Korean fast food chicken chain NeNe Chicken opens its first international outlet in Singapore
By Cheryl Chia
What do Koreans say when they get especially emphatic about something? They say “Ne! Ne!”, and that’s what fast food chicken chain NeNe Chicken hopes to achieve here.
Founded in 1999 with more than 1,000 outlets in Korea, NeNe Chicken has chosen Singapore to house its first international outlet at The Star Vista mall. Rodney Tang, owner of NeNe Chicken Singapore says, “We are very proud to bring this famous Korean lifestyle fast food chain to Singapore and we are eager to introduce the unique taste of NeNe’s secret recipe sauces to Singaporeans.”
He adds, “We are also sure that many expatriate Koreans living in Singapore would be excited to find their favourite fast food chicken eatery now at their doorstep.”
Each of NeNe’s deep fried chickens is coated liberally in sauce and they only use fresh chickens, so no rancid-tasting chicken here. Its signature Swicy chicken ($8.90 to $11.90 for a meal) is a word-play on “sweet” and “spicy”, where the whole chicken is coated in the piquant sauce of ketchup, garlic, onion, soy sauce and chilli. We found the Swicy a tad sweet but altogether flavourful and tender.
Chilli fiends will enjoy their Freaking Hot Chicken ($26.90 for nine). It really burns a hole in your mouth! We recommend trying it once for kicks at the end of the meal, so you can still taste the milder-flavoured options on the menu.
For those who can’t take spice, there is the Green Onion Chicken Tender Boneless ($13.90 for a meal) and the Snowing Cheese Tender Boneless ($26.90) for an easy-to-eat option. NeNe also keeps the Korean tradition alive with side dishes such as pickled radishes ($1.90). Top up your orders with their Buffalo Sticks shoe-string fries ($2.50 to $2.90) or NeNe Coleslaw ($1.90) which has been marinated in their special house sauce for 12 hours, for a well-balanced salad.
Kids would also love their NeNePOP with its bright yellow popcorn-inspired cup. A small container comprising mini hash-balls and popcorn chicken is placed atop a small soda with a straw peeking through for easy access to the drink below.
NeNe Chicken also offers delivery services in selected districts.
NeNe Chicken Singapore is located at The Star Vista, 1 Vista Green Exchange, #01-24, Singapore 138617, Tel: 6222 6363 for delivery