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Ahtti, Vision Exchange: “With chicken as scrumptious as this, it’s always fastest fingers first”

Last Updated: September 30, 2020

Written by Felicia Koh

The last time I step foot into Jurong East was when I had to shop for furniture to fill my new lovenest. That was five years ago, approximately a month after my wedding—those good times when my husband still held my hands as we walked down the streets, visiting one furniture shop after another.

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Fast forward to 2020, and we are back in the area. The same old us, minus the fact that our fingers are no longer intertwined and the only thing that is in our minds is to get out of the scorching sun. We are making our way to Ahtti, a fairly new Korean restaurant hidden within Vision Exchange, a 25-storey integrated office building situated at Jurong Gateway.   



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We arrive at Ahtti without a single soul in sight. It is 3pm and having missed the rush hour lunch crowd, we have the entire restaurant space to ourselves. Decked solely in wooden furniture seemingly made from leftover maple wood planks, the entire restaurant exudes a homely, fuss-free atmosphere. Simple and nothing similar to those chain Korean fried chicken outlets like Chicken Up or Chir Chir where they exude trendy over-the-top K-pop vibes. 

What I tried

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Since Ahtti’s opening, the eatery has made several rounds on my social media feed. Every single post I saw mentioned their fried chicken, intriguing me to try it for myself. Since then, I’ve had my eye on one particular flavour and it’s none other than the Chilli Padi Fried Chicken (S$19 for half portion, S$34 for full portion).

A flavour meant to tickle the fancy of spice-loving Singaporeans, the Chilli Padi Fried Chicken is one that deserves the highest and most generous of praises. Each piece of chicken seemed as if it was individually hand-brushed with sauce. 

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Every inch of the perfectly battered skin was evenly coated with their sweet yet fiery chilli padi sauce—a quiet assassin waiting to attack with a full-frontal assault. Despite its potent heat, every bite of the shatteringly crisp skin and juicy boneless meat led me to mindlessly pop in one piece after another.

I was happily devouring the last piece when I felt a piercing glance from my husband; yes, I know, good food is meant to be shared, but with chicken as scrumptious as this, it’s always fastest fingers first.

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Ahtti also serves up a stellar version of Korean Seafood Pancake (S$14). Sliced into squares, the entire pancake was studded with an array of green onions, carrot, baby shrimps and curls of squid weaving in and out of the slightly charred surface.

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Here, it is the edges of the pancake you should aim for—those prized bits that crisp up against the hot pan. Although soft-centred, this Seafood Pancake retained its crunch in all the right places and is made even more satisfying when dipped with the soy sauce on the side. 

Fried chicken aside, this is another dish that deserves a place on your table. In fact, it deserves a place on everyone’s table.

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Then there was the Seafood Soft Tofu Soup (S$12) which was not the worst bowl of soup I’ve had but not mind-blowingly awesome either. Swimming in the rust-coloured liquid were mussels and clams along with circular blocks of egg tofu.



The entire dish leaned towards the savoury side with subtle brininess exuded from the seafood used. To me, it lacked that punch of heat and flavour which I would expect from a good bowl Seafood Soft Tofu Soup; flavours strong enough to make for an unforgettable meal even when accompanied with plain rice alone.

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Wanting to further explore Ahtti’s menu, I choose a Korean noodle dish which is often neglected in Singapore, Zzolmyeon (S$9). Also known as Jjolmyeon, this dry wheat noodle dish is often served chilled during the summer months in Korea.

Zzolmyeon at Ahtti features a bed of chewy noodles generously coated with a lavish amount of sweet and spicy gochujang (red chilli paste) sauce. It is then served with raw salad vegetables such as shredded carrots, cucumbers, cabbage and lettuce together with a sliced hard-boiled egg.

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Literally, summer in a bowl, every mouthful of Zzolmyeon contains both the springy texture of the noodles and the refreshing crunch of raw vegetables. The slight tanginess made this a magically addictive dish, which I still think about from time to time, especially during hot sweltering days.

Final thoughts

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If you are looking for a place to spend some quality time with your friends over Korean fried chicken, forgo the same old restaurant you’ve been patronising and give Ahtti a try.

As a lover of Korean food, I can vouch that their Chilli Padi Fried Chicken and the Seafood Pancake are the two dishes that will not disappoint. With just these nailed to perfection the classic textbook way, we don’t really have to bother about the rest, do we?

Expected Damage: S$19 – S$35



Price: $

Our Rating: 4 / 5

Ahtti

2 Venture Drive, Vision Exchange, #02-43 , Singapore 608526

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Our Rating 4/5

Ahtti

2 Venture Drive, Vision Exchange, #02-43 , Singapore 608526

Telephone: +65 6803 9341
Operating Hours: 11.30am - 11.30pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun
Telephone: +65 6803 9341

Operating Hours: 11.30am - 11.30pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun
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