We Tried This Shrimp Paste Fried Chicken Mix from Singapore, and We Have Mixed Feelings about It

October 30, 2019

Strolling along shops, markets, and stalls often lead to curious discoveries. On a recent trip to Singapore, our editor-in-chief picked up a unique shrimp paste fried chicken mix. As fans of shrimp-y flavors and fried chicken, we were all intrigued. In theory, it sounded like it’d be something delicious; maybe something like the chicken from our Under PHP200 bagoong rice.

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It wasn’t quite what we expected. The coating was discernibly salty, although it didn’t penetrate the meat as well as we’d hoped. It didn’t taste like bagoong. But it was undeniably shrimp-y, in a way that divided the team. We recommend it with some kind of savory fried rice or saucy noodles. It would also work well as part of a spread with complementing Southeast Asian flavors.

Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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