If you were only allowed to order one dish from any zi char stall for the rest of your life, we can bet that most Singaporeans would opt for a plate of perfectly fried har cheong gai.
Har cheong gai is Cantonese for prawn paste chicken, which is literally what it is; tender, succulent pieces of chicken that are coated with a batter comprising of flour and fragrant fermented shrimp paste before being deep-fried to perfection.
There are hundreds of places in Singapore that sell delicious, satisfying har cheong gai, but we have here is a list of the 17 best har cheong gai in Singapore that undeniably outshines the rest.
7TH MILE SEAFOOD
7th Mile Seafood at Toh Yi Dr is one of the best zi char stalls in the west of Singapore and some of our favourite dishes there include Crab Bee Hoon, Steamed Bamboo Clams and of course, their famous Har Cheong Gai. Fried to perfection, the chicken wings are so crispy and juicy that you can easily finish half a dozen of them on your own.
18 Toh Yi Dr, #01-97, Singapore 590018
Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm, 4.30pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Beauty World
The har cheong gai from 21 seafood is succulent and fried to crispy perfection. We also like how the chicken is not too oily and the aroma that the chicken brims with is seriously unbeatable.
212 Hougang Street 21
Tel: +65 6343 0771
Daily: 12pm – 3.30pm, 5pm – 11.30pm
Nearest Station: Kovan
The owner of Ah Tan Wings is surprisingly a 26-year old man who has had no prior experience in the culinary arts. He’s driven by his childhood passion for har cheong gai alone, which is evident from the fragrant, crispy plates of har cheong gai that he pushes out daily.
51 Yishun Avenue 11
#01-40 Yishun Park Hawker Centre
Mon to Fri: 11am – 9pm
Sat and Sun: 11.30am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Yishun
1 Kadayanallur Street
#01-03 Maxwell Food Centre
Mon to Fri: 11am – 9pm
Sat: 11.30am – 9pm
(Closed on Sunday)
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer
BAN LEONG WAH HOE
We are going out on a limb to declare that Ban Leong Wah Hoe has one of the best, if not the best, har cheong gai in Singapore.
The juicy pieces of har cheong gai served here at Ban Leong Wah Hoe are absolute flavour bombs. They are well-marinated and perfectly fried to a golden crisp and we love the satisfying crunch it makes when we bite into it!
122 Casuarina Road
Tel: +65 6452 2824
Sat to Thu: 11am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 11pm
Fri: 11am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 12am
Nearest Station: Yio Chu Kang
Fuman Seafood Zichar sells a plethora of amazing dishes. However, one of our favourites here definitely has to be the har cheong gai. These wings were chunky and juicy, and we like how they are always deep-fried perfectly to a nice, golden crisp.
703 Hougang Ave 2
Tel: +65 6913 7087
Daily: 12pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Hougang/Kovan
This place is not just famous for its XO fish head! Their har cheong gai has that unmistakably crunchy skin that we all love and underneath that crispy goodness is incredibly tender, succulent chicken meat that we just cannot get enough of.
19A Dover Rise
#01-05 Dover Coffee Hub
Tel: +65 6778 3691/9833 1003
Daily: 11.30am – 2pm, 5pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Buona Vista
The har cheong gai here is a tad bit pricier than the ones you can usually find at other places. However, we feel that it is definitely worth the steep price as it is undeniably one of the best har cheong gais we’ve ever eaten in Singapore. Juicy, crispy and fragrant, you will definitely find yourself reaching for another piece in no time.
2 College Road
Tel: +65 6473 6686
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Outram Park
This no-frills restaurant serves up some solid har cheong gai that is a crowd favourite. The chicken is coated generously in prawn paste and fried to a perfect golden crisp. We love the satisfying crunch sound it makes when we bite into it!
67 Maude Road
Tel: +65 6296 3428
Tue to Sun: 3pm – 11.30pm
(Closed on Monday)
Nearest Station: Farrer Park/Jalan Besar
A cocktail bar in its own right, who would’ve thought that you could find one of Singapore’s best prawn paste chicken here? This is one of our favourite places in Singapore to get har cheong gai, and many people dub is it as the best har cheong gai in Singapore.
While the chicken here is extremely crispy, it is not too oily and dry and goes amazingly well with a beer or martini.
5 Emerald Hill Road
Tel: +65 6732 0818
Mon to Thu: 12pm – 2am
Fri and Sat: 12pm – 3am
Sun: 5pm – 2am
Nearest Station: Somerset
Oriole is the perfect place to grab some har cheong gai if you’re in town and you’re craving some of this fragrant goodness. The har cheong gai here is fried to a lovely golden crisp and comes in really generous portions making it ideal for sharing!
96 Somerset Road
#01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites
Tel: +65 6238 8348
Sun to Thu: 8am – 11pm
Fri and Sat: 8am – 12am
Nearest Station: Somerset
POR KEE EATING HOUSE 1996
Their signature har cheong gai is a generously coated in fragrant, umami-rich prawn paste that permeates the surrounding air upon being served. The meat of the chicken is also delightfully succulent and incredibly satisfying to bite into.
69 Seng Poh Lane #01-02
Tel: +65 6221 0582
Tue to Sun: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11.30pm
(Closed on Monday)
Nearest Station: Tiong Bahru
SENG KEE BLACK CHICKEN HERBAL SOUP
Aside from their famous Black Chicken Herbal Soup, Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup serves up some solid har cheong gai that never fails to leave us wanting more. We like how the chicken here is not heavy on the batter, but even so, retains a mouthwatering prawn taste.
467 Changi Road
Tel: +65 6746 4089
Daily: 11am – 4am
Nearest Station: Kembangan
Sin Ho’s har cheong gai is almost always sold out every day by 8pm, which speaks volumes of how much everyone loves it! The chicken is perfectly marinated in fragrant, mouthwatering prawn paste which fills our mouths with every bite. We also love how a plate of this goodness is so affordable—no wonder it is always sold out!
216 Bedok North Street 1
#01-75 Bedok North Hawker Centre
Wed to Sun: 8.30am – 2pm, 5pm – 9pm
(Closed on Monday and Tuesday)
Nearest Station: Bedok
The har cheong gai here is a pile of crispy goodness that we cannot get enough of. We love ordering it with their popular Nasi Lemak Set For 2 and we feel that the chicken goes really well with the rest of the other dishes in the set.
458 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: +65 6345 5034
Sun to Thu: 12pm – 10pm
Fri and Sat: 12pm – 12am
Nearest Station: Dakota
TIAN WAI TIAN
At Tian Wai Tian, they serve up freshly fried har cheong gai at very affordable prices. The chicken here is delightfully plump and we love how nice and crisp the skin is. This is one of our go-to places for good and crispy har cheong gai in Singapore.
1383 Serangoon Road
Tel: +65 8183 4856
Daily: 5pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Potong Pasir
Two chefs har cheong gai has a milder prawn paste flavour which we actually prefer to many other places as it is not too overpowering. We like how the prawn paste taste did not drown out the taste of the freshly fried chicken, making for a well-balanced dish that we thoroughly enjoyed.
410A Sin Ming Avenue #01-01
Tel: +65 6451 3812
Daily: 11am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Bishan
The har cheong gai takes on a subtle umami prawn aroma and the chicken was delightfully crispy and succulent. What we loved about it was that it was not coated too heavily in batter, which made it easier for us to chow down on more pieces of this goodness.
130 Sims Avenue
Tel: +65 9612 1912
Mon: 5pm – 12am
Tue to Sun: 12am – 4pm, 5pm – 12am
Nearest Station: Aljunied