Chicken Up is a Korean restaurant that has just opened in Subang Jaya. The main owners of Chicken Up, a brand born in Singapore, are Koreans themselves. Chicken Up was named Singapore’s No. 1 Korean Fried Chicken after their Korean fried chicken were picked to be the best out of 8 in a blind tasting challenge conducted by a tv channel in Singapore.
Chicken Up has been operating for about seven years now and the opening of Chicken Up Subang Jaya marks the second of this restaurant to be opened in Malaysia (the first is at Taman Mount Austin, Johor). Chicken Up is known for its distinct flavoured Korean Fried Chicken whereby each chicken part is marinated for at least 12 hours before it is cooked and served to customers.
The above are the Top 12 Food at Chicken Up and from this list I highly recommend you to try the following:
- No. 1 Ganjang Soya Chicken Wings
- No. 3 Bulgogi Fries
- No. 4 Ugly Tang (Army Stew)
- No. 9 Snow Squid Topokki (if you are okay with spicy food)
- No. 11 Melon / Watermelon Bingsu
- No. 12 Watermelon Soju
Chicken Up’s Ganjang Soya Chicken Wings (garlic-soya) was really good. The chicken wings were juicy and slightly saltish. It wasn’t as crispy as I like it to be but I guess it is because of the marinate. You may order either the mega half chicken (mega 4 pieces) @ RM28.00 or signature wings (4 pieces) @ RM18.00.
Other Korean Fried Chickens that are available here are Spicy Up, Chrispy Up (extra crispy), Yangnyum Up (sweet batter) and Spicy Yangnyum Up (spicy).
The Bulgogi Fries (BBQ Beef) @ RM26.00 was, in my opinion, the best tasting fries that I’d so far. I never knew beef could go so well with fries. You can’t see the beef when it arrive at your table. But after digging in, you could see that this dish is fully loaded with thinly sliced beef slices, marinated in soy sauce and other home-made secret ingredients. This Bulgogi Fries alone is a reason why you should try Chicken Up.
After having a good impression on Chicken Up’s Bulgogi Fries, we decided to order the Kimchi Fries @ RM26.00 as well. The Kimchi Fries was sourish but it doesn’t taste like the normal kimchi. This Kimchi Fries comes with generous serving of fries with fermented kimchi and marinated shredded chicken. The fries may be expensive but considering the ingredients that comes with it, it was quite alright. The portion is big enough to be shared between 3 to 4 persons.
If fries are not your thing, you may try the Yangpa Bomb @ RM 18.00. Yangpa Bomb basically is crispy golden onion petals served with fresh carrot and cucumber sticks.
For mains, if you have a company between 2 to 3 persons, you may want to try the Ugly Tang Stew (Army Stew) @ RM38.00. The army stew comes with chicken slice, ham, sausage, vegetable, macaroni, baked bean, cheese and noodles.
If you prefer your army stew less spicy or very spicy, you may add the chili paste according to your own preference.
The Snow Squid Topokki @ RM68.00 is also great for sharing. Just look at the size of the fried squid. This Snow Squid Topokki is also known as the UFO Topokki as it is served in an UFO shaped pan. The ingredients in this Snow Squid Topokki include soft rice cake, fish cake and vegetable seasoned with sweet red chili sauce and topped with deep fried breaded whole squid and snow cheese.
It also comes with some side dishes and they include caramelized kimchi, cheese, corn cheese, kimchi fried rice, steamed egg and some grinded padano cheese as garnish. I got to warn you though, this dish is seriously spicy.
If you are here for lunch and do not wish to order too much for yourself, you may try their Jabchae @ Rm18.00 – stir-fried glass noodle with shitake mushroom, red and green pepper, carrots and chives in secret blend of soy sauce and beef seasoning. I think there is some secret ingredient in their soy sauce. Almost everything with soy sauce tasted great.
You may also order their Haemul Pajeon (Seafood and Green Onion Pancake) @ RM26.00 to go with your glass noodles. There are shrimps, squids, chili pepper, onion and chives prepared with Korean batter mix and beef seasoning. You have to eat this fast when its hot because it turns soggy when its cold.
There are many interesting drinks here as well. This is their Lightbulb Drinks and in case you were wondering, these lightbulb containers are free for you to take home. The soda, juice and smoothie comes in the lightbulb containers.
If you prefer alcoholic drinks, you may try their signature Watermelon Soju @ RM48.00.
If you want something stronger, then I suggest you go for their Sojurita and Beerita, also RM48.00 each. There are 4 stimulating flavours – Coco Paradise, Sea Breeze, Sunrise and Berry Love Potion – all infused with Korea’s most popular distilled beverage, Soju. It’s like a slushy, fruity, subtly sweet and extremely refreshing alcoholic drink in one.
These eye-appealing drinks are good to be had with colleagues and friends after work.
Your meal here wouldn’t be complete without trying Chicken Up’s Bingsu. There are only 3 bingsus here – Melon Bingsu @ RM38.00, Watermelon Bingsu @ RM28.00 and Oreo Bingsu @ RM28.00. Since we just had the watermelon soju, we opted for the melon bingsu and oreo bingsu.
Between the two bingsu, you should order the melon bingsu because it comes with fresh melon fruit, shaved frozen milk ice and topped with vanilla ice cream.
Overall, we were quite happy with our meal here. It was quite crowded when we came at about 7pm and even when we left at 10pm, there were still people queuing outside. There are currently 2 floors that are open to the public so don’t worry about having to wait very long. There are more seats upstairs. But if you wish to avoid waiting for too long, you should either come earlier or book a table.
Chicken Up is definitely very “up” for me. Who’s up for Chicken Up?
Chicken Up Subang Jaya
Address: No 7, 7-1, 7-2 Jalan SS15/4E, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 017-577 9377
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 12.00am (Everyday) – Last Order will be 11:00pm
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