It is the lesser cousin to the more popular har cheong gai, but just as noteworthy. Here are seven places in Singapore to score the best and the most delightfully smoky BBQ chicken wings.

The key to a good barbecue chicken wing starts from the marinate.  Unlike western recipes, which use barbeque sauce, hot sauce, honey and other seasonings, Asian wings have their own unique ingredients. Different food vendors have their own recipes, but essentials consist of aromatics, dark soy sauce, and oyster sauce.

After being left to marinade, the wings are then skewered open and cooked over a charcoal grill. The fire and heat from the grill not only locks the flavour but it also chars the skin, leaving the wings with a lovely crispy and sticky texture. Tender, moist and mouth-watering, biting into one just isn’t enough.

In Singapore, some of the more popular hawker centres offering the dish include East Coast and Bedok 85. Tze char restaurant Chong Pang Huat Eating House has also made it their specialty. Read on for details on where to score these tasty snacks.

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7 places for the best BBQ chicken wings in Singapore

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216 Choa Chu Kang BBQ Chicken Wing
216 Choa Chu Kang BBQ Chicken Wing

Ignore the name as this stall is based in Pasir Panjang Food Centre. Despite the smaller size of their chicken wings, the skin is well caramelised and crispy, and the juicy meat evenly balances between its smoky, spicy, and sweet flavours.

S$1.40 per wing, minimum 2 wings

Tuesdays – Sundays, 5pm – 10.30pm

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Ah Hwee BBQ Chicken Wing & Spring Chicken
Ah Hwee BBQ Chicken Wing & Spring Chicken

Ah Hwee is a hawker stall at East Coast Lagoon Food Village that has been around since 1979. Their marinate consists of over 20 ingredients including five spice, ginger, and Chinese rice wine, which is used to season the wings for around two hours. Charcoal-grilled, the wings are well charred and intensely flavourful with a luscious glaze.

S$1.30 per wing, minimum 3 wings

Daily, 3pm – 10pm

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Chong Pang Huat Eating House
Chong Pang Huat Eating House

Chong Pang Huat is a tze char restaurant that offers staples including white bee hoon, popiah, and rojak. Barbecue dishes take the form of satay, spring chicken, and chicken wings, which are grilled over charcoal upon order. The crispy skin snaps to reveal fragrant and succulent meat with a touch of sweetness.

S$1.40 per wing, minimum 2 wings

Daily, 10am – 3am

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Fortune favours the bird at Good Luck, a stall in Toa Payoh that specialises in charcoal-grilled chicken wings and satay. Well glazed, the lightly marinated meat allows the chicken’s natural sweetness to come through.

S$1.50 per wing, minimum 2 wings

Daily, 4pm – 12.30am

Founded in 1996, this stall at the popular Bedok 85 hawker centre cooks their chicken wings over a charcoal grill until well charred. Crispy and tender with a wisp of smoke, contrast the sweet marinate with their lively chilli sauce and a squeeze of lime.

S$1.40 per wing, minimum 2 wings

Tuesdays – Sundays, 4pm – 1am

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In the culinary institution that is Old Airport Road Food Centre, Tong Kee stands out for its barbecued chicken wings. The bird takes on the smoky flavour from the charcoal grill, and offers honeyed, juicy meat under crispy skin. Don’t sleep on their homemade chilli sauce either.

S$1.30 per wing, minimum 2 wings

Tuesdays – Saturdays, 4pm – 11pm
Sundays, 12pm – 11pm

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Whampoa Barbeque Seafood & Chicken Wing
Whampoa Barbeque Seafood & Chicken Wing

Part of Whampoa Makan Place, this stall has been run by a couple since 1984 who sells barbecue chicken wings as well as cockles, gong gong, and barbecue crab. The wings are marinated and cooked to order, and has a dark, caramelised skin with a depth of flavour. A splash of calamansi and dip in the chilli bring the dish further to life.

S$1.30 per wing, minimum order 2 wings

Thursdays – Tuesdays, 4.30pm – 11pm

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