Founded in 1999, NeNe chicken specalises in Korean fried chicken and they now habe 1003 stores and counting in South Korea. It's Singapore store is the store out of South Korea. They do delivery as well.
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I used to like Nene Chicken. The Snowing Cheese flavour reminded me of the seasoning used for my favourite childhood titbit, the Super Ring cheese snack. Although the chicken itself was not very flavourful, the seasoning more than made up for it. You can’t go wrong with something fried and cheesy!
However, Nene Chicken recently changed management and that was the end of my love affair. To my great horror, the Snowing Cheese flavour was discontinued, leaving me lost and not knowing what to do with my cravings for that fried cheesy goodness.
Although the other flavours like Swicy are palatable, they aren’t anything to shout about. You’d be better off at Four Fingers.
The Korean Fried Chicken craze in Singapore shows no signs of slowing down, and one of the first few I tried was Nene Chicken, the ‘sauce-coated specialist’. They’re why I got hooked to korean-style fried chicken, but ever since the novelty of NeNe Chicken died down, the quality of their food has been sliding.
My personal favourite flavour is the Swicy ($7.90), which features a thick, tangy, slightly spicy sauce. For spice-lovers there’s Freaking Hot. Fair warning, the spice is so intense that it burned my mouth, and I could barely stomach it. Their signature rich sauce, crunchy flour batter and tender meat made the perfect chicken. However, their standard isn’t consistent across all outlets. I usually patronise their Simei outlet, where the quality of the chicken is about the same, but when I ordered from their outlet at *Scape the chicken came out soggy, dry and a little cold. With so many korean fried chicken restaurants popping up everywhere, NeNe Chicken may be well past its prime, which is a shame.
I ate the Shocking Hot Sauce Chicken and the other was Fried Chicken with mixed onion and Asian sauce, I think, with my friends since they said it was nice.
Firstly the Shocking Hot Sauce Chicken is freaking spicy hot, literally. After eating just one of it, I had to wash my mouth and drink water eat ice for about 5 minutes constantly to just get the spicy taste go away. It was something that I had never tasted so powerful before and the chicken was good although I am overpowered by the spiciness (i'm not a chili guy). Next is the Fried Chicken with mixed onion and Asian sauce, which I think is what I ate. It was sweet and good that I can savor the flavor in my mouth, and again it was good and well cooked.
In my opinion, the Hot Sauce Chicken is a must try for once only because it was really hot (spicy) until I do not know how to describe it anymore.
NeNe Chicken literally means "Yes yes chicken" in Korean. There are 6 different types of chicken flavour - Bulgogi, Green onion, Crispy, Freaking hot, Snowing Cheese, Swicy, and Double Fried.
I picked the 2pc meal (Crispy Chicken) and topped up the Swicy sauce for $1. Even though I was attracted by the different flavours that was available, I ended up sticking with a safer option. After all, I can still try their Swicy sauce by dipping. I never liked my whole chicken to be drenched in sauce. It usually makes the chicken soggy and also very messy to eat.
The set meal comes with mustard sauce, fries, radish cubes and a drink.
Fresh, crispy and piping hot is what you got to love about NeNe Chicken. NeNe Chicken is known for their variety of sauces and Swicy is one of that! I think it means "Spicy and Sweet". I was tempted to order Freaking Hot, but the lady at the counter told me that it is really very spicy. Thankfully I dropped the idea, because I read from reviews later on that the level of spiciness is just way too high for me.
Swicy has a mild kick of spiciness with a hint of sweetness in it. Not too overpowering, and very addictive. In fact, it was a perfect combination with the fries. Mustard on the other hand, was quite lacking as it tasted more of sourness.
Talking about the fries, I love the taste and texture of it. The spiced seasoning on the fries is already more than delicious to start with. You can just ditch the sauce and the fries will still taste superb.
NeNe Chicken is also thoughtful enough to provide us with plastic disposable gloves and wet tissue. I prefer using my bare hands though.
Overall, NeNe Chicken is a great fast food place to dine at, especially if you want to save some money for more shopping at SCAPE! Good food don't always have to be expensive right? I would love to go back for more and I would (maybe) try the freaking hot sauce for dips.
This fast food restaurant has quite a strange name indeed. However, that did not stop me from visiting their Bedok Mall with a group of friends a while back. The pictures on their menu looked sooo goood.
I managed to try some of their Snowing Cheese Chicken as well as their Buffalo Sticks (fries). The chicken was decent, but lacked flavour. I would give it about 6.5/10 as it was passable but not the best. As for their Buffalo Sticks, they were a bit too oily and considering the price, the amount given was too small :(
Overall, I have mixed feelings about NeNe Chicken. Their food still appeals to me and I definitely want to visit again but there some aspects that they really need to improve on in order to retain and attract more customers. For example, their service. My simple order took more than 10 minutes to arrive, without any prior notification from the staff. "Fast food"? I think not.
Not to be rude or anything, but the first time I heard of NeNe Chicken I literally burst out laughing at its name.
After my first try though, I have to admit it’s actually pretty good. I love spicy food, so of course I picked the super spicy chicken, despite my friend’s protests that I wouldn’t be able to take it. In the end, I decided that it was a tad spicy for my liking, but still tolerable.
For those of you out there who can’t take spicy food, I would advise you not to get their super spicy chicken, or perhaps you could share it with a friend. And for those who love their chicken hot and spicy, this is a must-try!
NeNe chicken is also the first fast food restaurant I know of that provides gloves for their customers so that they would not get their hands greasy and dirty. Very thoughtful of them!
Service and quality aside, the dining area was too small and packed. There was hardly any space to move without banging into another customer who is happily at her table enjoying his or her chicken. Meals are a little pricey, though I would have to say it’s pretty worth it.
Nene chicken is a new kid at the fried chicken scene in Singapore but it is a popular fast food chain in Korea. Koreans really love their fried chicken don't they? Bonchon then Nene Chicken. I have to say that I am impressed by Nene chicken and I am a convert to Korean fried chicken which is just very different from our local or Western ones. There are 4 different flavors and I ordered the Green Onion flavor because I really like onions and have never had onion flavored fried chicken so it was quite interesting to me.
The set meal came with the chicken, fries (which are really skinny and crispy unlike your usual McDonald fries), pickled radish (which I did not care for) and a drink. At $13.90, it is more expensive than your usual fast food meal but it is nice and worth the money. The chicken are not wings or thighs but rather, the meat came in chunks. Something like KFC's popcorn chicken but wayyy larger and crispier. I really enjoyed it! I didn't had my food there because like the reviewer below me, I felt that the place was cramped and thus, I just had my chicken taken away.
I love my korean chicken spicy so I was extremely surprised to find the super spicy flavoured chicken living up to its name. Its the most spicy chicken I have ever eaten in Singapore over soaked in thick "gu chu jang" sauce. Chloe was saying it was too much sauce for her. Its much like the chicken we eat in Korea, although the skin is not light and flaky like bon chon, which was a real bummer. We ordered take away and it was packed very nicely, wrapped in two layers of foil and coming with wet tissue and disposable gloves. They do home delivery to the surrounding areas.
I did not like the eating area. It was cramped and small like the old bon chon layout at ION. And they did not allow you to mix the flavors either. Since we had 20 pieces of the same flavour. I had wanted half to be super spicy and the other half to be bulgogi so the others could eat it.
Oh well, do try the spicy chicken before it becomes localized and watered down. That happened to bon chon and I don't eat there anymore. Right now its my favourite spicy chicken place in Singapore, simply because I love spicy chicken. I believe they only have it at Star Vista for now.