Singapore’s spiciest wings24 September, 2010 by Chad
Some time last month, inspired by the Gekikara challenge, I foolishly agreed to head over to the Sunset Grill & Pub, which was famous for Singapore’s spiciest wings.
Sunset Grill & Pub couldn’t be located at a worse location in Singapore. Built on a field in an abandoned corner of the Seletar Airbase, the eatery is impossible to access by public transportation and most taxis will refuse to go there unless given a generous tip.
Pardon the sparse photos and poor image quality. We were sitting in the middle of a pitch-dark field, surrounded by abandoned warehouses. It was just like a scene out of a horror movie. We could see the silhouettes of the many lizards crawling above the tent.
Despite the location and generally negative reviews online, the shop attracts an hour long queue during weekends.
The group ordered some fried button mushrooms and their signature spicy wings. The spiciness of the wings are labeled from level 1 up to 35. They had gone with the level 4 wings on the last visit and decided to go with the level 3 in hopes of actually tasting some chicken.
Based on other online reviews, the button mushrooms were probably their most well received dish. It was pretty good, but at $13.50 for a dozen, definitely a little pricey.
I’ve always had a low tolerance for spicy food (though I like Tabasco). After a long week of nothing but hawker food, I knew my stomach wasn’t going to appreciate the spice so I ordered some of their regular wings to share. Despite the location, prices were around restaurant standard. Sides go for around $10 bucks each, while it costs over $18 for 6 wings.
Here I tried out a taste of the level 3 wings before making my decision to order the regular wings. Was disappointed by how small all the wings were when they came. They weren’t any larger than the usual hawker styled barbecue wings.
The level 3 wings weren’t really the kind of spicy I was expecting. They were coated in thick amounts of flour and chili paste to deep fry, then topped off with more chili powder. This gave a dry, burnt texture to the crust and was a little bitter to the taste.
The regular wings were cooked in the same fashion as the spicy wings but with pepper instead of chili powder in the crust. Similar to Arnold Chicken, just more burnt. Not unpleasant. Just not nearly worth the price or the trip. In terms of satisfaction, I’d stick with barbecue wings and bring my own Tabasco sauce.
Supermerlion's Webmaster and Editor-in-Chief. Singaporean Nikkeijin with over 12 years of experience in the media industry. Producer at a Japanese entertainment company. Former Web Developer, Graphic Designer, Multimedia Programmer, Manager and Consultant. Shoots with a Canon 5Dmk2 and Sony RX100-2.