Featuring Wingstop, Wing Zone, Two Wings and Sticky Wings.
OPEN SINCE: 2013
COME HERE FOR: proudly local flavours and a homegrown fried chicken recipe
Four years ago, chef-owner Jeremy Loh founded Two Wings with a 40-plus-year-old recipe from his granduncle and an unshakable work ethic. Today he shuttles between three outlets daily to ensure that they run smoothly and his fleshy, ungreasy wings meet his standards. They come in three distinctively Singaporean flavours: Heritage (i.e. Original), Salted Egg Yolk, and Chilli Crab (which doesn’t contain crab meat).
$8.90 gets you 6 pieces or 4 pieces and 2 sides (choose from fries, onion rings, coleslaw, corn, rice). With the Lunchtime Lobang promo (before 5pm) at Timbre+, get 4 pieces and a drink for just $6.90.
Timbre+, JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent.
Essen, #01-01 The Pinnacle @ Duxton, 1 Cantonment Road.
#02-321 Downtown East, E!Avenue, 1 Pasir Ris Close.
OPEN SINCE: 2013 (in Singapore); Halal-certified
COME HERE FOR: perfectly tender wings and a constant rotation of excellent promos
Wingstop hails from Texas but has expanded to Southeast Asia, with outlets in Indonesia and the Philippines. Here in Singapore, the roster of 12 flavours not only includes American classics like Louisiana Rub and Garlic Parmesan, but also a local creation (and our favourite)—Kecap Manis. It’s sweet, spicy, savoury, and a must-try.
For $8.45, you get 6 classic, breaded or boneless wings or 2 drumsticks. A $10.95 combo adds on fries, ranch dip and soda. Wings aside, we recommend the mushroom fritters ($4.95)—juicy white button mushrooms with crispy golden crusts.
Be sure to check out the attractive promos. Currently, Wingstop offers an $8.80 cutlet rice lunch box (weekdays 11am to 2pm) with boneless leg meat, quinoa rice, coleslaw and soda. Immediately after the lunch hour comes Happy Hour (weekdays 2 to 6pm), when 10 boneless wings cost $9.95.
#B1-53 Bedok Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Road. Tel: 6844 9230
#B1-33 City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road. Tel: 6509 6571
#01-18 JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1. Tel: 6904 9369
#B1-108 Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6265 2648
#02-143 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk. Tel: 6265 3690
OPEN SINCE: 2017
COME HERE FOR: a diverse menu with Portuguese doughnut burgers and beef rendang fries
Sticky Wings offers an eclectic menu that plays to many audiences. On weekday mornings, pick up a local breakfast of bee hoon or nasi lemak (both $3). Over the weekend, wake up to pancakes ($5.50) or a sausage muffin ($4.50). One of the specialties here is Portuguese doughnuts (malasadas), which inventively serve as buns in their chicken burgers—Cluckin’ Good (lemongrass, $7.50) and Chick Magnet (salted egg yolk, $7.90).
The wings (from $8.20) come in three options: Naked (i.e. no sauce), Spicy Flamin’ and (our favourite) Sticky Kecap Manis. We also love the beef rendang fries, dubbed We Meat Again ($6.50), a localised version of Bolognese fries.
#02-05 Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive. Tel: 6266 8455
OPEN SINCE: 2014 (in Singapore); Halal-certified
COME HERE FOR: tastebud-tingling sauces that are balanced and addictive
It’s difficult to pick our favourite flavour at Wing Zone, a chain that originated in Florida. Liquid Gold has a honey mustard profile; Smokin Q is an addictive BBQ sauce; Sweet Samurai balances sweet with salty and sour; Buffalo Bliss, a classic flavour that may not suit Singaporean tastebuds, is surprisingly yet delightfully sour.
The boneless option uses breast meat (Wingstop uses thigh), but the flesh is remarkably moist. Also, Wing Zone avoids frozen chicken and relies on daily deliveries of poultry. Prices start at $7.95 for 6 wings and $8.95 for 3 drumsticks.
Level 4, Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street.
#01-13, Blk 277C Compassvale Link.
#01-148 Singapore Post Centre, 10 Eunos Road.