Review: Wing Wing @ Pavilion KL – Korean Fried Chicken From The UK

Update: This restaurant is permanently closed. 

There’s a new Korean fried chicken joint in town – and it’s now my new favourite place for fried chicken! Hailing from the UK, Wing Wing enters the arena with an outlet in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, dishing out fresh, juicy fried chicken with some pretty interesting flavours.

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Already a cult favourite in its homeland, Wing Wing is a fusion of edgy London street culture, the pop of Asian spice and the European passion for pure quality ingredients. The outlet on Pavilion KL’s sixth floor is bright and cheerful, with funky colours, patterns and decor geared towards youth.

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There are currently three flavours available on the menu – the conventional soy garlic, spicy and something rather unusual – liquorice. Licquorice is an ancient Mediterranean herb used in food and medicine for thousands of years. You might have seen it in the form of candy in the UK, where it is quite popular. You can opt to order the standard wings and drummettes (set of six, 12 or 18), or drumsticks (3, 6 or 9 pieces). Each set can be upgraded to include fries and bottomless drink.

WW Chicken Wings & Drumettes Combo

Now I’ve had my fair share of Korean fried chicken, and different places do it differently. Wing Wing’s appeal lies in the chicken’s freshness, as the meat is delivered to the outlet each morning, then marinated, battered and hand-brushed with premium ingredients ie French flour and natural spices, before they are deep fried to order. The hand brushing technique creates a thin layer of coating over the basic marination, so you get a thin, crackly and almost transparent crust that envelops the juicy meat within. While all the flavours are great, I personally like the licquorice because it has this great, herbal-like flavour with a sweet aftertaste. The spicy will satisfy spice lovers as it packs quite a punch.

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If you prefer something healthier (ahem), opt for the salad which comes with generous chunks of boneless chicken meat on a bed of lettuce and dressing.

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For a hearty bite to-go, Wing Wing also offers chicken wraps – a tortilla stuffed full with fried chicken strips and vegetables.

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Another one of their signature items is the Chicken Katsu Bao – an interesting fusion of Asian flavours. There’s the lightly fried Chinese mantao bun, paired with tender crispy chicken within and a hefty dollop of kimchi slaw. The flavours are well balanced, with the slight sweetness/savoury flavour of the chicken + the tangy, sourness/creaminess of the kimchi slaw.

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Got a sweet tooth? Fret not – Wing Wing offers a couple of dessert items as well, such as the Hot Bao Nuts (stuffed with ingredients such as Banana Caramel; Pineapple, etc.) and ice cream sundaes.

Prices for the chicken items start from RM15.90 onwards.

WING WING MALAYSIA

Lot 6.01.01, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: 03-21103525

Business hours: 10AM – 10PM (daily)

*Photos not watermarked courtesy of Wing Wing Malaysia/Suppagood PR

Review: Wingstop @ Nu Sentral Kuala Lumpur

When Wingstop opened its first outlet in Malaysia, I remember being extremely excited, because we don’t have that many places serving good buffalo chicken wings here. I even braved the evening traffic to Mutiara Damansara just for it – something I would never do under normal circumstances lol. But I guess it was because I had set my expectations too high, that when I actually got to try them, I was sorely disappointed. You can read the review here.

This time around, I was bumbling around KL after a trip to the art gallery and came across another Wingstop, this one a branch at Nu Sentral. It just so happened I had a craving for fried chicken, and decided to give them a second chance…

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Ordering mechanics were pretty much the same as the last time I went to a Wingstop – self-service via tablets, after which they give you a round buzzer that lights up when your order is ready. Gotta say their service was really good though! A staff member is on hand to explain how to order if it’s your first time.

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There are close to a dozen flavours to choose from, and you can also opt for different cuts, such as boneless, tenders or classic. I went for the 8 pc classic with two flavours; Buffalo and Garlic Parmesan. The set also came with a fizzy drink and a side (onion rings).

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Verdict: Slightly less disappointing this time around, but still not the best American-style wings I’ve had (that goes to Frankie’s). I know buffalo wings are supposed to be sour because of their vinegar base, but the sourness was a little overwhelming. The parmesan cheese on the other hand was underwhelming, with a thick, hard batter. Not to mention the chicken was greasy. It wasn’t terrible but again, I guess I had high expectations for it and it just didn’t hit the mark. Chicken was greasy as well, couldn’t finish eight pieces. The only thing they did well (again!) was the onion rings, which were tasty and crisp.

All in all, a ‘meh’ experience, although it did fare a little better compared to my first visit. Would I come back again? I know they say three strikes, you’re out, but with WingStop, perhaps two is all there is.

WING STOP (NU SENTRAL BRANCH) 

No. L4.11, Nu Sentral, 201, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM

 

Review: Wagle Wagle Korean Food, Setiawalk Puchong – Great Chicken Wings!

This blog is slowly but surely turning into a chicken wing review site… but anyway. 

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Setiawalk in Puchong seems to have morphed into K-town – I think there must be six or more Korean restaurants on the ground floor alone ! S and I were there for dinner and decided to try one of the newly opened ones, called Wagle Wagle. The place attracts quite a number of Korean clientele, so I guess the food must be pretty authentic.

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Nice and cosy interior with a white/wood dominant design. Pop culture posters hang on the walls while the TV plays K-pop and drama.

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Most of the food is made for sharing between two to three people, but there are a few individual dishes as well. S had the cheese ramen (RM10) which was basically just Shin Ramyun noodles in a savoury/sour soup base, topped with a slice of cheese.

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What I like about Korean ramyeon – the texture is so springy ! Even after it’s been soaking in the soup for some time.

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Was craving for octopus, so I got the octopus stir fry with rice. A little disappointed because veggies > way more than octopi, which was chopped so finely I had to sift through the mountain of vegetables to locate what few measly pieces there were mixed in to the dish. I get that octopus is expensive, but really… you can pick out how small the bits were from the picture above. It also lacked salt, so it was spicy but all I tasted was the gochujang sauce.

The soy-sauce chicken wings (RM19 – set of four wings/drummettes) fared much better and seemed to be a hit with most tables.  Not the meatiest, but they were juicy and tender with a crispy coat, covered in a delightful sweet and savoury sauce. The sauce was a tad sweeter than the average K-chicken wings I’ve had, but tasty nonetheless. Good stuff. Didn’t feel overly greasy too. #canhavelotsofrice

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WAGLE WAGLE 

Lot C-9-G, Block C, Setiawalk Puchong, Taman Wawasan, 47100 Puchong, Selangor 
Phone:  014-638 7992
Business hours: 11AM – 1130PM (daily)

Review: Best Wings in Manila? Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings, SM Aura

If I could choose only one food item to eat for the rest of my life, it’d probably be chicken wings. For me, three things make for good chicken wings: crunch, tenderness and flavour. If they’re buffalo or Korean-style, then the sauce plays an important part too.

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N and I were at SM Aura in Taguig recently for his birthday celebration. He wanted to starve until dinner so we could eat more at the buffet (lol) but by 3PM I was already too hungry, having skipped lunch. We ended up at the food court for ‘snacks’, but when I saw a wings shop – Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings – I made a beeline for it. Judging from the queue, even at mid-afternoon, it was pretty popular.

There’s quite a selection on their menu, with up to 13 types of seasoning/sauces. The original is always the best, so we ordered half a dozen buffalo wings. It came with a creamy ranch dip, which was fatty but oh-so-good. The wings were awesome. The skin gave off a loud crunch with every bite, revealing the tender juiciness within, smoke still rising from the heat. Although it was greasy, I didn’t feel like I had to puke afterwards. The savoury coat had an appetising sour tang to it that was perfect with creamy ranch. Idk about you, but I usually prefer my wings with the bones in, coz then you’d get to really gnaw on them and get every single bit out.

Verdict? One of my favourite wings, not just in Manila, but that I’ve had so far! Granted, I haven’t had many buffalo-style chicken wings – Korean-style is more popular in Malaysia – but it’s still a great one nonetheless. They also have a branch in SM Megamall and restaurants at UP Town Centre, BGC and SM North Edsa.

Prices start from PHP199 for half a dozen wings.

FRANKIE’S NEW YORK BUFFALO WINGS (SM AURA PREMIER BRANCH)

4th Floor, SM Aura Premier, Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM

frankiesnywings.com

The Best Fried Chicken in PJ ! – Gerai Seong Kee Yong Tau Foo, Medan Selera PJ Old Town

I remember the days when food courts or medan selera were all the rage. Canteen style, with lots of seats in an open space, dozens of stalls to choose from, all sorts of food. It was the go-to place for tasty and cheap food. But as standards of living increase, and more people opt for the air-conditioned comforts of a shopping mall or a glitzy cafe,  food courts have slowly lost their charm, especially among the younger crowd. More recently, two very prominent ones – Asia Cafe in SS15 and Ming Tien –  announced their closure to make way for redevelopment of the land.

One of these surviving old food courts is the one in PJ Old Town. While I’m not sure how long it has been around, I think it is easily 30 years old as my parents used to eat here in the 1990s, when I was still a baby. Lunch time sees mostly an office crowd. Half of the stores only open for dinner, but there’s still a pretty good selection. I like how they have a Chinese, Malay and Indian section, and all the races can be seen eating together. Now that’s muhibbah! 

W suggested we try out the Yong Tau Foo (assorted items stuffed with fish paste) at a shop called Gerai Seong Kee. They hand you a chit, and you tick off the items you want, which are either fried or served in a soup.

AD’s stuffed lady’s finger, tofu, tofu pok and chilli in soup.

W ordered stuffed brinjal and fried dumpling.

I had deep fried tofu pok and foochok (beancurd roll). The fish paste was flavourful, with a smooth, bouncy texture, and I like the crunchiness of the tofu pok skin. The foochok was too greasy for me as the bubbles created little pockets that filled my mouth with oil when bitten into. But the real star, for me, was this…

Their fried chicken wings. I think I’ve found something I love as much as Jollibee, and that’s saying something.  Crunchy and golden, the skin was salty goodness with a hint of curry powder, while the inside was piping hot, tender and juicy. Despite eating several pieces, I did not feel like it was greasy at all. Each piece is RM3. I’m planning to go back and just getting like 10 pieces to snack on. Joke.

Or is it?

GERAI SEONG KEE @ PJ OLD TOWN FOOD COURT 

1, Jalan Selangor, Pjs 4, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 12PM – 9PM (closed Tuesdays)

American-Style Wings at Wingstop,The Curve, Mutiara Damansara

Everyone who knows me knows that I have an insatiable appetite for fried chicken. MORESO fried chicken wings. So I was super psyched when I heard an American franchise, Wingstop, was finally making its way to Malaysian shores! They’ve been quite aggressive on their social media platforms, posting these amazing, juicy-looking pictures of ayam goreng hmm. I was so excited I decided to drive through bad after-work traffic to The Curve, Mutiara Damansara.

It was a weekday night and the place was empty during dinner service. Waiters were warm and friendly; one of them taught me how to use the self-service iPad. I keyed in my order of six wings done in two flavours (they have ten to choose from), served with a side of onion rings (or fries) , ranch dip and a soft drink. The cashier gave me a round disc which I had to place on my table and would light up once my order was ready. 
 Waited… 

And waited…

And waited some more. Considering the place was really empty, they took really long to get my order done. I had loads of time to take in the decor – warm, with lots of wooden accents and deep wall coats of green and gray. Didn’t want to get annoyed, because I did come all the way here for the food and they did pride themselves in making things ‘fresh to order’ – so I was hoping it would be worth it. After 20 minutes, the waiter who originally greeted me came over to my table and told the kitchen to hurry up lol.

Close to the 30 minute mark, the order finally arrived and it was visually pleasing ! My stomach gave a hearty rumble at the beautiful sight of wings coated in Buffalo sauce, and sprinkled over with Garlic Parmesan. I tucked into the latter first. It was fragrant with garlic and cheese, but I was disappointed once I took a bite. Fragrance seemed to be all it had, as the chicken was tasteless and oily.

OH NO.

I was holding in imaginary tears at this point. My long wait and drive through traffic! Maybe the Buffalo wings would fare better.

WRONG again! It had an overwhelmingly sour taste (yes, I know vinegar is the base but this was too sour), and the flavour was unpleasant. I’ve had American-style wings in Los Angeles (Buffalo Wild Wings – link here), and they definitely didn’t taste like this. :/ At that point I was just really disappointed but I tried my best to finish it anyway because hey, it wasn’t cheap and I don’t like wasting food. Even so, I couldn’t finish all six because it was so greasy, the oil stuck down my throat. This coming from a girl who can polish off like 10 Korean-fried chicken wings in one go.

To their credit, the onion rings and ranch dip was good, but… aren’t you specialising in chicken wings? :/

Maybe I got there on a bad day and the quality of the food + service time was bad. I really wanted it to be good, and left sorely disappointed. All in all, I’d give them a 9/10 for service, but just a 2/10 for food. Sorry, guys. Better luck next time. I don’t think I would drive all the way to the Curve to have you again – I’ll stick to my 4Fingers. 

WINGSTOP @ The Curve 

G-51, The Street, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Open daily: 11AM – 10PM.