July 14, 2017

Chir Chir Fusion Korean Fried Chicken, Pavilion Elite KL Review


Annyeong, friends! I'm taking forever to finish up this review. Since my last visit to the Chir Chir Fusion Korean Fried Chicken's first Malaysia outlet in Pavilion Elite, my life had been a little chaotic (eg: sudden hospital visit, surgery etc). Anyways, I'm back and it's time for me to share my thoughts about this new hip place in town for Korean fried chicken lovers! Warning: this post may trigger unnecessary hunger and writer is not responsible for any of your late night (or daylight) binge eating. πŸ˜‚


Let me set the record straight; I was not really a big fried chicken fan before I discovered this amazing godsend creation called the Korean Fried Chicken. To me, beef is greater than chicken and that is still valid in most cases but my opinion kinda swayed back and forth a lot whenever I am eating the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken, not the one from Kentucky *giggles*). With all the Hallyu wave spreading the Korean culture around seems like Malaysian have finally jumped on the bandwagon too. You can see multiple Korean Fried Chicken restaurants popping up here and there in Kuala Lumpur like mushrooms now. Yup, for those who haven't try it, it's totally different than our normal fried chicken. Theirs is a step up from the original chicken game, with so much variation you'll catch yourself drooling away at the sight of it.

Being a total fan of everything Korean, of course, I too have taken my first dip in this chicken craze. The most amazing part? Each restaurant I went to so far serve their chicken so differently that it's actually hard to decide which is better; which means that my quest for more chickens is not over. Chir Chir Fusion Korean Fried Chicken, for example, offers the most variety out of all the restaurants I've been too. Chir Chir, pronounced 'chir-re, chi-re' or 칠으칠으 mimics the sound Korean made when a chicken got fried in hot oil. This pork-free, lard-free restaurant serves mainly chicken dishes but you can find some other yummy and well-known Korean dishes there too. I managed to try some of their signatures there so without further ado, let's delve deeper into the review.

Menu


Crispy Fried Chicken (RM49.90) & Spicy Chicken (RM56.90)

Let's start with the basic; two of most coveted type of Korean fried chicken are the normal fry and the seasoned one. If you're not familiar the Korean chicken crispiness, you'll find yourself amazed by how they managed to stay crunchy for so long despite having sauce covering them. From my previous experience (research), the reason behind this 'magic' is their double frying technique which will make the outside of the chicken so crispy while the inside still maintains the juiciness of the chicken. Of course, the Crispy Fried Chicken from Chir Chir was not a let down to.  Its just as good as any Korean fried chicken I've tried before; which is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. No more words needed for that.

As for the Yangnyeom (seasoned) chicken μ–‘λ…μΉ˜ν‚¨ , I was first served with one of the basic types of seasoned chicken which is the spicy one. The Spicy Chicken from Chir Chir is slightly spicy for me as I have a relatively low spice tolerance but it is not the spiciest out of all that I tried that night. Topped with nutty almond flakes, the balance between the sauce and the savoriness of the nuts made this chicken something you'll want to eat over and over again.


Nest Snow Chicken (RM62.90)

A more hipster and trendy chicken dish from Chir Chir; topped with rich cream sauce, sweet potato mash, whipped cream and grated cheese, this juicy Cajun chicken tenders will bring an explosion of light & cheesy flavour into your mouth in one bite. It's super savoury yet you won't feel overwhelmed by it as their chicken is not oily at all. Although I do suggest you to eat this faster as it'll get soggy as time passes by.


Spicy BBQ Roasted Chicken (RM62.90)

One of my favourite dish of the night was the Spicy BBQ Roasted Chicken. It drove me crazy with its spiciness but I found myself keep reaching out to it. This yummy oven-roasted, BBQ-sauce-coated chicken comes with sides of baked egg, baked potato and sour cream. There is also a salsa-like condiment which helped to act as the palate cleanser. After all, my tongue needed to reset with every few bites.

Note: This is based on my spicy tolerance. Eros and Bo ate this like its nothing but heck, they ate the Samyang Spicy Ramyun like it was nothing too. πŸ˜…


Honey Butter Chicken (RM48.90)

'Honey Butter' everything was a huge craze in Korea last year and seems like Chir Chir managed to join the bandwagon as well. This crispy boneless chicken was the 'dessert' out of all the chickens I had that night. It's super sweet and strangely addicting too. I especially like having the rice cakes (tteok) dipped in their honey butter sauce. If you are a major sweet tooth, I highly recommend this for you to try.


Spicy Wings (RM48.90)

Just like its name, this chicken is SPICY! Honestly, I can't decide which one of the 'spicy chickens' I tried that night was the spiciest since by the time I had this, my tongue was already slightly numb from the chicken attack (hum that stupid Chicken attack song). This dish also comes with fried potato cubes and rice cakes and is definitely a treat if you are a spicy food + chicken wings mania.


Spicy Topokki (RM29.90)

A night with Korean street/snack foods won't be complete without their most classic representative dish, the tteokbokki (spicy rice cake). Honestly, I have nothing to say against this dish as it has always been yummy to me. However, the Chir Chir version of the spicy rice cake is like an upgrade as its also topped with Cajun battered squid and deep fried hard boiled egg.


Topokki & Cheese (RM15.90)

Here comes my guilty pleasure of the night, the Chir Chir version of Topokki & Cheese. I just love love love love this and I will go there again just to eat this. It's super cheesy and savoury and smells amazing too! I had a hard time trying to restrain myself from reaching out for a bite before everyone managed to get a good shot of this sinful goodness.


Mango Salad (RM21.90)

With all the savouriness of the chicken, I'd recommend you to order a salad as well to balance everything out. Our pick of the night was the sweet and juicy mango salad, topped with yogurt dressing and blueberries. Honestly, I felt bad for neglecting this dish since we were so overwhelmed by the chickens. If you want to try something else, they also have Honey Grape Salad (RM29.90) and the Cajun Chicken Salad (RM19.90) for you to order.

Drinks


I got to taste three different drinks (of course, all non-alcoholic) that night which I find compliments all the dishes well. The Yellow Tok Tok (RM24.90) is a fizzy drink that comes with a tangy and sweet syrup. Its very refreshing especially with the mints on top.


Eros ordered the Red-gizers Mocktails (RM24.90) while I ordered the Raspberry Double Smoothie (RM24.90) for ourselves but ended up liking the other one's better. My first impression of these drinks is on their size. It's so big! The Red-gizers Mocktail is a very interesting and hipster looking drink. It is a mango + strawberry syrup slushie that got topped with Red Bull. The Red Bull are slowly released into the drink whenever you take a sip! I just love the taste and can't help myself from being obsessed. Meanwhile the Raspberry Double Smoothie that Eros love is much more sweeter (he is a major sweet tooth), with ice blended mango puree topped with raspberry slush and freshly whipped cream. If you want to read Eros take on these foods, go read his write up on fishmeatdie.com

Overall


In overall, I find this experience with Chir Chir is a pleasant one. It has a really nice ambiance to dine and chill with friends and seems like a lot of people agree with me. It was super crowded that night despite being a weekday night. Plus, I love the fact that I can get a real Korean fried chicken experience here in Malaysia (their chicken and ingredients are all sourced from Halal suppliers) and their unique chicken holder is definitely a unique point! Price wise, I would have to say that Chir Chir price point is slightly above average but it's still worth it if you are coming for the taste. I'd recommend you to come in a big group though since their meal portions are really big (so you can share).


Even with the dishes I mentioned above, I still have a lot of other menus that I want to try from there. Seriously, their variety is endless! Other menus that have caught my radar for now are the Cheese Fire Chicken Feet (seriously even the name sounds amazing, RM 34.90), the KannPung King (RM48.90), and the Garlicky Chicken (RM56.90).

Chir Chir Malaysia
Level 1, Pavilion Elite, Kuala Lumpur
Contact No.: 03-2110 4867
Facebook: facebook.com/ChirChirMY
Operating Hours: Daily from 11AM– 10PM
Till next post, toodles~! ♥γƒŸ

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