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Looking for a grab-and-go meal that is sinful and satisfying? This is the list for fast foods all around the island!
Xing Wei Chua
Xing Wei Chua

Was intending to get something else but getting McDonald’s seem to be most convenient option — I think I am one who quite easily falls for the non-burger options whenever they make their appearance on the limited time only menu.

The Crispy Chicken is no doubt a crowd-pleaser; that’s what a good piece of fried chicken should be minimally — fried till golden brown on the exterior that hints of light note of garlic powder, the batter is crisp without being greasy, while the meat comes tender and juicy. Not a fan of the accompanying Coconut Pie though; a little too sweet, too creamy and too artificial; not to mention it’s less than aesthetic physical appearance when the filling reveals itself once one takes a bite into the pie ...

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Having taken an interest in Peranakan cuisine lately, the new limited-time only Nyonya Chicken from KFC piqued my interest, with its description of chicken “drenched with an aromatic sauce, made of coconut, chillies, dried shrimp, curry spices and laksa leaves”. Using the base of a typical “spicy” chicken, this item carries a hint of rendang flavour; perhaps it could be a little salty to some, but the sauce does carry a fragrant hint of rempah spices that is pretty alluring, providing the “Nyonya” flavours that it promises in the namesake — the chicken not being particularly spicy, and should be pretty suitable even for those with a lower tolerance of spiciness. Pretty decent overall.


Gave Otoke Chicken at Asian Food Mall in Lucky Plaza a try recently; a new Korean fried chicken stall which gives a slight impression of being a 4Fingers Crispy Chicken spinoff given the packaging of the paper cups here. A little odd considering how it's located beside Jollibee within the same food court, but Otoke Chicken works for those who are looking for a sauced-up (quite literally) fried chicken treat.

Liked how the fried chicken here was not too greasy here; the chicken being pretty tender and succulent. Opting for the Spicy Sauce, the Spicy Sauce comes pretty piquant and is not shy in terms of its spiciness — the heat being pretty prominent and lingers around which works well for spicy lovers; all that whilst carrying a slight savoury and sweet note of sweet soy typical of Korean fried chicken. While the fries come with a generous seasoning of honey soy powder for flavour, we were not fans of the soft fries; whilst not being drenched in oil, it was peculiarly limp and soggy within — would have preferred some crispness on the exterior and fluffiness within. That being said, it's not a bad eat; in fact a pretty decent option to go for — perhaps albeit of a bad location for how it may draw some unfair comparisons with its more famous neighbour, but it satiates the Korean fried chicken cravings just about right at an individual-friendly size and a reasonable price.


Had not have the chance to try of Marrybrown during my previous staycation at Sentosa considering they had just opened in the middle of my trip back then; finally got to check them out a couple of years later at their very first outpost in Singapore. The shop had since became a little run-down; perhaps more effort could be placed in maintaining the place in general, but the food was pretty on point nonetheless.

Opted for the Lucky Plate which comes with soft bun, mash potatoes, coleslaw and two pieces of fried chicken; went for the spicy variant of the fried chicken this time round. The fried chicken is undoubtedly the star of the show here; getting a fresh batch of chicken that was just off the fryer, the fried chicken were crisp on the exterior, whilst tender and not too greasy while still being juicy and flavourful within — the batter carrying a slight hint of spiciness to tingle the taste buds. The other elements were all pretty average at best; the mash potato being decent but could do with a slightly denser, more flavourful brown sauce, while the coleslaw was rather fresh and provides a refreshing crunch though I personally would have preferred a creamier mix of sauce. The soft bun was also pretty alright; more of a burger bun served whole without being sliced apart; light and fluffy though perhaps not warm enough. Would not say much for the other items, but certainly would not mind to have the fried chicken again if there are more outlets in mainland Singapore — that being said, there is one situated at Wisma Geylang Serai that had opened several months ago; somewhere which I would most probably check out when the cravings hit again.


There’s something about the Chocolate Pie that isn’t quite like the Apple Pie — it’s crisp, but the pastry seemed to lack the firm bite of the Apple Pie’s pastry, while the Chocolate Pie also looks a little taller and slimmer than the Apple Pie. That being said, the chocolate within is less sweet than expected — perhaps done intentionally so to avoid a mad sugar rush afterwards; it’s actually surprisingly light and not overly jelak, nor did it seem to feel overly sweet. Maybe it’s just me being not so much of a chocolate lover who often goes for the non-chocolate option when it comes to desserts, but I would probably still stick to the Apple Pie instead.


Had to make a point to McDonald’s for this because it’s rare to see McDonald’s introduce anything new mains that ain’t burgers. The Fish & Fries might come in rather small portions, but I do find it filling enough after having the soft drink so it’s pretty much well-sized. The fish is pretty decent; no doubt not the most flaky pieces of fish and that the fish did come off from the batter at times — that being said, the batter maintains crispiness though a little thick for some. Fries aren’t the most stellar; the Parklane outlet isn’t one that does them particularly outstanding especially when compared to other outlets, but you get the flow. My order also comes with two tubs of tartar sauce; you know, the same ones that come with Fillet O’ Fish and it’s more than enough to dip both fish and fries into it.

(PS: tried to be funny by dipping the fish into a tub of curry sauce just to make a point that I was having fish curry but I actually liked it even more — but McDonald’s curry sauce works with anything and everything; you know now 😉)


Wasn't really a big fan of the battered shark here — the shark itself was decent but overall the fish tasted a little bland. That being said, it could be easily fixed by dipping the fried fish into the variety of sauces they have at the self-service counter. The Garlic Fried Rice was decent considering how Burger Monster is a fast-food concept — it is pretty savoury, though the mound of rice itself felt a little sticky and kept to its shape despite us tearing it down with the utensils.


I am a huge fan of local flavours in western fare so I was pretty excited to learn about this burger yesterday; after all, Nasi Lemak is one of my favourite dishes and it's not everyday you see Nasi Lemak being done in a form of a burger.

Being an avid Nasi Lemak fan, this was actually surprisingly well-executed by McDonald's — thought that it actually pulled off the "Lemak" pretty well in the crisp and tender Coconut-Flavoured Chicken Thigh patty (god knows what they did to it but I am impressed enough to not find out how they put everything together). I am also quite surprised how they didn't butcher the Nasi Lemak chili; a little sweet, a little savoury and a little spicy — just like how it should have been. Coming with other condiments such as the fried egg, cucumber and caramalised onions (😍), it's almost akin to having the real deal less the rice and with the Semolina buns. Quite glad that they didn't try to add in peanuts for this one (yes, I am the odd one out), but I thought it could have been done better with Ikan Bilis for some crispness. Still, it's actually a pretty good one coming out from the brand with the big, yellow M.


Set 4 is the option to go for at Chic-A-Boo for those who don't wish to go for fried chicken — the set also comes with two sides which one could pick from the long list that they have on the menu board; we opted for the Curly Fries and Savoury Rice for our order.

Quite impressed with the fish here; really fresh and flaky while encased in a crisp batter that is not too greasy — possible one of the best versions from a fast food joint. Savoury Rice was one side that came with a slight Mediterranean touch; the capsicums amidst the savoury rice introduced a tangy flavour that was rather refreshing and cleanses the palate despite being a carb. Curly fries are also pretty decent; crisp without being over-seasoned.


Had to give this a go because I have heard so many raving reviews from friends that is pretty rare coming out of a McDonald's burger — definitely had to add this into the list of things I wanted to try.

Turns out, this is probably one of the best burgers I have actually had from McDonald's and I am not kidding — the presentation is on point especially given how the buns look pretty neat; yes it looks kinda lopsided and it's pretty tall and exceeds the size of my mouth, but proportion issues aside, the crisp fried batter of the chicken and tender and juicy meat within works great with the melted cheese, crunchy purple slaw and the zesty pineapple chunks all in between soft and fluffy buns. The flavours surprisingly exceeds the expectations of the burgers being churned out by McDonalds, and it's a rather genius combination that pulls off not only in description but also in overall taste. Usually I would pass off fast food burgers after a single try despite how good they might be, but this — I might actually find myself willingly paying for it again!


Opened to much hype and with long queues stretching out of the store every time I pass by is Four Fingers Crispy Chicken at Causeway Point that replaces the space previously occupied by Long John Silvers. Wanted to like this but it was really a far cry from what I previously had years ago when they opened at Plaza Singapura — no doubt the fried mantou was sweet and crisp, but the chicken was kinda uninspiring and rather bland to say the least. Opted for the seaweed fries; decently crisp and fluffy fries but thought the seasoning bring out the seaweed flavour quite enough.


Think my virgin fast food meal of 2017 just went to the Seoul Spicy Chicken Burger? A little late to try this out when almost everyone in my circle did but this is a pretty satisfying treat — the standard fare with any McDonald's burger but with slaw (don't really understand the inclusion of it though; crunchiness perhaps?) and the spicy Korean sauce which was surprisingly well done for a fast food joint (and made this burger simply just so saucey!) — carries the signature sweetness of Korean gochujang while packing that fiery punch that it wasn't shy about.

PS: The Kimchi Shaker Fries were a little bit off though — felt like it just constantly went downhill as sodium completely takes over, not to mention the Kimchi flavour was also a little hard to detect. Also kudos to the auntie who always end up serving me at this branch (even though I only appear once a semester and she doesn't recognize me) — was waiting for a little longer than usual at the counter for my order and she went to the drinks machine to offer me a cup of cold water; pretty good service at a fast food joint!


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