Since the time we were in Pune, we always had this crazy craving to go buy a huge bucketful of KFC original recipe chicken and hog ! But you see in India, KFC is probably not the most cheapest option and somehow we never got around to buying it actually for two reasons – calories & price, well it was primarily the price to be honest. KFC in India unlike McD & other fast food joints, never used to include the taxes in the listed prices of items on their menu. It was always a surprise factor, introduced right after you painstakingly produce the exact change (feeling quite proud of yourself); And I didn’t like that marketing stunt. Giant corporates vs us minions !
In Australia, KFC is probably the last place you’d go to buy fried chicken, for it’s not very popular, although it well might be the cheapest option ! Anyway, that didn’t bother us – it is affordable, the cost is justified etc. etc. So we decided to trade a night’s home prepared meal for our bucket fantasy !
As Indians we love bargain. I mean we literally get a high when we know we’ve saved few bucks buying on promotion. So get this, here in the local KFC, a bucket of 5 fried chicken pieces is $12.95, whereas a streetwise feast of $19.95 is “6 pieces of fresh Original Recipe Chicken, hand coated in the 11 secret herbs and spices, 3 mouth wateringly tender Crispy Strips, 6 delicious Kentucky Nuggets, 2 sides of seasoned large chips and 2 of our famous dipping sauces.” !! Oh WOW, we thought – now isn’t that the biggest bargain ever?!
But what we did not realize at the time, even in our worst dreams gone bad is that the “hand coated secret recipe” was the last thing we would taste because of the overwhelming amount of salt and oil on the chicken, which by the way I’m sure, was how it was killed in the first place!
The coating was coming off the chicken and drenched in oil. The chicken itself tasted extremely bland and we certainly had to hand coat it back again to make it palatable.
Back when I was in school in India, the tales about how wonderful KFC chicken is, used to make us drool. I even remember the time I was at a friend’s place and was offered a piece of the original KFC chicken, which was just flown in on a flight from Dubai – and I felt so blessed to have had the opportunity to savor it ! Ha, which brings me to the question – Does KFC chicken taste so horrible everywhere in the world? Or is this Australia’s master plan to promote Red Rooster over KFC?
Even at KFC back in India, I don’t recall the chicken tasting so bad. In India, we are so fond of KFC that, especially in my hometown in Kochi, we have all these KFC wannabes – AFC (Asian Fried Chicken), FFC (I don’t even know what it stands for), ChicKing (which by the way is now in UAE too) and couple more of others I just can’t remember now! And these places are packed.
Hmm, I think I’m going to stand by my conspiracy theory and from now on, if I give in to a craving for fried chicken in future, it’s gonna be Red Rooster !!