Got to know about Chug Chug via one of their co-founder, Xinde, a Youtuber influencer. They grew to having 2 branches till date, with the original one located along Tanjong Pagar Road and the second addition were at PLQ Mall. Their Tanjong Pagar outlet was much more bustling with the after office crowd. Concepts for the two outlets were slightly different too. The one at Tanjong Pagar was more of western fusion,while the one at PLQ was towards korean fusion. We decided to head down and check out the outlet at PLQ Mall.
Interior was very industrial like. Grey washed walls against concrete cement flooring. Lights were dimly lit with a bright bar counter. Food choices varies from Sharing Sides like Grilled LA Galbi, Fried Chicken to Japanese Pidan Tofu, Mala Deep Fried Fish Chunks. Main includes all the classics of Korean dishes like Army Stew, Kimchi Jjigae, Jjajangmyeon and more!
In the end we settled with their Budae Jjigae ($39), Jjajangmyeon ($12.90) & Kimchi Buttermilk Chicken Burger ($18). To be honest, I’m pretty surprised with how the food turns out to be. Usually fusion food can get rather lackluster. Because being fusion, sometimes it lacks the authenticity and it lacks the oomph you can get by going to a place that specializes in that cuisine. But Chug Chug has did a fairly good job.
I could taste the thickness and spiciness flavor of gochujang from their Army Stew. At one taste you could tell it’s not from a korean restaurant place, but they have made a good rendition of it. The soup started off light but as it boils, the flavors get stronger and starts getting to you, giving you that little kick and oomph. They have added other ingredients like dumplings which you don’t usually see in a budae jjigae. What stands out the most is none other than their Tteokbokki. It’s chewy yet soft and there’s like some sort of sweet potatoes filling within it.
Moving on to their Kimchi Buttermilk Chicken Burger. It’s pretty impressive I must say. The batter was very crispy and the meat inside was very juicy. Unlike some places where the meat to batter ratio can get quite bad, the thickness of the meat here is commendable. You can easily see the bun unlike other places where it is being toasted/buttered and all, it is done very simply. However, when you assemble all of them together, the softness of the bun against the crispy batter before getting to the juicy meaty piece of meat, it is undoubtedly welcoming.
As simple as their name sounds, it’s a nice place with decent food to hang out and chug your drinks after a long day or week!
Chug Chug PLQ
2 Tanjong Katong Road, PLQ 3, Paya Lebar Quarter, #01-09, 437161