Hey everyone have you heard the news? Probably not right…
THERE’S A NEW FRIED CHICKEN JOINT IN TOWN!! IT’S CALLED CHICKANO!!
Well, I know we tried to be dramatic but FAILED! LOL
Anyways we actually came across this by pure chance. One of my colleagues, Hamidah, suddenly sends me this tip and says we have to try it. In fact, we tried ordering via the delivery hotline on the site but it wasn’t available yet. Well, just so happens my Darling Wife and I were out with baby Alyssa and were decidedly hungry in the Bedok area…
|3pcs Fried Chicken Meal ($9.50)|
Of course – we had to try the fried chicken at a fried chicken joint right?!
I decided to to go for the 3pc because I was actually really hungry. You could have the 2pcs Friend Chicken Meal ($7.50) if you’re not that hungry or maybe the 9pcs Fried Chicken Meal ($24.50) if you’re out with the family (or just a really really big eater!!) They also have a roasted alternative if you’re interested…
I have to say I really quite enjoyed the fried chicken!
The chicken was superbly cooked – nice and tender and juicy. The skin had a nice crisp to it with good seasoning to match.
The coating isn’t the type with a super crunchy bite. I guess it’s kinda more like Original Recipe but a bit crispier than usual. best enjoyed hot!!
|Home-made Beef Burger ($8.50 for the meal / $6.50 ala carte)|
If you’re not in the mood for fried chicken, fret not! They also have other items on the menu including some burgers. You have a choice between a Beef Burger and a Chicken Karaage Burger. We decided to go for the beef since we’re the meat people.
But… we started to question our decision after awhile…
The beef patty is definitely something they make from scratch here. It had quite a nice seasoning to be honest but for some reason, the top and bottom of the patty was burnt. Not charred… but burnt.
I quite like my burger to have a bit of char but I think this one was left a little too long on the grill. There’s a difference between a charred flavour and a burnt taste. And this was really disappointing especially because the meat was quite tasty. If it wasn’t so burnt, it’s quite a nice burger actually.
Another problem was the bun. If you look at the first picture above, you can see it’s actually quite out of sorts. It actually didn’t fit the burger because it was so scrunched up like it had been crumpled up for so long. Maybe they should consider not using a bun if it’s… errr… like that. It was like the bun had been in a fight and was in a really bad shape.
Besides that, you get some lettuce and cheese. Please note there is no sauce, which is fine because some burgers you just wanna enjoy the pure taste, so add your own if you’d like.
When you order a set meal, you get a choice of drink and a side order of fries.
If you’re a Cheese Fries person, just add $0.50 and you can upgrade your regular fries to Cheese Fries! Power right!
I must say that the serving of fries was very very generous! It’s enough fries to share actually.
But if you don’t want fries then you might consider some other more ‘traditional’ sides with your fried chicken or burger?
The coleslaw was not bad actually. Nice mix of cabbage and carrots and you even get a few plump and sweet raisins in there. It’s on the sweet side so don’t expect the sour type of coleslaw.
And what normally accompanies coleslaw?
|Mashed Potato ($2.50)|
Errrr… something is wrong with that picture…
I think maybe because it was not kept in a warm environment or maybe there was too much thickening agent or something but the brown gravy you normally get with mashed potatoes kinda coagulated on the top. Yeah… it’s because a jelly.
There was absolutely nothing wrong with the taste but I guess the look of it was kind of a turn off.
Maybe Chickano might take some feedback and either keep their mashed potato in a warmer (if they’d like to pre-pack it) or maybe only scoop in the gravy )being kept warm and fluid) when someone orders it so that it’s guaranteed to be at the desired consistency.
And I know some of you might be thinking “No lah can’t be that bad until like jelly lah…”
|We’re really not kidding…|
But like I said, absolutely nothing wrong with the taste.
From the counter, you can actually see into the kitchen and I think I saw someone creaming the mashed potato by hand so I guess this is another item they prepare manually which I can very much appreciate.
Fried Chicken 3.5/5 — Beef Burger 2.5/5 — Cheese Fries 2/5
Coleslaw 4/5 — Mashed Potato 2.5/5
Fried Chicken 3.5/5 — Beef Burger 2/5 — Cheese Fries 1.5/5
Coleslaw 2.5/5 — Mashed Potato 1/5
I like the idea at Chickano because, hey, who doesn’t like some fried chicken right?
And I think they have a really good product too. They’ve got a pretty good fried chicken recipe and some pretty interesting items on the menu. It’s nice to see that they are also hand-making a lot of their stuff instead of using instant or prepared ingredients.
When we visited last weekend, Chickano was only about a week old so I’m pretty sure that given a bit of time, they should be able to fine tune certain things after awhile (ahem ahem mashed potato gravy)
Anyways let’s support our local brands!
PS you might see a delivery number on their site but that’s gonna be operational maybe only next month in October 2014 according to the lady at the counter.
Blk 527 Bedok North St 3
Tel: 6448 8660
10am to 10pm Daily