Is KFC’s New Salted Egg Chicken Worth the Hype?March 14, 2017
- Pamela CortezWords
KFC you sneaky bastard you! Did you really think you could get away with creating a salted egg chicken and rolling it out to stores in secret? Too bad, because social media is like a disease, and photos of the limited edition offering spread like wildfire about late noon yesterday. KFC should be congratulating themselves: they’ve created something that #foodies, #influencers, and #everyoneelse will fawn over. Salted egg is still enjoying its wave of success, and this hybrid is bound to make the craze last longer. Before you join the inevitable long lines and elbow the mob for a taste, we tested it for you and decided whether or not the chicken is worth your buck.
At first glance it looks gloopy and unappetizing, but so do most fast food items when compared to their lovely, glossy, photo counterparts. The sauce is an eerily beautiful, bright nacho-cheese yellow that is unnaturally neon, and looks incredibly similar to the sauce that graced their Hot and Cheesy Chicken (RIP). The taste is actually quite similar to that dressing, with a slight cheesiness to it. The salted egg flavor isn’t immediately noticeable: it ain’t bad at all, but it is a bit faint. You definitely need a lot more of the sauce with each bite to be able to actually discern its distinct flavor and slightly grainy salted egg texture. Still, fairly decent, just not too punchy.
Skin and Meat
The best thing about this is that they’ve poured the salted egg all over their hot chicken, which makes for a really fascinating union. Salted egg dishes around Asia usually come with a kick of chilli, and the folks at KFC have done a genius job of using the spicy variant instead of the original one. It makes things far from one-note, and the chicken gets instantly more appealing with every bite. The crispy skin does get a bit soggy, but it’s not terrible: it’s the exact texture you’d get if you pour your gravy all over anyway. The meat is consistent with how KFC generally cooks their chooks, so there are no surprises that the dark meat is juicier, and the breasts run a little bit dry.
If you’re looking for the next new culinary salted egg wunderkind, this is not it. The salted egg flavor is not intense. What you do get though is a seriously worthy new fast food product that is addicting and delicious. It’s good enough that you’d probably order it constantly while it’s on the menu, and use it to temporarily replace your KFC regulars when you’re bored. It’s inferior to their previous limited offering (again, RIP Hot Cheesy man of my dreams), but stands on its own as a viable meal. But who cares about our opinion anyway? This one’s guaranteed to fly off the shelves.