5 places to get crunchy, crispy, and cheap chicken skin treats

Fried chicken skin ($8) from Alter Ego at Esplanade Mall.
Fried chicken skin ($8) from Alter Ego at Esplanade Mall.TNP PHOTO: YEOH WEE TECK

Move over salted egg yolk. The next poultry craze could well be chicken skin.

Once a discarded part of the chicken, it is now easy to order a bowl of fried chicken skin almost anywhere you go. Even local fast food chicken joint 4Fingers recently teamed up with chef Bjorn Shen for the Skinnies ($4), crunchy chicken skin marinated overnight with a mix of spices, served with the Dip ($2).

Yes, it is bad for you and moderation is key, but how do you resist such crisp deliciousness?

And here's a plus point if you're hooked on this trend.

It is - for now - still inexpensive. Get it while it is cheap!

Alter Ego

Address: #01-13D, Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue, 039802

Telephone: 6327-9301

Opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays, noon to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm; Fridays, noon to 3pm, 5pm to 1am; Saturdays, 11am to 1am; Sundays, 11am to 11pm

If you like a touch of heat with your chicken skin ($8), the Alter Ego version will satisfy. It is spicy and aromatic, and so crispy that it crackles with each bite.


Chicken skin yakitori ($3) from Uma Uma. TNP PHOTO: YEOH WEE TECK

Uma Uma Millenia Walk

Address: #02-06, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, 039596

Telephone: 6837-0827

Opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays, 11.30am to 10.30pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 11.30am to midnight; Sundays 11.30am to 10pm

Trust a yakotori place to do chicken skin well. The chicken skin ($3) at Uma Uma may look loaded with sauce, but it maintains its crispiness.


Chicken skin ($1 a portion, $2 for takeaway) from Mat Noh & Rose Chicken Rice. PHOTO: MAT NOH & ROSE CHICKEN RICE

Mat Noh & Rose Chicken Rice

Address: 91 Whampoa Drive #01-27 Whampoa Makan Place, 320091

Telephone: 8400-2206

Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 8am to 3pm

Mat Noh & Rose Chicken Rice is a crowd puller at Whampoa Makan Place. They open at 8am but by the time lunch swings around, they are usually already out of chicken skin ($1 a portion, $2 for takeaway). The skin is marinated in hand-pounded ginger and garlic, then deep fried. And for extra oomph, ask for extra ginger and garlic as a topping.


Chicken skin ($1.50 a portion, $4.70 a tub) from Ponggol Nasi Lemak's Jalan Besar branch. PHOTO: PONGGOL NASI LEMAK

Ponggol Nasi Lemak

Address: 371 Jalan Besar, #01-01, 208998

Telephone: 6293-0020

Opening hours: Fridays to Wednesdays, noon to 11pm

One of the most popular side dishes at Ponggol Nasi Lemak Jalan Besar branch is the chicken skin ($1.50 a portion, $4.70 a tub). only limited portions are sold because it takes forever to prepare this: Fat is removed from under the skin before it is triple-fried, then tossed with a mix of kicap manis, black pepper, curry leaves and local spices. The result is a dish that makes you happy to ditch your diet.


Crispy Chicken Skin with Ponzu Sauce ($5) from Tomo Izakaya. PHOTO: TOMO IZAKAYA

Tomo Izakaya

Address: 3A River Valley Road, 01-14, 179020

Telephone: 6333-0100

Opening Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, noon to 1am; Friday and Saturday, noon to 3am

Tomo Izakaya offers a whole range of alcohol, so it's not a surprise that they've recently introduced Crispy Chicken Skin with Ponzu Sauce ($5) to its menu. The zest from the yuzu should cut away any sort of grease from the skin, a crunchy treat which should enhance your drinking experience.

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