I love spice. I love it to the extent that I add spice to almost everything I eat. I love it so much that I decided to make a list about spicy wings. Oh, poor naive little me. I don’t know what possessed me to think that I could possibly enjoy making this list, because it was most definitely NOT a good idea.
I hope that there exists one lionhearted soul out there that has an extreme interest in hot wings and would personally try everything on my list. If there is, holla at me when you’re done, because man, you’re one admirable son of a gun.
So began my treacherously painful journey to the Land of the Runs (and by runs I don’t mean the kind where you use your feet). Please, do enjoy my suffering in the form of this list, and don’t stop until you reach Number 1.
Sidenote: Never use your bare hands while eating these wings, because they’ll burn your fingers for the rest of your day. Be a smart lad and ask for some cutlery.
10. Wings World
The interesting thing about Wings World is that while other places use extracts for their wings, Wings World uses the actual peppers and blends them into a paste, focusing more on the flavour of the peppers rather than just its spice.
Although Wings World’s wings weren’t as spicy as I’d hoped, the pepper’s floral flavours really did come through. Their 6-piece basket comes at $6.95, and their 10-piece basket comes at $10.50, with you being able to pick your preferred wing parts (mix/winglets/drumlets).
On a side note, their Mango Habanero Wings (not spicy to me) are really good – the sweet, tangy and fruity sauce fused together very well with the savouriness of the chicken.
Wings World: 214 East Coast Road, Singapore 428913| Tel: 6247 7477 | Website
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 12pm – 10:30pm | Fri – Sat: 12pm – 11:30pm
Currently America’s number 1 Chicken Wing restaurant chain, Wingstop has brought us wings that come in 11 totally different flavours – that’s more than you can count on your hands, my friends.
Wingstop’s (In)famous – Atomic Boneless wings ($7.95) at Level 5, is the highest level of spice that Wingstop has to offer. These wings even come with a precedent warning.
Although definitely not nearly the spiciest on this list, I’d say it’s harm level is pretty high.
Wingstop: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, #B1-33/34/K15, Singapore 208539 | Tel: 65096571 | Bedok Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467360 | Tel: 68449230
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily
8. Southwest Tavern
Located at Tradehub21, Southwest Tavern is a cowboy-themed restaurant extremely confident of their western food.
Their Suicide Wings (3pc – $14, 6pc – $22) come straight out at a merciless Level 18, with no other levels for you to chicken out at. Here, you either meet the spice upfront and personal, or you don’t get to at all.
They use a lot of chili padi, and yes those are chili padi seeds you see in the picture. And as if chili padi isn’t fatal enough, they add a little something called Mega Death Sauce (650 times hotter than a jalapeño chili).
They aren’t called Suicide Wings for nothing.
Southwest Tavern : 8 Boon Lay Way, #01-29, Tradehub 21, Singapore 609964
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 12am
7. Handle Bar
This biker-themed restaurant/bar just screams badass without the superficial pretences we see in eateries nowadays. Handle Bar prides themselves in serving food and drinks in an establishment in its rawest form.
Apart from their addictive Cocaine Wings ($12) with the choice of low, medium, or high heat, they’ve got wings on a whole other level – Sudden Death Wings ($16) that warns you, “Not for candy-ass. Strictly eat at your own risk.”
So, are you a candy-ass or not?
6. Buckaroo BBQ and Grill
Marinated for 12 hours before being cooked, Buckaroo’s Buffalo Wings are thick and juicy. Buckaroo offers 10 levels of extreme spiciness, each seasoned with a different assortment of peppers.
Levels one, two and three are called Combustion ($17.50/half, $26.80/full), Volcano ($18.80/half, $27.80/full), Insanity ($19.80/half, $28.80/full), with every additional level to cost an extra $1.50 per half dozen.
I obviously knew those levels wouldn’t even make it on my spice radar, so all the way to Level 10 it was! Like a bomb exploding in your face and spice shrapnel deeply embedded in your mouth and lips, Buckaroo’s Wings were terrorising to say the least.
Address: 921 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 678202 | Tel: 6754 2621 | Website
Operating hours: Wed – Mon: 4pm – 10.30pm | Tue: Closed
Overeasy prides themselves for their comfort food, from the good old greasy burger to thick luscious milkshakes, they’ve got it all. Well, they actually also serve some not-so-comfortable versions of comfort food – Spicy Buffalo Wings (Level: 10, $18).
Although Level 10 isn’t included on their menu, simply request for it and they’ll serve you these wings straight from the fiery depths of Hell (available at both their Fullerton and Orchard outlets).
I’d definitely recommend ordering their Spicy Wings Roulette to have a warped game of fun with friends, where only one singular Level 10 wing lies amongst lower level wings.
The initial flavour attack was an unassuming innocent sour tang, but what followed very soon after was a searing pain that started a throbbing numbness in my face and somehow spread to my legs as well?
As if I hadn’t suffered enough, I pursued a second winglet (I don’t know what possessed me to do so) and started crying. I then proceeded to down two large cups of milkshakes for some sort of alleviation, but TO NO AVAIL.
They used the Naga Jolokia (Ghost Chili) in their sauce, which used to hold the Guinness world record for the hottest pepper in the world. That explains everything, doesn’t it.
Kontiki, a marine-themed casual dining restaurant located at Passion Wave @ Marina Bay has its interior filled with vintage leather recliners, funky tables and a retro decor, with outdoor seating overlooking the view of the river bay.
Cocaine Wings (Level: Death, $14).
One tiny bite was all it took to start some serious waterworks. It felt like the Devil was hitting me with a fiery whip laced with boiling acid, and I think everyone at the table could say the same, judging from their teary eyes and desperate attempts to drive the pain away.
Cocaine Wings – Level Death is so perfectly and aptly named because it really felt like death was approaching (or even made you wish it were).
Kontiki: #01-02, 11 Rhu Cross, Passion Wave @ Marina, Singapore 437440 | Tel: 6268 5225
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 5:30pm – 11pm | Sat – Sun: 12pm – 11pm | Mon: Closed
3. Sunset Grill and Pub
Ah, the infamous Sunset Grill and Pub. Once located at beautiful Seletar, and currently at Jalan Kayu, Sunset Grill and Pub is known for its crazy levels of spiciness, far surpassing any other in Singapore at an out-of-this-world Level 35.
For fear of my own life and health, I have to admit that I’ve never tried Level 35 (and probably never will either). If any soul is brave enough to face Level 35 head on, their name will forever be etched on Sunset’s wall for the amazing feat accomplished.
Dare to go face to face with the Devil at Level 35?
Sunset Grill and Pub: 259 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799488 | Tel: 6482 0244
Opening Hours: Sun – Mon: 4pm – 9.30pm| Tue: Closed | Wed – Thu:4pm – 9.30pm| Fri – Sat: 4pm – 10pm
2. Chuckwagon BBQ and Grill
A rustic standalone shack in the area of Wessex near One North, Chuckwagon is a family-friendly establishment with Cowboy and Red Indian paraphernalia, along with all kinds of alcohols from all over the world adorning each wall.
Their Buffalo Wings have 10 levels of spiciness for you to pick from, with the first three levels named The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly respectively, so imagine what I experienced when I took a bite out of Level 10.
The second a drop of sauce made contact with my tongue, I felt the heat hit me like a freight train. My face started burning, sweat started to bead on my scalp, and tears started blurring my sight. Anything that touched my mouth after that physically hurt – even french fries.
Considering the level of searing pain that the spice induced, I was amazed I could still taste the flavours of the chicken and the base sauce used to coat it. Chuckwagon’s wings cater more to our Singaporean palate with their sauce slightly sweeter and less sour than the average Buffalo wings.
Warning: their Chili Ice Cream is 10 billion times spicier than their wings. Eat only if your mouth doesn’t have its sensory glands attached to it anymore.
1. Jerry’s BBQ and Grill
At Club Street, where Singapore’s nightlife lives and breathes, lies Jerry’s BBQ & Grill. Famous for their Buffalo Wings – comfort food great for the sober and phenomenal for the drunk, their highest level of spice lies at Level 6 (Jerry’s Insanity).
Level 6 Jerry’s Insanity ($19.95 for half a dozen) warns patrons to consume them only at their own risk because they use the spiciest pepper currently available to mankind – the Scorpion.
Despite my tongue being set ablaze and my eyes a watery blur, through the haze of pain, I could still sense that their home made sauce was amazingly delicious. The wings, despite the spice, were sufficiently moist inside and had sauce-soaked crispy skin on the outside.
Do order Level 3 and below if you’re scared, because their wings, without the torturous spice, are amazing.
Jerry’s BBQ & Grill: 92 Club St, Singapore 069460 | Tel: 6323 4550 | Website
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 12:30am | Sun: 12pm – 12am