicken; a favourite among the locals here.
Inside Chick & Ken.
Bench seats fill the restaurant.
Amber bottles line the shelves.
The one thing that you’ll immediately notice (If you have already been to Stateland before), is how the interior of Chick & Ken is extremely reminiscent of their parent brand. The interior has an industrial-like quality, with long wooden benches & tables filling up the small space of the restaurant. The place is lit up with some low hanging lamps. Just like Stateland, the whole spatial quality of Chick & Ken feels quite raw.
The lunch set menu for Chick & Ken.
Menu of Chick & Ken.
As you can tell by their name, Chick & Ken deals with chicken, specifically Korean Fried Chicken. Here, you’ll find Korean & Asian Fusion cuisine choices amidst their range of fried chicken. These include Fred Ddeokbokki & even extensive options for their artisanal Bingsu.
Prices here are quite above average. Considering the size of their chicken pieces to the price, I felt that it’s a tad too overpriced. (Good thing I went after buying their Groupon.) The upside is that they do not include GST or service fees.
Fried Ddeokbokki ($9.90)
My companion loved this. She’s more prone for Korean culture, hence she’s always a fan of their rice cakes. (I’m not, sadly.)
She also mentioned that these tasted quite authentic. I found it not bad, though I’m still not a fan of it.
Ganjang Chicken (16 Pieces for $29.90)
Soy Sauce, Garlic, Mirin
I went for their 16 pieces option & decided to get half Ganjang & half Salted Egg.
The chicken pieces here are basically just your wings & drumlets. You won’t see any chicken pieces here that resemble KFC or Chicken Up unfortunately.
Taste-wise, I really liked their Ganjang Fried Chicken. It was quite flavourful with a nice hint of soy sauce & garlic. The crispiness of the batter is also quite apparent & delicious. I must say that these were quite addictive. Of course, you can find this flavour from most Korean fried chicken places.
Salted Egg Fried Chicken (16 pieces for $29.90)
Salted Egg Yolk, Evaporated Milk, Chilli, Curry Leaves
The more unique flavor that Chick & Ken offers is their Salted Egg. (Okay, salted egg is not exactly a unique flavor, but for Korean fried chicken, it kinda is ain’t it?)
The chicken retains the same crispy batter of the Ganjang variation but unfortunately I found that the taste lacked when compared to the Ganjang chicken. The salted egg flavour seemed more mild than I would have liked; it was almost indistinct. I found it a pity, as I was really looking forward to this. (Salted Egg is another weakness of mine apparently.)
Matcha Bing-su ($13.90)
Matcha Glace, Red Bean, Home-made Rice Cakes, Honeyed Corn Flakes, Condensed Milk
I’ve actually never had any Bing-su prior to this. When this first arrived, my companion got a shock from the sheer size of the dessert. (Definitely should be shared among three or more people.)
The whole dessert was basically something like an “Ice Kachang”, with a Korean twist. The matcha flavor was pretty awesome, with added syringes filled with matcha glaze. My companion noted how fine the shaved ice was as well, which elevated the dessert to another level. The toppings were quite superb in quantity as well & they all complemented the flavour of matcha nicely.
Chick N Ken.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
I’m actually quite intrigued by how Stateland has ventured into more Korean-esque establishments, with Honey Comb & Chick and Ken. The fried chicken here is pretty great though I can’t exactly say if it’s better than the many other Korean fried chicken franchises around. I do think they could make a few more improvements but they are definitely headed in the right direction. I would also recommend you head for their lunch sets instead as it’s much more affordable. (If you’re just looking to try.)
Chick and ken
21 Lorong Telok, Raffles Park, Singapore 049033
(Nearest train station: Clarke Quay)
Contact: 9150 7257
Mon – Sat: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm