Saturday, June 26, 2010

KFC - Finger Lickin' Good? Not For Me!

In a nutshell: greasy with a heavy breadcrumb coating and soft chips.

Those of you who know me well may be falling off your chairs reading that I ate at a fast food place, but this unfortunately what I did. Why? Advertising really works and everywhere I drive around Dubai I see KFC chicken panini adverts and my mouth waters, so being very hungry and having walked the length of Ibn Battuta not less than 3 times I decided to give into my craving!

Upon reaching the front of the queue I saw that the actual chicken panini doesn't look half as nice as the photo on the advert (surprise surprise) and my conscience also started chipping into my thoughts. So, trying to be as 'healthy' as possible I ordered 2 chicken pieces and chips. I remember KFC chicken as having crispy breadcrumbs but this did not: heavy, greasy and generally enough to turn your stomach...needless to say I pulled the coating off and just ate the chicken. Maybe it was psychological but even the chicken seemed to taste greasy - although considering it had been dropped into a vat of hot oil it does make sense for it to taste of that oil.

At least I had the chips to console me...wrong! BBC Food on TV has shown me that for chips to not absorb the oil in the deep fat fryer, to be crunchy on the outside and to be soft on the inside they need to be cooked in oil that is at the exactly right temperature. I can't tell you what the temperature should be since I don't own a deep fat fryer and must admit that I didn't pay that much attention to the programme. I can confirm though that the guys at KFC need a lesson in what temperature they should be cooking their chips since the ones I was given had absorbed a fair amount of oil and were soft all through.

Next time I crave some fast food I'll remember this experience and won't give in to that little voice in my head telling me that I'll enjoy it!


  1. KFC is the best fast food! Cool blog - can't wait for more :-) Loot

  2. Personally, I like KFC but your father agrees with you having had it on Thursday - he swore he'd never have it again! Mum

  3. Hi- had the same experience in the MoE where the food looked better than the taste and would have been better going to Marble Slab where I would have had great ice cream in a dark choc cone - WONDERFUL.
    Back to KFC - poor quality chicken and chips with stale roll to boot so not for me next time which is a pitty as it used to be EXCELLENT Fast Food. WAH

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