If you’re in town for some fried chicken and are (not) spoiled for choice, go for Chir Chir. From South Korea to Singapore and finally landing on the shores of Malaysia, the Chimaek restaurant is here to satisfy your monthly cravings.
Pronounced Chi-ruh Chi-ruh, the name originates from the sweet crackling sound of bubbling oil when a chicken is dunked into a deep fryer. As Team Marie Claire sat down at the table eagerly awaiting our late lunch – we were told to arrive on an empty stomach – we had our pick from the drinks menu. Beer topped with cream? A jar of thirst-quenchers? The team was quick to form a favourite – the towering Lady Killer, a slushie lemonade concoction with a bottle of Carlsberg stuck upside down in a heavy glass.
Mango Salad, RM21.90
To start off, a plate of mango salad, topped with yogurt dressing, blueberries, and generous shavings of parmesan cheese.
If you aren’t feeling like chicken at all, Chir Chir has a side of specials. Mac and cheese is fine and dandy (RM14.90), but Chir Chir throws a spin on it with topokki and cheese (RM15.90), a personal favourite of ours – we dig the extra bite the topokki offers to the dish.
Having our taste of three different kinds of cheese, we saved some space for the big dish. What caught us off guard was the scent. We expected the warm, deep-fried smell of batter and chicken – but were greeted with a sweet, buttery scent of a freshly seared waffle. A house favourite, the Honey Butter Chicken is served tossed with potato wedges, fried topokki, generously glazed with Chir Chir’s honey butter sauce, and topped with honey butter seasoning powder (yes), dried cranberries, and sliced almonds. We figured out why our taste buds and eyes weren’t syncing up.
What’s a fried chicken joint without proper fried chicken? We had all three popular options served up – the classic Crispy Fried Chicken, the red-hot favourite Spicy Wings, and the taste-gripping Garlicky Chicken Tenders.
Spicy Wings, RM48.90
We’re calling this – the spicy wings will be everyone’s favourite come end of the month. The chicken wings are fried, tossed in Chir Chir’s special sauce along with fried sweet potato cubes, and toppoki. For the more adventurous spice foodies, make a note to the chef – you can request for a spicier version! For Team MC though, the normal spice level was more than enough.
Crispy Fried Chicken, RM49.90; Garlicky Chicken, RM56.90 (note: pictured are half-sized portions of each dish)
At this point, it became quite clear that we were served freshly fried chicken. We’re talking fresh chicken breast / tender / wing (take your pick, it’s a chicken joint), dipped into batter, chi-ruh chi-ruh fried, and tossed in their individual proprietary sauce. There was never a complaint of a dry or tough bite, every bite is juicy, tender, sinfully hot. Mouth-watering. If you’re concerned about the waiting time it takes to achieve succulent tenderness, our experience was 8 – 12 minutes.
For the outrageously extravagant, go for a nest made entirely of juicy fried Cajun chicken, served on a bed of sweet potato puree with cream sauce, topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream, and topped with hints of parmesan, cheddar, and mozzarella. We each took one bite out of the dish, and immediately waved white flags while patting our stomachs.
Verdict? This is a succulent sin meant to shared. The more the merrier! Get a big group of friends with a simultaneous craving for fried chicken, cheese, and beer. You won’t be disappointed.