HoHo Chimek opened not long ago at a new mixed development (residences + mall) called East Village, which was officially opened a few months ago. East Village is located in Simpang Bedok, with the nearest MRT station being Tanah Merah. A number of shop spaces within the commercial section have not been taken up, although there are already quite a few restaurants and cafes that have sprung up.
I went down with my sister for lunch the other day, and we decided to give the korean fried chicken at HoHo Chimek a go.
It’s located right beside Cold Storage, within the mall, so it’s not too difficult to find. Although I might add that the interior of the mall feels kind of like a labyrinth to me, as the footpath winds around the shops, in a seemingly endless loop.
HoHo Chimek is a pretty small eatery, and I’m not sure if it can be called a restaurant. But for the sake of this review, let’s call it a restaurant, because it’s definitely not a café :p hahaha. There is only indoor seating, and by that I mean, within the eatery/restaurant itself. It’s not very big, and can probably accommodate 16-20 people at once. The kitchen is behind the counter, and they closed the door while we were there. There’s a small TV hanging above the counter that played old Running Man episodes, although I’m not sure if they change the content daily.
We were the only ones there from 12.15pm-1pm on a weekday, and I’m not sure if that’s because this place is still relatively new, or if it’s because people would rather eat elsewhere. Currently, they also have a promotion where you can get 5% off your final bill for posting a pic and tagging them on Instagram or on Facebook. You’ll find out what I thought about the food in a bit haha. Oh yes, they also sell Korean makgeolli (막걸리) and beer (맥주) for those of you alcoholics :p
They do serve other Korean food besides fried chicken, although we didn’t try it this time. They have lunch specials as well from 12-2.30pm daily (except Mondays), which are nett-priced.
I ordered a lunch special of the chicken combo + fries + drink for S$10 nett. You have a choice of soft drinks, or iced tea/green tea. The fries were ok, not very nice, but not horrible either. Probably a better indication is that they lose out to McD’s fries by a bit, as they weren’t salted or crunchy enough. But hey, that’s how I like my fries, so you might like this more than me haha.
I got a mix of soy garlic and spicy fried chicken, and a nice touch is that they offer free finger gloves so you don’t have to get your fingers oily eating the chicken. The spicy fried chicken was so-so, but I really liked the soy garlic sauce. It was really tasty and I couldn’t get enough of it. I ended up smearing my fries over the leftover sauce just to make sure none was wasted hahaha. The chicken pieces are rather small though, which is where HoHo Chimek loses out to 4 Fingers. Although with 4 Fingers’ quality dropping over the past few months, I felt that the soy garlic sauce here at HoHo Chimek was superior to that of 4 Fingers.
I rather liked this small eatery serving Korean fare in Simpang Bedok. With not many places nearby that offer Korean fare, if HoHo Chimek can improve on their portion sizes and make it more value-for-money, I think they’d do pretty well here. They are already getting one part right (their tasty soy garlic sauce), so I think if they made their chicken pieces slightly bigger, they’d get more customers. If you’re in the vicinity, do pop by to try, but at the moment, although I find that this place serves tasty fried chicken, it doesn’t make me want to go back for more because the portion sizes are rather small.
#01-45 East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048 (Nearest MRT: Tanah Merah)
11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10.30pm (Tues – Fri) and 12pm-10.30pm (Sat – Sun)
Check out their facebook here.