Korea’s Mexicana Chicken offers fried chicken in strawberry, banana, and melon flavors

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On 5 July, Korean chicken restaurant Mexicana Chicken unveiled their new selection of Stoplight Chicken which are small pieces of boneless chicken coated in flavored powders colored red, yellow, and green.

Apparently emboldened by the previous success of chicken nuggets coated in cheese powder, Mexicana has decided to go all out and add strawberry, banana, and melon to the available flavors for their fried chicken. However, according to online reaction, the result is not great.

According to the website Soompi reaction to Stoplight Chicken in Korea has been less than positive, with various criticisms appearing online. In particular, mukbang – which is both my new favorite word and online Korean shows in which people eat something and talk about it – have been harsh.

The video is fairly long so I’ll give you the gist: Throughout the 30 minutes that this video lasts she only eats about four and a half pieces (1 strawberry, 3 1/2 banana) and spends much of the time picking at it, trying to shake off the fruit flavored powder, and making a phone call.

Adding fruit to chicken doesn’t seem like such a far-out idea. Usually a touch of lemon, lime, orange or cranberry goes really well with such a dish. However, the unique choices of strawberry, banana, and melon are much harder to imagine.

Good or bad, it’s definitely intriguing.

KFC potato chips return to Japan this spring

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Last year, something beautiful came to Japan. It was only here for a short while, but in that time, it left a deep impression on many people. And while we were sad to see it go, it’s time to dry our tears, because this spring, it’s coming back again!

So, all excited for cherry blossom season? That’s great, but what we’re actually talking about right here are Kentucky Fried Chicken-flavor potato chips.

Once again, Japanese snack company Calbee is teaming up with the world’s most famous fast food fried chicken outfit. Whereas last year’s version was billed as “Colonel’s Crispy-flavor,” this new batch of fried chicken-inspired fried potato slices emulates the taste of KFC Japan’s honenashi Kentucky paripari umashio, or Boneless Kentucky Crunchy Delicious Salt flavor.

We’re a little puzzled by the “Boneless” part of the product name, since we don’t recall any bone-like flavors in the KFC chips we tried last year. In more specific terms, Calbee says the chips draw out the natural deliciousness of chicken with a simple mixture of salt and pepper, so you can be assured that they make use of at least those two of Colonel Sanders’ 11 herbs and spices.

In a rarity for Japanese snack foods, Calbee is leaving pricing up to individual retailers. The larger, 83-gram bags are available exclusively at Japanese convenience storesstarting March 2. A smaller 58-gram bag will go on sale March 16, and both packages will include a coupon for a discount on an order of Boneless Kentucky Crunchy Delicious Salt chicken at KFC locations in Japan, in case munching on the chips has you craving the real deal.

Get ‘em while they’re cold! Tokyo restaurant has chilled chicken skewers in collagen blocks

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Japan takes skin care pretty seriously. Aside from all the parasols, cosmetic-grade sunscreens, and arsenal of lotions stocked at every drug store, some people look for a skin-beautifying boost in the foods they eat.

Collagen-rich dishes are particularly popular, especially when cooked in a hot pot. But what if you don’t just want food that contains collagen, but globs of it that contain food? Then this Tokyo yakitori restaurant has just the thing with its chicken skewers inside blocks of collagen. 

The hook at restaurant Zenyaren, located in Otemachi, the heart of Tokyo’s financial district, is that it gathers various types of regional chicken skewers all under the same roof for diners to enjoy. As tasty as yakitori is, though, it’s usually served piping hot, right off the grill, which means it isn’t the most refreshing thing on a hot summer day. That’s why Zenyaren created its newest menu item, cool yakitori.

 

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The two stick set, which costs 380 yen (US $3.75), gets you one skewer each of tsukune (minced chicken meatballs) and kashira (actually pork cheeks, but served at many yakitori restaurants). Both skewers are encased in a block of collagen gelatin.

This would probably be a good time to point out that there’s no solid medical or scientific evidence showing that eating collagen actually has any benefits for your skin. Even if you’re skeptical about the unspoken yet implied positive effect on your appearance, there’s still one more reason to give this unique dish a try. Being wrapped in gelatin keeps the meat extra juicy, since even as you bite into it, any liquid that squirts out gets absorbed into the coating to preserve all of its flavor.

 

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Still, we can imagine some people being a little squeamish about eating something that looks so different from ordinary yakitori. Zenyaren is only serving up 20 sets of cool yakitori each day, and if you don’t order yours quickly, you can be sure 20 other customers looking for beautiful skin or tasty chow will.

 

Restaurant information
Zenyaren / 全や連
Address: Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Otemachi 1-7-2,Tokyo Sankei Building, Basement level 2
東京都千代田区大手町1-7-2 東京サンケイビルB2F

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Artist Profile: Photographer Ernest Goh presents beautiful portraits of beauty pageant chickens

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Photographer and visual artist Ernest Goh has created a series of images that highlight the beauty and character that chickens can exhibit when given a chance.

The series of images focuses on the Ayam Seramas, a chicken bred specifically for its beauty. They even compete in chicken beauty pageants! They have extraordinarily high, full and proud-looking breasts and proud plumage as well. Some even describe their upright posture as human- or warrior-like, especially because they hold their wings close to their body and down towards the ground – like arms.

The stark black backgrounds on which Goh shoots his strutting models only serve to accentuate their unusual (for a chicken) postures and proud-looking plumage. This, along with the chickens’ interesting postures, makes for an interesting series of photos. And they’ve all been published in a photo book called Cocks: The Chicken Book, which you can buy on his website.

Source: ernestgoh.com | Facebook Instagram (via: petapixel)

 

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