Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Choo Choo Chicken @ PV128 Genting Klang, Setapak

Choo Choo Chicken first cracked open in Singapore in early 2014, reputedly hatched by a Korean language teacher; following two outlets in the city-state (on Bali Lane & in Orchard Cineleisure), the brand spread its wings to KL this year with a Malaysian-run branch on Setapak's Genting Klang Road, serving a wide variety of Korean fried chicken & other warm meals.

No fewer than five flavours of chicken wings are offered - the two that pack the mightiest punch are 'Garlic' & 'Spicy,' with "Sweet' & 'Soy' coming in hot on their heels. The fifth choice is 'Crispy,' with crunchy batter that boasts a sauce-free purity. RM19.90 for eight pieces comprising a single flavour, or RM37.90 for 16 pieces featuring two separate flavours. Juicy on the inside, with much of the flavour coming from heavy coats of reasonably well-tuned sauces. Garlic is aromatic, Spicy is surprisingly fiery, & Sweet is what its name signals (but not cloying); Soy is the least memorable of the sauces, but its relative subtlety might suit some customers. In comparison, Crispy might come across as plain, as a matter of personal preference.

Choo Choo Chicken extends its distinctiveness by also serving whole chickens, which can be ordered in two individual flavours (RM39.90), sufficient for three to four patrons. All in all, freshly & capably prepared, straight from the kitchen to be consumed within minutes, these should prove satisfactory for fans of Korean fried chicken, with the bonus of multiple flavours to sample.

Ramyun's the most recent addition to Choo Choo's menu - fulfilling one-plate options of spicy-cooked noodles with sesame-studded boneless chicken tenders made with leg meat (RM13.90) or tangy-savoury ones with toppoki, the street-food combination of sliced rice cakes, fish cakes & a hard-boiled egg in gochujang red chilli sauce (RM9.90), both thick & tasty.

Another favourite here is the Choo Choo Cham Chi, a creamy rice burger layered with tuna & kimchi (RM8.90) - we liked it more than expected, considering we're not advocates for tuna. Also worth snacking on: Spicy fried rice (RM5.90) & battered oyster mushrooms (RM5.90). Prices are kept affordable, with the surrounding student population firmly in mind.

Beverages showcase a Korean bent too, spanning Seoul's Hite beer & various canned sodas (including Milkis) & juices (with significantly sugary flavours, from crushed pears to grapes). Many thanks to Choo Choo Chicken Malaysia for having us here.

Choo Choo Chicken Malaysia
PV128 Jalan Genting Klang, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 11am-1030pm. Tel: 0341313160

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18 comments:

  1. Do these ones taste somewhat similar to KyoChon chicken? Only thing, I see these ones come in 5 flavours instead of 3 :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: there are some similarities to kyochon, but i think they both end up tasting different in the sauces and the crunchiness of the batter and the flavour of the meat itself :)

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  2. The food looks to be a little too rich and spicy for me, but the beverages look interesting! :)

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    1. Linda: the beverages would appeal to folks who want to try korean canned drinks :) but you're right, some of the dishes here are quite spicy :)

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  3. No one can resist fried chicken, yes? ^__^

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, yes ... gimme my fried chicken now! :D

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  4. That's a fun name, isn't it? And those chickens. Wow! They look inviting. The variety of drinks too are widely festive.

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    1. Lux: choo choo is a cool and catchy name indeed! :)

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  5. Looks nice, they should open one in shah alam :/

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    1. KY: shah alam would probably welcome a korean fried chicken place! :)

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  6. I love fried chicken! Want to try all the flavor, very greedy hor? Hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, i'm the same, i also wanted to try all the flavours! :D

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  7. I had some at KyoChon, Pavilion before... not too bad but too calorific for me :P

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    1. Ken: fried chicken is definitely not for weight-watchers :)

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  8. One look at the chicken and I thought it looks like the ones at the million-dollar Korean fried chicken franchise here and I am right! Anybody surnamed Choo...or anything to do with trains? I am equally perplexed by the name of the one here - Pelicana? A pelican? :D

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    1. Suituapui: heh, i'm not sure where the 'choo' comes from ... and good question too about pelicana, since it doesn't sound like a typical korean name :)

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  9. Ok, a Choo Choo Cham Chi for me! :D

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    1. Rebecca: it's a tasty cross between a rice burger and some kinda sushi, heh :)

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