Kangaroo land’s Friggin’ Chicken..or KFC !

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 !

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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 !!



Burger King – Pune Camp

This is Pune’s own local Burger King which really means business. For all its worth, it will give any original Burger King a run for its money.

Their speciality includes several burgers and roles that are of humongous proportions, and which given their size, cost absolutely nothing !! The burgers can get you through the day, although it might not be the healthiest choice given the amount of mayo and the greasy patties that goes into it.

Insanity MeterHigh – Bang for the buck (80 rupees for a Jumbo Chicken Burger & 70 for a King Beef Burger)

So what in the world is Atta Murg??!!

I did not expect to create such a big buzz when I posted the quite “interesting” yet ambiguous snapshots of what’s called The Atta Murg. But to be honest, I was pleased to have garnered so much attention with the insane looking flour crust – a.k.a Atta, in Hindi !

Much like how the “Dum” dishes are prepared, the Murg a.k.a chicken is slow cooked inside a layer of flour dough instead of a sealed container. The chicken, as a whole, is well marinated overnight in yogurt & spices and then wrapped inside the flour dough and cooked in a tandoor a.k.a charcoal oven.

Now, at Tansen the restaurant where my wife and friends have been raring to take me to, for the Ultimate Nawabi dining experience –  I presume their chefs went the extra mile to improvise the dish, to make this not only a visual treat but also an extremely tasty one ! For a start, it was the visual impact. They somehow managed to “spike up” the dough to give it the resemblance of err..a puffer fish or a porcupine :). We then sat in awe as the waiter meticulously worked to cut the shell open, waiting what’s inside to take us by a bigger surprise, and voila, the second twist, it wasn’t just the regular marinated chicken that was inside. The Murgwas wrapped in plantain leaves, which added a uniquely lovely flavour. Given the pretty eventful show up until then, we also wondered whether the spiked Atta will be served? (as I’m sure, this thought must’ve crossed some of your minds’). And, it wasn’t ! 😀 However, the Murg, was definitely out of the world and we couldn’t ask for more !!

Cheers \m/