Ah Tan Wings

Damned if Singapore ain't becoming Fried Chicken Inc already, seeing as how palates have been "expropriated" over time by the proliferating likes of KFC, Popeyes, Jollibee, Arnold's, 4Fingers, Wingstop, yada yada yada. Still, them folks behind Ah Tan Wings - siblings Tan Wee Yang and Tan Yu Yan, being either foolhardy or perspicacious remain sanguine about prospects, thus choosing to throw their hats in the ring.

For one, the Tans' balls-to-the-walls business pitch revolving around the emphatic har cheong gai ie shrimp paste chicken dish plentily swayed judges of Tiger Beer's inaugural Street Food Support Fund to land a $10k grant four years ago, following which their very first rodeo via the Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market garnered substantial interest - so much so they persevered with several guerilla plugs before eventually moving into Yishun Park Hawker Centre.

Today, apart from its original existing YPHC stall, Ah Tan Wings also runs another at Timbre+ (a third at Maxwell Food Centre closed down in late 2019). Ordering customers are accorded some rudimentary grub slate comprising just three options: set A (2 chicken wings + rice + egg), set B (chicken cutlet + rice + egg) and set C (1 chicken wing + rice).

What knocked our socks off:

No doubt those assiduously nuzzled (in one belligerent krill sauce batter-marinade), beautifully double-fried till golden brown appendages made us swoon - shatteringly crispy, killer juicy, umamilicious down to the bone. Paired against ungreasy, lemongrass-tinctured rice that nuancedly tempered an almost schmaltzy affair, Set A "Wing Wing" amounted to a safe win-win in our books.

Set A "Wing Wing" ($5.20)

What didn't work out:

Hell's bells Margaret, we were thrown off kilter by the calamitous Set B "Atas Cutlet" - not least because seƱor cutlet there ain't taste nothing like premium, but some desiccated, funky hunk of goat crotch. UGH.

Set B "Atas Cutlet" ($6.80)

Note: Prices subject to change without prior notice. Kindly clarify with stall before visiting or ordering.


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Score: 6.6/10

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Locations

Yishun Park Hawker Centre Timbre+
51 Yishun Avenue 11, 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent,
#01-40 #01-30
Singapore 768867 Singapore 139957