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Korean Fried Chicken has been one of the highlights of my adult life. Now imagine combining those incomparable flavors with fast food, and you may just have a game-changer on your hands.
Shake Shack has just launched a limited-edition Korean-inspired menu that features a Korean-style fried Chick’n sandwich.
Made with a crispy chicken breast that’s glazed with a spicy-sweet Gochujang sauce, it’s then rested on a bed of Choi’s Kimchi slaw and topped with toasted sesame seeds.
Accompanying menu items include Korean-style Gochujang Chick’n Bites (white meat chicken bites served with Gochujang mayo), Korean-style Gochujang Fries (Crispy Crinkle Cut Fries served with a Gochujang mayo), and a Black Sugar Vanilla shake (toasted black sugar mixed with vanilla frozen custard and topped with whipped cream and black sugar syrup).
The menu concept was inspired by the Shake Shack culinary team’s trip to South Korea, where they were recommended to try a Korean Fried Chicken joint.
As a fan of Korean fried chicken, I can attest to how life-changing that experience can be.
Prolific YouTuber MrBeast is now also the owner of a burger chain that rivals In-N-Out and Shake Shack when it comes to size.
His new delivery-only concept, MrBeast Burger, marks one of the most ambitious moves a media personality has taken in the food space to date. MrBeast isn’t just committing money or a bit of ownership stake into a brand, he’s the full owner and is working with 300 different ghost kitchen locations to bring his burgers nationwide.
In comparison, Shake Shack has just under 300 locations while In-N-Out is nearing 400, putting the YouTuber’s concept on par when it comes to spread.
MrBeast, who is known for giving away absurd amounts of money in viral video challenges, has gained a ton of consumer appeal and brand recognition. As a result, on opening night for the chain, many locations had hour-long waits (and the initial drive-thru concept itself had a line miles of cars long), and even causing an app made to handle orders to crash.
To open the way he did is also a monumental challenge. Most restaurant concepts start out as a single location that specialize in a few items, become celebrated for that, then make enough money to branch out and eventually franchise. Viral success stories like Slapfish, The Halal Guys, and Afters Ice Cream are all examples of that.
Instead, MrBeast launched 300 locations from the jump, all at once, betting on his brand name and virality to carry all of the spots to financial success.
I just launched 300 restaurants nationwide! Just go on your favorite delivery app and order a MrBeast Burger! WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR FOREVER AND IM SO EXCITED! pic.twitter.com/hn7tXeWrOu
While it’s still too early to tell if all of the locations are doing well financially, we were able to sample the burgers to see what they’re like.
I managed to procure a burger the day the chain opened, and was honestly impressed at how good the quality was. MrBeast’s chain is a smashburger concept, and the patties have a great sear and solid flavor to them. The toppings and condiments are all pretty standard, but overall is a solid burger.
To be honest, I would rank these just below Shake Shack when it comes to the realm of chain restaurant burgers, although as a SoCal local, it’s not going to be beating places like Tommy’s anytime soon.
The one spot that may have some concern is that when it comes to delivery, burgers aren’t something I think of that necessarily travel well. Smashburgers, especially, are something you want to eat on the spot, scalding your tongue with beefy and cheesy goodness moments after it gets off the griddle.
Still, in the times of a pandemic, it is a consistent and reliable option that I would co-sign, and for a franchise as big as MrBeast Burger is already, that’s what they should be striving for.
As if we needed any more proof that America hardly ever gets the cool releases in fast food, McDonald’s in the UK will be debuting Katsu Curry Chicken McNuggets on December 30.
Featuring McNuggets coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs and served with a side of curry dip, this iteration is an eyeopener in terms of the potential McNuggets have to be served in different flavors and types. Patrons can try a box of the Japanese-inspired nuggets for £3.59 for six, £4.09 for nine, or 20 pieces for £5.99.
However, they have to act quickly, as these McNuggets are a limited-edition and will only be available for a six week window. Now if the US can even get a sniff of any creative fast food item such as this, then things can get exciting again in that space.
When you go to a restaurant with an unfamiliar menu, and you have no idea what to order, do you find that the most foolproof way to satisfy your hunger or do you opt for the always reliable chicken fingers? It’s pretty hard to argue how clutch they are at any point of the day.
With the pandemic continuing to affect our dining habits, restaurants have had to quickly adapt to better serve their customers. Spots like Raising Cane’s and their undeniably satisfying chicken fingers have adjusted to this changing climate, and can now be in your hands faster with their new easy-to-use mobile app.
Available on both Google Play and the App Store, the Raising Cane’s app lets you order for now, later, or much later (up to a week in advance). No matter when you want it, that tender chicken with the tangy Cane’s Sauce, Texas toast, and crinkle cut fries are just a few clicks away. You can’t forget the crisp, complex taste of Dr Pepper to compliment that righteous Cane’s meal — it’s a match made in fast food heaven.
So allow the new Cane’s app to satisfy your cravings, drive over to the nearest Raising Cane’s location when your order is ready, skip the line, make a dash for the counter, grab your order and go! Only thing left to do is to smash and sip on that juicy Cane’s and ice cold Dr Pepper.
The Chicken Sandwich Wars have been a lively and contentious brouhaha between fast food heavy hitters such as Chick-fil-A, Popeyes, and even Church’s, with each touting theirs as the top notch choice amongst the fray. Now stepping into the proverbial arena is Jack In The Box, with their new Cluck Sandwich, available at all participating locations nationwide.
What Mr. Box is offering us is a thicker crispy chicken filet and brioche buns for two iterations in the standard Cluck Sandwich and the Cluck Deluxe Sandwich. Beyond that, the standard features a tangy mystery sauce and pickles, while the Deluxe is carrying heft with added guacamole, bacon strips, cheese, tomato, and lettuce.
Having tried both, I do appreciate the extra meaty chicken filets and the pronounced crunch of the batter. The mystery sauce is literally just that, though it helps buoy the flavors with added tang. Overall, Jack In The Box might have something here, though if they’re planning to stand toe to toe with the likes of Popeyes, then the jury’s still out on that.
There has been a drastic increase of COVID-19 cases throughout the country in the last few months and hospitals are quickly running out of resources. One major resource are the valiant front-line responders that are battling this pandemic with little to no rest.
Popular Vietnamese sandwich chain Lee’s Sandwiches, known for their potent Vietnamese Iced Coffee and mouthwatering banh mi is lending a hand to those front line responders.
The chain is offering free brewed coffee (hot or iced) and butter croissants to anyone who identifies as a first responder. This includes, Healthcare Workers, Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics and Essential Workers.
Front-line responders can begin claiming their free coffee and croissants beginning December 18 through January 18.
Pizza Hut Taiwan has a drool-worthy collection of holiday season pies they’re slinging right now, both of which are based on popular dishes not just in Taiwan, but around the world.
One of these popular pies is the Beef Wellington Pizza, based on the celebratory British dish. Beef Wellington is extremely popular around the holiday season, when people tend to splash out on fancy cuts like filet mignon that are required for the meaty feast.
A traditional Beef Wellington meal would consist of beef wrapped in puff pastry with mushrooms, plus sides of mashed potatoes, vegetables, and a sauce like a red wine reduction.
Pizza Hut’s version holds true to all of those components, albeit with slight twists. The beef they use is slow cooked in red wine and balsamic vinegar to emulate that reduction, and squares of puff pastry are baked into each slice. Balls of mashed potato and corn are embedded into the crust and on the pizza itself, which comes with spinach, mushrooms, and red peppers.
While it’s not an actual Beef Wellington topped like a pizza (which would be really cool), it is a hearty and tasty tribute to the British classic. Now to see what Gordon Ramsay thinks about it.
Hot pot fans also have an interesting pizza to tuck into, as Pizza Hut Taiwan has collaborated with hot pot chain Tripod King to debut the Fire Spicy Hot Pot Pizza.
This pizza is inspired by the “Mala” style of hot pot, which features a spicy, numbing broth made with tingly Sichuan peppercorn. The pizza itself is brushed in a Sichuan pepper oil, and is made with hot pot spices. On top of the pizza is cheese and an array of meats you’d find in a hot pot, including chicken meatballs, brisket, tendon, shank, and honeycomb tripe.
Curious to see how this slice would fare if dipped into an actual pot of spicy, numbing broth. I’m actually drooling just imagining that flavor combination.
Pizza Hut Taiwan’s Beef Wellington Pizza is available for sale through January 4th, while the Spicy Hot Pot Pizza is being sold in limited quantities until stocks run out. Those of you in Taiwan, I’m incredibly jealous.