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Skinny Chef Review: XXL Fried Chicken Cutlet with Nacho Cheese and Sous-Vide Egg

4th June 2020

Delicious Western fare at Skinny Chef

Skinny Chef - Flatlay

Being a big eater, I have a ravenous appetite when I’m hungry. When I heard that Skinny Chef has an XXL chicken cutlet, I figured it would be a worthy challenger for my stomach. I soon discovered that there was more than just giant fried chicken cutlets at this unassuming Western food stall.

Skinny Chef - Storefront with owners

Opened in November 2018, Skinny Chef is helmed by two young chaps named Steve and Kheng Lun. They were former colleagues at a hotel restaurant, and many called them “skinny’. With their similar nicknames, they were inspired to start a food business together, and they ingeniously named it ‘Skinny Chef’. 

Skinny Chef - Frying shot

The chefs only use quality ingredients, such as the ribeye cut for their beef. They also incorporate traditional Western cooking methods to prepare their foods. 

Food at Skinny Chef

Skinny Chef - XXL chicken intro shot

Hungry me went straight for their signature dish, the XXL Chicken Cutlet with Nacho Cheese and Sous Vide Egg ($9). The mammoth-sized chicken cutlet was slathered with copious amounts of nacho cheese, and then topped with a beautiful sous-vide egg.

Skinny Chef - Cross-section of chicken cutlet

The chicken cutlet was a big treat, as the warm and tender meat was encapsulated by a crispy, deep-fried exterior. The nacho cheese was wonderfully creamy, and it gave the meat a more luxurious texture. Each bite of the chicken cutlet was met with a delightful crunch, and I thoroughly enjoyed each mouthful.

Skinny Chef - Sous vide egg

The luscious sous-vide egg provided a nice finishing touch to the dish. It was smooth and creamy, and deepened the flavour profile of the meat. Not to mention, I was very excited to break the egg yolk.

Skinny Chef - Onion rings

Accompanying the huge chicken cutlet were onion rings and coleslaw. Each onion ring was beautifully fried, as the golden batter encircling the onion slice was crisp but not too hard. I would have preferred a larger portion of onion rings though.

Skinny Chef - Coleslaw

Eating a lot of nacho cheese gave me an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction. The coleslaw was refreshingly sweet and crunchy, and nicely balanced out the flavours of this dish. 

Skinny Chef - Pork collar chop intro shot

My dining companion and I didn’t want to stick to the usual chicken chop, so we got the Pork Collar Chop ($7). We could customise our sides, and chose to pair this beautiful slab of pork with mac & cheese and a side of fries.

Skinny Chef - Cross-section of pork collar

Boy, the slab of pork chop was thick! Despite its thickness, cutting through it proved to be a relatively easy task. The meat was beautifully glazed with a sweet char, and each slice of pork was melt-in-the-mouth tender. I’ve tasted my fair share of dry pork chops, and I was glad that this one had a nice juicy centre.

Skinny Chef - Fries dipped in sauce

The crinkle-cut fries were thick and crispy. I then dipped each fry into chilli sauce. The sauce did not possess any special qualities, and it tasted like normal chilli sauce, except that it wasn’t very spicy. And that’s coming from a spicy food amateur.

Skinny Chef - Mac and cheese shot

The mac and cheese was a small and sinful indulgence, and was delightfully rich and cheesy. However, my dining companion was disappointed that she could not produce any aesthetic cheese pulls. 

Skinny Chef - One-bite mid wings intro shot

I was craving for something spicy. As such, I got the spicy version of their One Bite Mid Wings ($4). Though the wings were rather small, they contained a good among of flesh.

Skinny Chef - Cross-section of chicken wings

The chicken meat was juicy and flavourful, and came off the bone easily after a few gentle tugs. However, it did not possess the fiery kick I was looking for. I then learned from the two chefs that some of their loyal customers had a low tolerance for spicy food. Hence, they decided to tone down the spiciness of their wings.

Skinny Chef - Salmon belly lemon squeeze

The Deep-Fried Salmon Belly Bites ($3.50) sounded delish, and I knew had to get it. The chefs trim the salmon bellies from their salmon to prevent wastage, and the bellies are then brined in brown sugar. 

This explained why the bites had a slight sweetness to them. Beautifully fried and filled with moist, soft salmon meat, they reminded me of the salmon version of my favourite of popcorn chicken. Each bite-sized piece was rich flavourful, and I couldn’t stop popping them into my mouth. The lemon zest added a refreshing tang to every mouthful, and elevated the flavour of the salmon.

Ambience at Skinny Chef

Skinny Chef - Ambience shot

The Western stall is situated in an aesthetically pleasing coffeeshop in Clementi. With large wooden tables, you’ll have more than enough space to dine comfortably. You’ll be ensured a cooling dining environment with numerous ceiling fans around the coffee shop. The place tends to get crowded around meal times, so come during the non-peak hours for a chill meal.

The verdict

Skinny Chef - Verdict shot

Skinny Chef dishes out delicious Western food at an affordable price, and I’ll pay them a visit if I happen to be in Clementi. Funny enough, I realised after my meal that the saying “never trust a skinny chef” is BS.

During this tumultuous time, Skinny Chef offers delivery to nearby homes at certain timings, as long as you purchase at least 10 sets of mains. Alternatively, you can just dapao from their stall. WhatsApp them at 9758 2325 to place your orders.

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Address: 325 Clementi Avenue 5, #01-129, Singapore 120325
Opening hours: Daily 11:45am to 9:15pm
Tel: 9758 2325
Website
Skinny Chef is not a halal-certified eatery.

Photos taken by Huang Xiao.
This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg, and was written before the Circuit Breaker measures.

  • 8/10


    - 8/10

8/10

Summary

Pros

– Tasty XXL chicken cutlet
– Pork chop was juicy and flavourful
– Salmon belly bites were delicious
– Affordable prices
– Generous portions

Cons

– Very few onion rings
– Spicy chicken wings were not very spicy

Recommended dishes: XXL Chicken Cutlet with Nacho Cheese and Sous Vide Egg ($9), Pork Collar Chop ($7), One Bite Mid Wings ($4), Deep-Fried Salmon Belly Bites ($3.50)

Opening hours: Daily 11:45am to 9:15pm

Address: 325 Clementi Avenue 5, #01-129, Singapore 120325

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