Old Chang Kee

A April 17, 2012
 
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Old Chang Kee is an all time favourite for me! I like to call it “Old Chunky” because of the meaty chicken wings which are one of their most popular items.

Old Chang Kee is conveniently found in almost all major shopping centres and also scattered around places such as MRT stations and National University of Singapore. I frequent Old Chunky for its chicken wings, squid tentacles, gyoza and spring roll, which is of the ultimate crispiness and flavour. Sometimes the items might have been left there for a while though, as I have experienced a soft spring roll before which is not as delightful. However, the taste is still fulfilling.

There is a wide range of snacks to choose from and the list is always getting longer! All the food may be considered unhealthy, but it is satisfying for a little snack during the day. They also have an eat-in outlet at Paya Lebar which I have yet to try but am looking forward to doing so someday.

Overall Old Chang Kee definitely delivers in terms of bringing out the taste of old time favourite snacks such as carrot cake as well as appealing to those who like crab or prawn fillets which are more westernized.

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Average Spent Per Person:
3
Best Part:
gyoza
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Best local snack
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Perhaps one of the most famous stalls in Singapore, Old Chang Kee offers tasty and affordable (all stick foods are less than $2!) finger food that are well received by both old and young alike. Situated all over Singapore, you can easily stumble upon an Old Chang Kee outlet (or kiosk) even when you aren’t particularly looking for one. Their prominent signature yellow and white signboard attracts your attention easily.

The variety of options is rather huge and my favourite orders are the Sotong balls and the nuggets. The tiny prawn fritters are good as well. As I am not a fan of curry puffs, I usually skip them unless I have a special craving on certain days. My favourite ones are the curry ones. Fans of seafood would be glad to know that there is a plethora of fried seafood on stick to choose from!

Old Chang Kee chicken wings are indeed not famous for nothing. I love the golden crispy exterior and the tender meat. It can be quite a hassle to eat chicken wings outside, so I don’t order this often. But they’re so worth the $1.20.

Old Chang Kee also caters to parties and so place your (huge) orders early!
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An awesome grab-and-go choice!
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4.0
Old Chang Kee is certainly a brand name known by both the young and old alike. Students and working adults can always been seen queuing up in the mornings, grabbing a breakfast item on the way to school or work. I used to buy Old Chang Kee very often on my way to work as it is always conveniently located near a MRT!

Some of my favourite picks from Old Chang Kee would be the curry puff, nuggets, breaded prawn and sotong balls! They have a wide variety of items, even mee siam and beehoon in the morning, if you are early enough that is!

When I used to work in the morning, I'd always buy a packet of their laksa dried noodle for breakfast whenever it is available. It tastes like laksa, but it is dry and fuss-free, making it a choice breakfast item. Sadly, it is not for sale every morning as the breakfast menu changes everyday.
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Who stole the bite?
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0
Spider-man stole a bite at Old Chang Kee’s famous curry puff.
See! That’s how delicious the curry puffs are!

But wait, was it eight legged or six legged? It was an unidentified cockroach nymph looking insect that even Singapore’s laboratory specialist couldn’t decide what it was.
This incident happened right after the company was featured in a company workfare variety show that meant to boost up the company’s image. Seems like it backfired and served a double blow.

And as usual, the approach Singapore government organizations or most businessmen adopt is to go missing-in-action and soon the insect affair will be forgotten. Yes, it’s been forgotten.

Netizens are busy digging out high-profile men involved in the latest underage prostitute scandal. Meanwhile, patrons are approaching the irresistible curry puffs again, but with more cautious attempts when chomping into the fillings.

Items I do recommend at Old Chang Kee are their –
Fried Sotong (3 kinds)
Spicy Fried Sotong
Sotong Balls
Curry puffs (Humongous fillings)
Gyoza
Cheese Sausage

The fried prawns taste really delicious but it’s actually more flour than prawn. While the chicken nuggets are dry and hard, the tapioca cake is very tasty and less oily than those you grab from markets.

Do remember to top them up with the Sambal Chili. Sedap!

If you are looking for small bites, this is a place to head too. If not, they are costly if you buy a lot of them as a meal. I wish the prices are lower.
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affordable snacks
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0
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4.0
Old Chang Kee is well known for its curry puffs. I like the curry puffs very much as well. The texture of the skin is crispy and the edges are nice to chew into. You can taste the nice aroma of the dough that is used to make the skin. Inside the puff, the curry potatoes are mixed with a tinge of spices which adds a nice spicy flavour and the potatoes are not too mashed up.

Besides the puff, my personal favourites are the sotong heads, and sotong bodies/wings (i think they change the name recently) and their chicken wings. All these items are deep fried with a batter that has a tinge of curry powder which i find it very tasty, but i must say that as the deep frying is done by the staff at the outlet, there are always some discrepancies in the quality every now and then. There was even a period where i stop eating as the batter for the sotong became all soft and soggy. But the chicken wings are succulent with the meat juices still trapped inside the skin. This is one of the best wings i eaten from stalls that are similar to old chang kee. Cheap great snack but not too much, its fattening.
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cheap and good snacks
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
3.5
Old Chang Kee is a name that rings a bell for all Singaporeans. It is commonly located in shopping malls of the heartlands and has been famous for its curry puffs for a very long time. The shops have an antique and vintage feel to it, especially the outlet at Bugis Junction. It makes consumers like us feel that we have time-travelled to the older days.

Many people often patronize Old Chang Kee for its fried snacks besides curry puffs. Some popular snacks are the fried squid head, fishballs, sotong balls and yam pie. Long queues can be seen in the morning as some outlets sell breakfast such as nasi lemak. Thus, you can say that it is catered to locals' tastebuds. Also, I must say that the quality of the food did not drop throughout the years and new items were even introduced to allow consumers to have greater choices.

So why not head down to the nearest shopping mall and grab some tasty snacks from Old Chang Kee now?

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Good reflection of our costs of living
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
I remembered when I was studying part time, Old Chang Kee was my dinner. I would buy two curry puffs at $0.80 each. I remembered at the time, the size was bigger and two curry puffs were filling enough as my dinner.

Since then, I had been seeing the prices going up ten cents or more every few years. I accepted that due to inflation, prices must go up but must the size of curry puffs go down with increasing price? If I buy two curry puffs now for dinner, I don't think it will be filling enough for dinner.

The winning point of Old Chang Kee now is the variety of the snacks available. Even their curry puffs come with different flavours already. If they are able to lower their prices or have some loyalty points program, I will definitely be their big fan, at least my children are already their fans.
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The good and the not-so-good.
(Updated: May 07, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
0.5
Service 
 
0.5
Value 
 
2.0
Overall Score 
 
3.0
Old Chang Kee is famous for its fried, oily, tasty, yummy, local delights. Everyone who grew up loving local savoury would love this joint. I’m going to talk about my favourite few items in its line up. And also comment on its recent bad publicity.

First up. Curry puff. If you have seen my review on Polar Puffs, which produce the best flaky, crispy, curry puffs in Singapore, this brand name provides one of the best mainstream, “SMOOTH SKIN” type of potato curry puffs. The perfect thickness of its skin, and the amazing consistency in which all the outlets produce these curry puffs at, is just outstanding. On top of that, the crab meat stick is also great. The crisp golden brown skin and the white tofu ish insides make crab meat lovers want more than the 3 piece stick that is offered.

This being said. Old Chang Kee’s latest bad publicity regarding its famous Facebook “cockroach” picture is a testament to its service and hygiene deficiencies. The hiring of cheap and disinterested staff in many of its outlets, some I suspect, do not even know what they are selling, are the source of rude, irresponsible, and insensitive service. I, for one, went home to realize that the favourite curry puff I ordered, turned out to be a damn Sardine Puff.

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Average Spent Per Person:
3
Best Part:
curry puff
Branch Location:
all
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