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My messy afternoon at KFC
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
Member Name: hamm_sandwich
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
Advantages: A bucket of food!
Disadvantages: Can make you feel self conscious, I don't think there's a graceful way to eat a bucket of chicken
While away from home recently I was given the rare opportunity of trying KFC as opposed to the usual McDonalds, Burger King or Greggs (a particular favourite). I've tried KFC before but not recently and basically had no opinion of the brand.
Unlike McDonalds where a menu is unnecessary as I rarely deviate from the basic Big Mac, the KFC menu was a different proposition and appeared to offer more choice, not always a good thing for the hungry man.
With this sort of thing I tend to overestimate my eating abilities and the option of a 'bucket' of food was mercifully, very helpful in eliminating all the other options which are all - chicken themed of course.
'The Bucket' is available in two varieties at two separate price points. The first one has ten pieces of chicken (these are mostly legs and thighs) fried in their famous coating and also comes with four servings of fries. The second option is a whopping fourteen piece chicken banquet with a couple of extra sides of fries. In hindsight I was grateful for being talked down from the fourteen piece option because the ten piece one proved to be more than enough for two. These were priced at £9.99 and £12.99 for the bigger one. Unlike McDonalds where your food is sold as part of a meal including a drink but at KFC it isn't, at least it wasn't with my meal. Instead KFC offers the option of a 1.5 litre bottle of drink for an additional 99p which I thought was pretty good and is obviously a better quality than the normal syrup stuff and isn't rammed full with ice. It did however prove to be a tough ask to serve the drink with hands covered in chicken grease.
The food itself was impressive at least in quantity; you won't get a meal of this size at this price at another chain fast food restaurant. I shared the meal with a friend but could easily serve three or perhaps four less hungry people.
The quality of the chicken was a bit more mixed, the coating and skin was delicious but some of the chicken felt perhaps a little undercooked and didn't fall away from the bone very easily and proved a challenging eat and it can become a an embarrassing exhibition in a crowded restaurant as it's a very messy process.
The chips are noticeably chunkier than those of KFC's rivals and are unsalted. Although they are clearly a better quality than the usual fries I must confess my preference for the far saltier, skinny fries.
As I mentioned, the meal can get a bit messy and KFC provided paper plates, a lot of napkins and those lemony wipes that you use afterwards to get the grease off your fingers and around your mouth, all in all it makes for a rather stacked tray and made me think how much waste KFC must produce.
I got what I wanted in the end as it was a perfect antidote for my hangover and I felt the restaurant offered excellent value for money and I will go back again but will most likely sample something else from the menu.
Summary: An excellent alternative to the usual suspects.