While you can count on almost every popular fast food chain restaurant in Singapore (with the exception of Mos Burger) being halal certified these days, it wasn’t like so back in 1990.
Yes, in those days, even McDonald’s was haram (opposite of halal). The only fast food restaurant to earn its halal certification then was Arnold’s Fried Chicken, a homegrown brand.
Arnold’s Fried Chicken at City Plaza
I chanced upon this nugget of information the day I discovered Arnold’s on the second level at City Plaza. Even though it was tucked away in a corner, the strong whiff of fried chicken was impossible to miss, much less the early-dinner queue that had already begun to form outside its 50-seater establishment (rough estimation) at 5.30pm.
Full house at Arnold’s
How clever of Arnold’s founder to have quickly caught onto the gaping need for halal fast food, and chosen City Plaza as the location for his flagship restaurant.
City Plaza – an old-school shopping centre esconced between the Malay enclave of Joo Chiat and Geylang
The main dish – deep fried chicken – does not disappoint. The meat falls cleanly from the bone, even at thick parts like the breast and thigh. The meat is moist and tender, the crispy skin flavourful and just spicy enough. Unlike a certain longstanding fried chicken joint, you won’t see bloody meat when tearing apart a piece of Arnold’s fried chicken.
A 2 Person Combo meal, comprising five pieces of chicken, one coleslaw, one mashed potato, two buns, two drinks and a generous serving of french fries – easily feeds three.
2 Person Combo Meal
I was pleasantly surprised that the staff in charge of allocating queue numbers at the door is also tasked to take down orders, so that the customers’ food is served promptly when they are seated. One can request a maximum of two desired chicken parts.
On top of the normal KFC-ish fare, a couple of Arnold’s side orders are unique to itself: squid rings and natural chips. I didn’t have the opportunity to try either, but noticed that the the Potato Platter (consisting of criss-cut fries, wedges and natural chips with cheese sauce) was quite popular amongst its regulars.
Everyone likes Arnold’s!
I have one gripe: customers cannot customise their set meal by changing the side dishes. There was no incentive to order more side dishes on top of the already bulky meal. Also, word of advice: drink a cup of hot Chinese tea if you want to dispel the bloatedness after the oily meal.
Eat first, then pay after
Next time, I am going to try their natural chips and spring chicken. Thank goodness that, on top of Popeye’s, there’s something better than KFC.
Arnold’s has another branch at Pasir Ris Town Park and also offers home delivery service. Check out their website for more details.
Find Arnold’s at:
City Plaza Unit 02-99/101, 810 Geylang Rd (Flagship restaurant)
94 Pasir Ris Central (Arnold’s Express)