Fried chicken happened to not only be a cult fave in Korea but also one of my all time favourite. When Singapore’s leading chicken house (Chicken Up) made their debut in SS15 Subang Jaya, I never hesitated to visit them. Interior was very hipster and comfortable with vibrant colours and very friendly staffs.
Plus, they have this signature that is very close to stealing all the limelight from every other dish on their menu. That we are referring to the UFO Topokki, better known as the Snow Squid Topokki (RM 68). A quick glimpse of it and many would naturally relate this to Omaya, or any of those cheese ring bbq but this one here is better when it comes to variety. You get a hot plate with neat slots to separate all that is to go with their main – a crispy battered giant squid on a bed of Topokki and vegetable.
Best to share with 3pax at least, this hot UFO pan is served on portable stove for perpetual heat so the cheese sauce, egg, fried kimchi rice, and kimchi would cook continuously as you dig in. Be prepared to wash this super flavoursome dish off with lots of liquid and I’d say it would be alright pairing with beer instead of their Watermelon soju (RM 48) which happens to be on their top seller as well. The naturally refreshing watermelon fruit gives the tropical quench as the stove burns with heat before us. The soju is just doing what spirits does, making everything awesome.
The chicken wing here is served whole making it looking fabulously generous upon meeting it. Covered in a thin, close to crunchy if not crispy and salty soy sauce batter, the burst of flavour happens the very instant it touches the tongue. If there is any good to this would be the juicy meat retained within the thin batter coat. Never compare this to any of those stand alone Korean Fried Chicken house.
There menu is massive but made easy to pick with the featured top 12 item. These are all on their top seller list and I can see why the Bulgogi Fries (RM 26) made it to the list. Juicy beef with a light crunch from the onion complemented the texture and taste of the otherwise ordinary serving of Fries. These are packed with flavours; it was a clear winner for the day.
Next is the crispy golden onion, which weird enough made it to the top seller list but I am pretty sure this Yangpa Bomb (RM 18) here would have earned their spot on the top seller list with the huge portion serving and the rich batter mix coating on every single of the onion petals. Something their fan would definitely appreciate.
The owner is real generous to offer their best selling dessert- Melon Bingsu (RM 38), served inside a half honey melon with delicious shaved ice filling all the space within all the empty space of the half sphere. And topped with a large scoop of ice cream to go with honey drizzled melon balls, the combination is a sweetheart for dessert lover. I thought they could have omitted the honey and the melon itself would be just fine.
And here is the top 12 to help you decide. No need to thank me
This dinner session is compiled on video for those who want to see the actual experience and I must also take this opportunity to thank the owner for treating us with such warm hospitality. Dinner was on the house so while it may not be my thing, I’m feeling very thankful and extra blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy the best of Singapore’s Korean Fried Chicken here in Subang Jaya.
Chicken Up is located at:
No.7, 7-1, 7-2 Jalan SS15/4E
57500 Subang Jaya, KL
(Opposite Texas Chicken)
Tel: 017-577 9377
Business hours: 11.30am – 12am (last order 11pm)
Click HERE for more photos and MENU on flickr.