Kentucky Fried Chicken set to open all-you-can eat buffet restaurant in Japan

RocketNews 24 (by Casey Baseel):

If you’re walking into a branch of KFC, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’re there to eat fried chicken. You could even argue that the whole process of ordering is partially redundant, since the question isn’t whether you want some of the Colonel’s deep-fried bird, but simply how much.

And if your answer to that query is “All of it,” then head on over to Osaka, where the first all-you-can-eat Kentucky Fried Chicken buffet is about to open.

Actually, KFC and Osaka go way back. Not only is the local baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers, said to be cursed following some of its rowdy fans tossing a statue of Colonel Sanders into a river 30 years ago (which was also the last time the Tigers won the Japan Series), in 1970 Osaka hosted the Japan World Exposition. Inside the event’s United States pavilion was a Kentucky Fried Chicken trial restaurant, the very first to operate in Japan.

45 years later, the Expo City entertainment complex is set to open in the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, and from November 19 one of its tenants will be a buffet-style KFC restaurant.

For 90 minutes, diners will be able to enjoy all the Colonel’s original recipe chicken they can eat, along with roughly 60 other menu items. In addition to standards such as fresh-baked biscuits and cole slaw, the restaurant will also serve rotisserie chicken, soup, salad, and macaroni and cheese made according to a recipe from Colonel Sanders himself. For dessert, there will be a selection of fruit, cake, and other sweets.

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KFC is also promising an atmosphere of Southern hospitality, which in addition to piles of fried chicken means a woody interior and Colonel Sander’s actual suit on display, since the late chicken mogul’s iconic duds are now in Japan.

Adult prices range from 1,880 to 2,480 yen (US$16-$21), with weekday afternoons being the lowest-price dining time and weekend evenings the highest. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 eat for reduced prices, and those under 4 dine for free.

Restaurant information
Kentucky Fried Chicken Lalaport Expo City /ケンタッキーフライドチキン ららぽーとEXPOCITY店
Address: Osaka-fu, Suitashi-shi, Senribanpaku Kouen 2-1
大阪府吹田市千里万博公園2-1
Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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 Hong Kong’s new Pizza-Chicken is innovation at its best

KFC Hong Kong has rolled out a new menu item that has the internet salivating over their screens. Pizza chicken is a delicious concoction that uses marinara, mozzarella and cheddar cheese as its breading and sauce. The result is a crispy and flavorful concoction of two of fast food’s star players.

However, the only problem so far is that this item is a KFC Hong Kong special, but hopefully if you’re vocal enough, KFC will be nice enough to bring this Stateside where it will undoubtedly become a star of fast food innovation.

KFC Japan offering pumpkin-flavored biscuits for Halloween

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FoodBeast/RocketNews 24:

 

We can’t tell if the Pumpkin trend is ending or just getting started anymore. Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan has added a new Halloween-inspired biscuit to their menu and, guess what, it’s pumpkin-flavored. The biscuits are actually made with kabocha, a green squash that looks like a smaller version of a pumpkin though less bitter and a bit more moist.

Close enough, right?

The pumpkin biscuits can be purchased individually or as a part of the Halloween combo bucket KFC is offering. The bucket will come with two pumpkin biscuits, six pieces of chicken and two small fries. Japanese children can finish their chicken and even use the bucket as a candy container on All Hallows’ Eve.

The biscuits and Halloween bucket will be available for purchase Oct. 16. Customers of KFC Japan can purchase them as a combo for 1,850 yen ($17.09 US) or the biscuits individually for 180 yen ($1.66).

Worms found in chicken wings at Chinese KFC

 

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Yeah, it’s over in China, but it still puts that thought in the back of your mind. Read a headline that says worms were found inside KFC wings, and try not to feel some type of way when you go to KFC.

A woman was halfway through eating her order of chicken wings, when she suddenly noticed her food was moving. Yup, little white worms inside the wings, almost blending with the chicken meat.

She complained to the store manager, and received a full refund and a coupon for a free combo meal. So she now has a chance to get worm-infested food, but for free.

Have fun chowing down that 10-piece bucket.

 

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This KFC Keyboard from Japan is real

 

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FoodBeast/Kotaku:

 

As part of a Kentucky Fried Chicken promotion, KFC Japan is offering this must-have fried chicken keyboard.

The brand is pushing their Twitter followers to tweet about the product using the hashtag #KFC, most likely to promote fried chicken awareness. They’ll then select one lucky individual to receive the keyboard, a fried chicken mouse and a fried chicken USB. Yep, as far as everyone knows only one exists.

While nothing more than a PR tactic, the keyboard and computer accessories are the pinnacle of fast-food novelty gifts. No word yet on whether or not this campaign will only be available to Japanese citizens. However, we are more than prepared to spam the Twitterverse until we get our hands on said fried chicken keyboard and accessories.

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KFC now selling bento lunchboxes from exclusive chain of Japanese-style outlets

 

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RocketNews 24:

 

People in Japan love fried chicken. It’s so popular it’s become one of the staple ingredients in Japanese bento lunches, where it’s served in small, boneless pieces known as kara-age, and it’s in such high demand that you’ll find queues outside specialist kara-age joints around the country.

World-famous fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken has finally picked up on the popularity of the chicken piece with a new line-up of Japanese-style hole-in-the-wall outlets dedicated to serving up kara-age in a variety of KFC flavours. And that’s not all. They’ll even serve it up in a bento lunchbox too.

 

Known as Niwatorikaratei 「鶏から亭」, there are only four of these specialty outlets in Japan – three in Tokyo and one in Yokohama. We visited the store in Togoshi Ginza, a place that gets its name, incidentally, from the fact that it was built with bricks left over from the reconstruction of Ginza after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

 

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Offering take-out only, the small servings of chicken come in four varieties and are sold by weight. At 278 yen (US$2.73) per 100 grams, you can buy one piece of chicken for about 90-100 yen ($0.88 -$0.98).

 

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The four varieties available are Karauma (Delicious Spicy), Shouyu (Soy Sauce)  Hiden Supaisu (KFC Secret Spice) and Koshou Arare (Pepper and Roasted Rice).

 

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If you’re after something more substantial, then you can try the Japanese style bento lunch for 515 yen ($5.05), with your choice of three chicken pieces.

 

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We decided to buy the bento box and as the store was promoting their new seasonal product, the crunchy pepper and roasted rice chicken, we knew we had to give this a try.

 

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Offering a new culinary experience, the KFC bento box comes complete with a set of chopsticks.

 

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Just like traditional, store-bought bento boxes, the lunch box comes wrapped in paper bearing the company name and logo.

 

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The lunch box is two-tiered, with the main ingredients on top and a tray of rice underneath.

 

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Alongside the chicken pieces we have a scoop of Japanese-style potato salad and a square of Japanese omelette. These were remarkably tasty and a great accompaniment between bites of chicken.

 

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From left to right we have the Koshou Arare (Pepper and Roasted Rice), the Shouyu (Soy Sauce)  and the Karauma (Delicious Spicy). While the Soy Sauce chicken was delightfully salty and the Delicious Spicy could’ve done with a little more kick, our favourite was the Pepper and Roasted Rice, which had a fantastic crunchy texture, thanks to the crispy, puffed rice coating.

 

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While the chicken pieces had a distinct KFC flavour, the Japanese influence and packaging made this a unique bento-eating experience! If you’re in town and you come across the Colonel on one of these Japanese-style banners, be sure to pop in and give it a try!

 

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KFC Niwatori Karatei
1-6-17 Hiratsuka, Togoshi Ginza
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Ph: 03-5749-4848
Store Hours: 10:00-22:00

 

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KFC now selling bento lunchboxes from exclusive chain of Japanese-style outlets