Welcome to the KFC for Singaporeans.
It’s no secret that Singaporeans are the Goldilocks of planet Earth. We want food that’s not too sweet; not too salty; not too spicy; not too oily. In fact, the blander, the less interesting, the better…which is the only explanation I can find to explain the obsession over ban mian soup.
Choo Choo Chicken is Korean fried chicken pussyfied, or rather I should say, “adapted” for Singaporeans’ boring palettes. Any concerns about drip-dropping oily, grease monkeys of fatty fried chicken is allayed here as you’re served clean and pristine golden-brown nuggets. The meat inside is well moist enough to remind you of your secondary school days of wasting SGD 14.90 for the sawdust which Kenny Rogers calls “half roast chicken”, but not enough to taste like chicken. The various seasoning at Choo Choo Chicken are ubiquitously Korean, but all you’ll find are hints of the real experience. “Spicy” is in fact, an intensely caramelized sweet goo which tastes like a mildly spiced char siew barbecue sauce. While it technically ticked all the right boxes, it just didn’t excite me.
The only thing I thought that was remotely memorable was the chamchi (Korean for tuna) burger, which was basically a rice burger done right.