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.

KFC sues 3 Chinese companies over claims of birds with 8 legs and 6 wings

KFC: Our chickens do not have eight legsNY Post:

Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it filed a lawsuit against three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens have eight legs.

The case filed by China’s biggest restaurant operator comes as the government intensifies a campaign to clean up rumors on social media. Internet marketers have been convicted of trying to manipulate online sentiment on behalf of clients by posting false information about competitors or deleting critical posts.

In an announcement posted on its Chinese website, KFC said one of the best-known fake rumors was that chickens used by the company are genetically modified and have six wings and eight legs.

KFC is demanding 1.5 million yuan ($242,000) and an apology from each of three companies that operated accounts on the popular mobile phone app WeChat. It is also seeking an immediate stop to their infringements. Shanghai Xuhui District People’s Court has accepted the case, according to a press officer who would only give her surname, Wu.

KFC’s China CEO Qu Cuirong said in a statement that it was hard for companies to protect their brands against rumors because of the difficulties in collecting evidence. “But the stepped-up efforts by the government in recent years to purify the online environment, as well as some judicial interpretations, have offered us confidence and weapons,” she said.

The companies being sued were named as Shanxi Weilukuang Technology Company Ltd., Taiyuan Zero Point Technology Company and Yingchenanzhi Success and Culture Communication Ltd. in Shenzhen city. Calls to numbers listed for the companies either rang unanswered or were not valid.

Authorities launched a renewed campaign two years ago to clean up what they called online rumors, negativity and unruliness. Critics say the campaign was largely aimed at suppressing criticism of the ruling Communist Party. Commentaries in state media have argued that a cleanup was needed.

KFC has more than 4,600 restaurants in China.

KFC potato chips return to Japan this spring

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RocketNews 24:

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.

Happy Kentucky Fried New Year! And this year’s KFC New Year Lucky Bag contains…?

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RocketNews 24:

Every New Year’s, people across Japan flock to stores for special bargains, and in particular, the “Lucky Bags” known as fukubukuro. From electronics and chocolate shops to up-scale department stores, Japanese shops and businesses of all kinds come up with original Lucky Bags at the beginning of each year to tempt those of us out for some new year’s shopping. Now, these bags are supposed to offer good value, containing products worth more than the price you pay for the bag. Well, the bags may be a good value, but the catch is that you can’t choose what you get in your bag, and each year there ends up being much online discussion on whether the Lucky Bags from different shops are a particularly good or bad deal.

Not to miss out on the action, the team at the Japanese RocketNews24 site has also joined the Lucky Bag rush, and as we’ve already started reporting, we’ve taken a look at the contents of quite a few of the bags being sold this year. And one of them happens to be a bag from none other than … Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan. Let’s see what “finger-lickin’ good” items were included in their Lucky Bag for 2015!

The Lucky Bag we purchased from KFC this year was priced at 2,000 yen (US$16.64). So, what did we get for a little under $20?

▼Here’s the bag on sale at the KFC shop we went to. There were only five bags left when we got there! KFC 1

▼And this is what the bag contained: four tickets for two chicken pieces, a discount coupon pass and a bottle of their honey maple syrup.KFC 5

▼The four tickets alone are worth 1,920 yen ($16), and they came in a pretty bag illustrated with motifs associated with New Year’s in Japan.KFC 3

▼And this honey maple syrup should be a welcome item for fans of KFC’s popular biscuits. Now you won’t have to go to a KFC shop to have their delightfully sweet syrup. It’s sure to go well with the pancakes or toast you have at home!KFC 4

▼And the bag the goods came in was actually quite nice. It’s a good size, and the KFC logo is unobtrusive enough that it looks simple and stylish overall. KFC 6

▼It may look like a regular bag from the outside, but it’s actually thermally insulated, so it will come in handy for carrying food for picnics or outdoor barbecues.KFC 2

So, what did we think of KFC’s 2015 Lucky Bag? You get most of your purchase price’s worth from the tickets alone, and the coupon pass can be used as many times as you like for a limited time, so we guess it’s not a bad deal, but to be honest, we also didn’t feel like it was a great deal either, at least not something that would make us jump up and down with joy.

That said, you would probably be getting at least your money’s worth of products, and if you like their syrup or if you like the look of the bag, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be more than happy with this year’s KFC Lucky Bag.

KFC Japan launching new restaurant that serves Kentucky Fried… Coffee?

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FoodBeast:

 

It seems like KFC wants to be your official coffee source now. Because being your chicken spot just wasn’t enough.

According to Kotaku, a KFC in Kobe, Japan will be opening a coffee shop called the Colonel’s Cafe. It will try to make you feel like you’re at a Starbucks that conveniently lets you order a two-piece and a biscuit.

Among the things that will be offered at the cafe will be French press espressos, pancakes, ice cream, New York cheesecake and, well, chicken.

KFC has scheduled a launch for November 28, and you might as well start calling it Kentucky Fried Coffee now, because you know it’s coming.

 

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 Philippines Offering All-You-Can-Eat Filipino Style Breakfast

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FoodBeast:

 

Breakfast is a big deal in the Philippines. It usually takes the form of something called tapsilog, combining meat (tapas), garlic fried rice (sinangag), and fried egg (itlog) into the perfect Sunday morning meal. So instead of trying to woo breakfast eaters with chicken donuts, KFC Philippines decided to just give the people what they want: all you can eat tapsilog every weekend in July.

According to Brand Eating, this entails “unlimited servings” of a few more iconic Filipino breakfast staples, including longanisa (sweet sausage), tocino (barbecued pork), arroz caldo (rice porridge), garlic rice, and egg — along with a few oddballs like chocolate chip pancakes and chicken filets, for variety or something.

There’s a total of eight participating locations throughout the PH, where reservations go for 199 pesos (or about $5 USD) a head. 

 

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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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All-you-can-eat-fried chicken coming to KFC Japan just in time for the 4th of July

 

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RocketNews 24:

 

Man, doesn’t that pile of Kentucky Fried Chicken look enticing? Sure, it may not be the most sophisticated meal, and there’s really no way you can twist the nutritional facts to call it particularly healthy, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a purer, simpler gastronomic joy than a bucket of fried chicken.

But you know what makes the above image all the more beautiful? The large-font Japanese text smack dab in the middle of it, the part that says tabehodai, or, in English, “all you can eat.”

Taking a page from Burger King’s endless Whopper promotion, KFC Japan has announced that for two days this summer, you can have all the fried chicken you can eat for 45 minutes for a measly 1,280 yen (US$12.50). The popular chain is being so generous that the price also includes French fries, a soft drink, and free refills of both, as well.

The promotion is part of KFC’s celebration of the anniversary of the chain’s founding , and can be taken advantage of at all 537 branches in Japan on July 3 and 4. Every restaurant will be serving up KFC’s original recipe, and while the Kentadon rice bowl isn’t on offer as part of this deal, select locations are even being so magnanimous as to include the option of extra spicy red hot chicken.

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There are a couple of catches, though. First, only a limited number of people can take advantage of this deal at each location. KFC Japan will start accepting reservations on June 14, presumably through its website here. The company also says that those branches which don’t fill up all their slots with advance signups may also accept hungry walk-ins on the days of the promotion on a first-come, first-served basis.

Diners won’t be able to choose which cut of chicken they’d like in each refill, because it’s logistically impossible for any restaurant group to obtain that many drumsticks. Finally, although KFC sells the majority of its chicken in Japan as takeout, you can’t take any portion of your all-you-can-eat chicken home with you. While this means you won’t be able to take home enough leftovers to feed your family for the week, each paying adult can also bring one child, aged 3 to 6, along with them, free of charge, for the all-you-can eat deal. Additional kids in the same age bracket can be tacked on for 600 yen each.

 

▼ We recommend having a nice, long talk with your five-year-old about the concept of “self-restraint” before you turn them loose on limitless fried food, however.

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All-you-can-eat-fried chicken coming to KFC Japan just in time for the 4th of July