Chickano – Blk 527 Bedok North Street 3 (Closed)

(This F&B establishment had currently ceased operations.)

It seems that the Kaki Bukit neighbourhood has quite a number of unconventional halal eateries situated there. After having covered J’s Wok & Grill some time back, we found ourselves coming back to the same neighbourhood for yet another halal eatery, Chickano.

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Think Chickano as the counterpart of Arnold’s; both are local brands that specialise in fast-food fried chicken and offers various meal combos. Chickanos also has a variety of burgers and interesting sides such as Satay. Desserts are available too, all of which displayed in the chiller placed outside the restaurant.

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(Two-Piece Combo Meal)

Unlike Arnold’s, the meals here come in plastic plates rather than in disposable ones. The two-piece combo meal comes with fries and drink, which is a choice between Coke or three flavours of Snapple (yes; at no additional charge). I added the coleslaw at the side for $2.50; the full cost of a side.

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Mine came served with a Chicken Wing and Chicken Breast. I would say that Chickano’s batter seemed to make their fried chicken crunchy than crispy; it seemed to have a biscuit-like crunch. However, it would also mean that the skin does not seem to sit on top of the meat, which eventually became two separate things to enjoy on their own. Meat was tender, and while it was a wee bit oily, it was not even half as bad as those served by a certain fast food brand.

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The sides were also fine; fries were crispy but could have been more well-filled. Adequate amount of salt helped it to flavour. Coleslaw was great; fresh hand-cut vegetables, a thick-enough dressing and some fruits added for a bit of refreshing zest; definitely made us feel less guilty from all that fried food.

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So, here comes the most anticipated question of the day; Arnold’s or Chickano? Truthfully speaking, I prefer my fried chicken to be crispy than crunchy, so I would pick the former as my preferred brand. We however cannot deny that Chickanos does make for a good contender; its quality and taste are not really far behind either. They still have a few things fixed though; from the often-confused orders and an item that kept dropping in the kitchen because it just could not hang properly. Hopefully they could also add a soda dispenser too; the sight of seeing the poor counter staff having to pour out Coke from the 1.5 litre bottle is something I really never expected to see from a fast food restaurant.

Blk 527 Bedok North Street 3
Singapore 460527

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