Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks

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Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks ® is everybody's favorite Taiwanese food chain featuring popular snacks from the alleys of Taiwan's night markets. Prepared the way they do over in Taiwan, the menu features authentic favorites such as XXL Crispy Chicken, Crispy Floss Egg Crepe, Handmade Oyster Mee Sua and Seafood Tempura. Thousands of Taiwanese crowd the local night markets in search of their favourite and delicious snacks, and Taipei's Shihlin Night Market is the most famous due to its very wide range of local delicacies in its small streets and alleys. If a snack is nice, you can surely find it in Shihlin! The locals say, "If Taiwan has it, Shihlin has it." With Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks®, the Taiwanese and us alike can now do the same and enjoy the wonderful street snacks of Taiwan!

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< $10
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Town Area
[email protected]
Far East Plaza
Suntec City

North Area
Heartland Mall *OPENING SOON!*
Hougang Mall
nex Serangoon
Northpoint Shopping Centre
Woodlands Exchange *OPENING SOON!*

South Area
HarbourFront Centre
Tiong Bahru Plaza

East Area
Tampines Mall *OPENING SOON!*

West Area
IMM Building
Jurong Point
The Clementi Mall
Yew Tee Point *NEW*


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(Updated: April 25, 2012)

XXL Crispy Chicken- big enough to be a meal on its own

Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks is a popular stall in Singapore amongst the locals. I guess this is because the food that they sell are different from all other food sold in Singapore, which has a local taste to it. But this, originated from Taiwan was something new and interesting to the locals when it first started out.

When somebody mentions Shihlin, what comes into my mind immediately would be the XXL crispy chicken. It is this big piece of fried chicken, sprinkled with hot chili powder. The crispy tender meat is delicious, often filling me up to the brim. However, it can get quite dry and it would be good to have some cold drinks along with it, as the chili powder is really very spicy!

Other than its famous XXL crispy chicken, Shihlin also sells oyster meesua. Even though it does not taste as good as the one I had in Taiwan, it is still not too bad! Tasty meesua with quite a few oysters, definitely a good lunch to go! Recently, they have added new items into their menu too, such as the sour plum fries. Sour plum fries is a pretty chewy snack to have when you are craving for something light. The crepes are quite delicious too, they use some kind of sweet sauce along with the crepes and they go well together! You can choose from egg and mushroom crepe or egg and ham crepe, both taste nice in my opinion!

Shihlin is a stall which I will continue to visit for its delightful and yummy snacks, despite the fact that their prices have jacked up over the years. But this can't be blamed, with inflation and all, it is reasonable to jack up the prices of quality snacks!

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Chinese version of KFC

Shih Lin is a fast food store that originated in Taiwan and when made waves when it first hit stores in Singapore. Soon after its popularity gained traction amongst almost all Singaporeans, more and more stores opened - there are now Shih Lin stalls in almost every corner of Singapore.

I love their chicken cutlet (with chilli powder) and sweet potato fries. The chicken cutlet is very fragrant and the skin is extremely crispy and flavourful. One would experience different sensations after biting into the chicken, the crisp of the skin, tender succulent flesh as well as the oozing of the oil into your mouth. The sweet potato fries have an extremely unique flavour - it has the same texture and consistency as french fries, but it’s a lot tastier and healthier!

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Sinfully shiok snacks

Health nuts, don’t read my next sentence - whenever I get sick of having fast-food for dinner, I’d head over to Shihlin to have some yummy fried chicken.

Shihlin sells the snacks that the actual food street in Taiwan is famous for, the most popular being the XXL Fried Chicken, one of my personal favourites. The chicken is fried upon ordering, dusted with a generous amount of spices and chilli powder, and then cut up into large pieces for convenient consumption. If you like your chicken extra spicy, just ask - your needs will be met without any extra cost.

Most malls would have an outlet, but if you don’t have one near you, go down to the basement of [email protected] the next time you’re in town. Make sure to sieve through the several food kiosks for it!

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Yum in my tum

The first thing you gotta have at Shihlin is the XL Fried Chicken. They're famous for that, and for good reason. It's crispy, tender, and piping hot when it first arrives in your hands. So do have it fast - but I'm sure you'd have no problem with that.

I absolutely love the sweet potato fries as well. They're crispy, slightly salty, but with the right amount of sweetness. The serving is quite large so you may want to share a pack with a friend.

But just something to note: there may be some occasions that the quality of the food drops. The chicken may be less crispy and slightly over-cooked. The sweet potato fries may be a little too moist. But they are generally still tasty.

However, if there's a pasar malam nearby, you may want to check those out as well. The fried chicken is comparable and the price will be slightly cheaper!

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MUST TRY: Sweet Potato Fries!

Being the avid Taiwan food fan, I have tried this Street Snack stall before. But usually, I would order the XXL Chicken and nothing else. Needless to say, I decided to try something new and Sweet Potato fries appealed to me. I am a fries fan too but since potato fries are sort of unhealthy, sweet potato sounded like a great alternative.

I was definitely not disappointed! The sweet potato fries were extra crispy and with the sour plum seasoning added on, the combination was awesome. I would say that it is on par with the tofu fries from I Love Taimei. I study at Singapore Polytechnic hence I hang around at Clementi pretty often. Therefore, this snack is awesome and I eat it pretty often. he he he

Overall, it has become one of my favourite snacks that is worth eating!

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Not up to the hype.

I love discovering different cultures by their street snacks, and when I tried my first Taiwan fried chicken and Sour Plum Sweet Potato Fries at this stall nearby my then school, I was hooked. I then tried these two street snacks at other lesser-known stalls around Singapore and never once have I been disappointed.

So one day, one of my friends asked me if I wanted to try out Shihlin, as it's supposedly the best for Taiwan street snacks in Singapore, and I can't believe I was actually excited to eat plain ol' fried chicken on that day. Sounds loserish, but trust me - if you're into food as much as I am, this would be a common occurrence.

Expecting the same spicy, juicy and crispy chicken that I always got at other stalls, I was surprised to find out that this is others are raving about: chicken which looks more tan rather than golden-brown as it's supposed to, seasoning which tastes as though it was bought straight from convenience stalls, unlike the other stalls I patronized where their seasonings actually made me wonder how they made it, and the worst part: tough chicken. Everything I just said before could have been redeemed if the chicken was actually tender, since that's the basis of good deep-frying, isn't it? But no. I've heard that the quality of the chicken here has deteriorated over the years, but I never expected this 'higher' street snack brand to actually lose out to other lesser-known ones. Such a disappointment.

The sour plum sweet potato fries, I have no complaints. It's hard to mess up deep-frying fries, and then to just sprinkle seasoning over it. I would have seriously wondered what's wrong if they really did mess up the fries.

I'd rather keep the money I would have spent at this stall, and find a smaller, better establishment, like Taiwanderful, Snackz It! or even that random stall at Bugis Street which is super oily but hey, at least I can chew the chicken there. Which would you pay for - brand or quality?

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(Updated: May 08, 2012)

Comparable to the Taiwanese Version!!!!!

Been a huge fan of Shihlin’s XXL chicken cutlet. Huge servings freshly deep fried out of the wok. Even though the price has increased from $3.00 to $3.80 since close to a decade ago, I still go back to it all the time. Have tried the ones in Taiwan before and this is very close to their version, though it is much pricier in Singapore. One tip for the health conscious: Two types of seasoning will be sprinkled on the chicken cutlet after it is deep fried. The chilli powder and the innocent looking white powder. The white powder is actually some sort of MSG which gives the chicken cutlet its salty taste.

However, sometimes the assistant might be over zealous in sprinkling the seasoning and it turns out to be too salty. And we all know the side effects of eating having too much sodium- extreme thirst and falling hair. Thus, what I always do is to either ask for less of the white powder or completely forgo it. The chicken cutlet itself has been marinated in a special flour mixture which gives it an awesome taste and crispy bite.

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XXL Chicken cutlet
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Far East
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(Updated: May 07, 2012)

XXL Chicken!!

The fried chicken cutlet is a MUST-TRY if you are at this store! The deep-fried chicken sprinkled with chilli and pepper powder will be snipped into bite-sized pieces. Place one in your mouth and wait for the flavour to explode. I normally request for less spiced powder as I can't take spiciness very well. If you are an avid spice lover, you also can request for more spiced powder at no extra cost. The chicken served are usually warm and sometimes it can be piping hot! I have never bought cold chicken from here. One piece of chicken is really huge (hence the name XXL chicken) and it is something nice to treat yourself to after a long day.

Although the chicken was tasty, the oyster mee sua was unappealing to me. I hated the overly-sticky texture of the mee sua and the quantity of the oysters can be improved on. The parsley added did not help as I personally detest parsley and the taste of the parsley seeping into the gravy makes the whole bowl infused with a parsley smell. I couldn't take it. The rest was history and I never ordered that again. Better off using the money to buy another piece of XXL chicken or to get a proper and nicer bowl of mee sua somewhere else.

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Super nice chicken!

Want some cheap but really tasty fried chicken? Head down to Shih Lin now! I’m a huge fan of fried chicken and to sate my cravings, I go to Shih Lin! Their XXL fried chicken cutlet is really worth it because it’s a big piece and costs only $3.80. Even though it’s quite unhealthy because I see them reusing their oil for a long time, it’s really super delicious! I cannot resist it. They will put chili powder and pepper and the spicy, piping hot piece of chicken with crispy skin on the outside and tender meat in the inside tastes so good! There were a few times long ago when I didn’t feel like eating rice or noodles so all I had for dinner was the chicken cutlet, which is enough because it’s a big portion and can fill me up for a meal.

Another yummy food worth trying is their Mushroom and Cheese Crepe! There is also the Sausage and Cheese Crepe but don’t bother trying that because it’s not as nice as the former crepe and the difference in satisfaction is quite big. The sausage one can’t be tasted as a whole. The crepe was too thick, maybe because all the sausage slices dropped out. I got sick of it after just one piece.

On the other hand, the mushroom one was really good. Mushroom and cheese make a good combination! The one bad thing about the crepes though, is that they are extremely oily! Don’t eat them too often because they are very unhealthy!

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(Updated: April 26, 2012)

XXL Crispy Chicken can fills up your stomach easily

ShiLin is a well known food street in Taiwan that sells local delights, similar to Singapore's Pasar Malam (flea market). When Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks arrives Singapore, its XXL Crispy Chicken attracted many youngsters for its huge portion and the seasonings. Currently, many people still have it for snacks as it is filling. I will always ask to add more spicy powder as I like spicy food. The outer layer is crispy and the chicken remains tender and juicy. I dislike chicken breast meat as I always find it too dry, but not when I'm having ShiLin chicken.

Oyster Mee Sua is another delicacy that I will have when my craving comes. Only need to add vinegar and white pepper powder to your liking and it is ready to be consumed. The mee sua is smooth and not too thick, you can have it like drinking soup. May not be as filling as XXL Crispy Chicken, you might feel hungry after shopping for another hour. Nevertheless, the main attraction is always the XXL Crispy Chicken that many people would go for.

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FarEast Plaze
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XXL Chicken - Top Favourite!

Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks, as its name explicitly suggests, sells authentic taiwan street snacks like those you find in Taiwan night markets! Now, if you crave for one of the XXL chicken, you can easily purchase one from any of the Shihlin stalls conveniently found in many shopping centres today.

My favourite snack from Shihlin is not surprisingly, the XXL chicken! Even though most of the time, you might have to queue awhile before you can get your order, the crispyness of the chicken definitely makes the wait worthwhile! I love how you can request for the chicken to be more salty or spicy. I'd always request to have the chicken more spicy, and it tastes heavenly everytime! What's more, the chicken definitely lives up to its name. The chicken is always a huge piece and I often have to share it.

Another famous item from Shihlin must be the oyster meesua. Even though I am not a fan of oyster, I've tasted the meesua and its definitely worth a try. The sauce it comes in is super yummy!

I've been eating Shihlin since Secondary school, and till now, I'm still a huge fan. It's that good!

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