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Pokpok Keh Pink Salt Chicken, Online: “The chicken is faultless — the flesh teases off its bones”

Last Updated: July 23, 2021

Written by Wani

Unwrap. Cut. Enjoy. That’s what Pokpok Keh Pink Salt Chicken proudly proclaims—and lives up to. Launched in July 2020, this home delivery business is the first of its kind to offer customers Pink Salt Chicken sent straight to your doorstep. Soon after, it opened its first brick-and-mortar shop in September 2020 and the recent launch of frozen meals in January 2021.

Pokpok Keh Pink Salt Chicken

Their chickens undergo a Pink Himalayan Salt brining process that lasts at least 24 hours to ensure the chickens stay tender and immaculately juicy. The result is flavourful salt-baked chicken that’s teeming with the celebrated benefits of Chinese herbs.

Pokpok Keh’s chickens arrive prettily and conveniently packed in sturdy boxes so your cooked chickens are received intact, succulent, and easy to consume.

What I tried

Pokpok Keh Pink Salt Chicken

Starting with the Ginseng Pink Salt Chicken (S$29), the distinguishable waft of ginseng greets me. I’m pleasantly welcomed to tuck into this hearty bird by its still-warm temperature, a feat that I know many food deliveries might fail to maintain. It’s double-wrapped in wax paper and aluminium foil, entrapping the precious juices.

Ginseng is known for increasing one’s energy and strengthening immunity, but you’ll be glad to know that dissecting this chicken won’t require much effort. My knife slices right through, effortlessly, exposing a meaty core whose bones fall off without excessive force. You have to pair it with their chilli; a dance with tangy heat will add so much more excitement to this protein.

All their chickens come either hot or frozen, with the latter option allowing you to freeze it for up to three months.

Pokpok Keh Pink Salt Chicken

If you’re a fan of bold, impressive flavours, the Original Dang Gui Pink Salt Chicken (S$27) is a strong contender. Laced with a herb that’s commonly used to promote blood circulation, a bold bitter profile hits me upon first taste. That’s not to say it was unpleasant, but it sure woke me up from the afternoon’s stupor.

Slicing into chicken

Once again, the chicken is faultless in its cooking; the flesh teases off its bones and I appreciate the balance of savoury and herbaceous in a single dish.

Pokpok Keh Pink Salt Chicken

Feeling lethargic? Pokpok Keh’s Ba Zhen Pink Salt Black Chicken (S$22) might do the trick. Commonly drank as a tonic, ba zhen is also touted to improve one’s complexion and ease menstrual discomfort.

Slicing into black chicken

Split the chicken open and you’ll find it stuffed with a fistful of herbs, enriching the flesh and broth with exceptional flavour. The glisten of the chicken already performed well in luring me in for a bite, but its strapping complexity is what takes hold of my senses.

I highly recommend complementing this with their remarkable chilli; it creates a powerhouse of aromas and flavours.

Pokpok Keh Pink Salt Chicken

Of course, if you’re not keen on purchasing an entire bird, there’s always the option of Pokpok Keh’s Bento and their bundles. Their bundles start from S$54 for a set of five and their individual bentos cost either S$9.90 or S$10.90, depending on whether you want an Ajitama egg to come along for the ride.

Showing camera a piece of chicken

In particular, I have to draw your attention to the BKT Pink Salt Chicken Bento for its addictive pepperiness. Garlic cloves cooked till jammy are my absolute favourite, so this gets my stamp of unrivalled approval. Speaking of jammy, the Ajitama egg achieves that glorious mid-cooked texture as well, which rounds off this bento to completion.

Pokpok Keh Pink Salt Chicken

The best of all this is that their frozen meals allow you to have cooked protein that’s easy to prepare and serve. As they are cooked before being vacuum-packed and frozen, simply thaw the bird, remove it from the plastic and steam for 20 minutes. In those 20 minutes, prepare rice and a side of vegetables, and you’ll have a mouth-watering meal for the family in no time.

They’re also currently offering a Stay Home Bundle that consists of a whole hot chicken, one frozen whole chicken and three frozen legs (customers can choose their preferred flavour) for only S$72 (U.P. S$82). Larger families, you’re welcome.

Pokpok Keh Pink Salt Chicken delivers island-wide, and if you order any two chickens—which can be a mix of hot and frozen products—or spend above S$50, you’ll get to enjoy free island-wide delivery. Do take note that additional charges apply for Tuas, Sentosa, and the CBD area.

Final thoughts

As someone who doesn’t often gravitate towards herbal chicken at the first opportunity, the spread that Pokpok Keh offers has opened my eyes—and palate—to the beautiful complexities of its aroma and taste.

It’s been an eye-opening education of sorts, topped with the cherry of delivery convenience and affordability.

Expected damage: From S$9.90 onwards

*This post is brought to you in partnership with Pokpok Keh Pink Salt Chicken.

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Pokpok Keh Pink Salt Chicken

9 Yio Chu Kang Road, #01-14, Singapore 545523

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Pokpok Keh Pink Salt Chicken

9 Yio Chu Kang Road, #01-14, Singapore 545523

Telephone: +65 9617 3700
Operating Hours: 10.30am - 4.30pm (Mon to Thu), 10.30am - 7pm (Fri to Sun)
Telephone: +65 9617 3700

Operating Hours: 10.30am - 4.30pm (Mon to Thu), 10.30am - 7pm (Fri to Sun)
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