One fine day I walked past and saw this newly opened Nene Chicken@The Starling (CLOSED). Well, you all know I love fried chicken. Korean fried chicken.
So one evening, I decided to check them out.
You have a choice of Classic Chicken Whole Leg, Boneless Chicken Thigh Meat or Wingettes and Drumettes. I wanted the boneless chicken but that was the most expensive item at RM43.90 (original) or RM45.90 (flavored). I suppose it comes in a big portion with complimentary sides.
So I settled on the chicken whole leg (3 pieces) to go. There are 4 flavors - Original, Swicy (sweet and spicy), Bulgogi or Freaking Hot. When I see "hot" I always pooh pooh it because some "hot" flavors weren't that hot for me. So. I chose the Freaking Hot.
They give you this thing while you are waiting for your order.
Back home, I was very eager to tuck into my freaking hot Korean fried chicken.
The chicken was already cold but still a bit crispy. The aroma is very pungent and the sauce is sweet and spicy. When I bit into my first piece, I was like, OK.....it is spicy but not that spicy that you will jump to the roof kind of spicy.
When I bit into my second piece, that's when the heat kicked in. Oh yeah, it was hot. Then it got hotter.
By the third piece, I was like, WOOOHOOO!!! HOT! HOT!! HOT!!! My heart was racing and my lips and tongue were burning. My nose started dripping too.
The chicken came with a small serving of pickled radish that was very cooling and helped to remedy the heat a little bit. So I ate the chicken with the radish. They taste really good together.
So for those of you who enjoy your cili padi, you can survive this Freaking Hot flavor (and even get a kick out of it). But for the rest of you who will pengsan even when you bite into a slice of chili (like my partner), avoid this like the plague unless if you are sadistic and want a good torture session.
So will I go for this Freaking Hot flavor again? You bet I would because it's freaking delicious....though torturous.