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Korean Fried Chicken Is Ready For the Mainstream

What’s all the hoopla over KFC? No, not that KFC, I’m talking about Korean fried chicken, which is letting it be known it’s not just a substitute for American fried chicken, but is its own thing entirely. Spots like Momofuku Ko, Bonchon Chicken, The Gangjung and OG KFC franchise, Pelicana Chicken, are only a few that have made a name on the food scene. They’re waving the banner high for other established joints like The Prince and Kyochon, who have held it down in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood for years. Ever heard of quadruple fried chicken? I hadn’t either. But before we dive into South Korea’s take on fried chicken, let me give ya’ll a little background.

Established in 1977 in the basement of Seoul’s Shinsegae Department Store, the first modern-day Korean fried chicken joint was called “Lims Chicken.” As the first fried chicken franchise in South Korea, Lims became extremely popular amongst locals who were used to eating chicken boiled with rice and ginseng. The restaurant employed a cooking method that involves frying the chicken twice, thus creating a version of fried chicken that was thinner and crispier than its American counterpart. As the demand for fried chicken in Korea grew, it was the arrival of Pelicana Chicken in 1982 that really changed the game. 

Photo by: National Institute of Korean Language on WikiCommons, CC BY-SA 2.0 KR

Pelicana created what we know today as Korean fried chicken by being the first to drench it in sweet and spicy sauce. This approach is popularly referred to as “yangnyeom (seasoned) chicken,” and was a driving stimulus behind future innovations on the KFC scene.

Evolving as the years progressed, today there are four flavors and three styles of Korean fried chicken available for chicken lovers. “Dankganjeong” is the most traditional flavor of KFC, and is considered by some to be the Korean version of orange chicken. It’s fried twice using potato or corn starch mixed with seasoning, and glazed with a sweet garlic soy sauce. One LA-based restaurant that’s fittingly named and known for their dankganjeong is The Gangjung. They offer an array of flavors from garlic to barbeque. Out east in New York, modern Korean soul food gastropub, Windrose, provides an upscale presentation using a cloche as a makeshift smoker that when removed reveals glistening dankganjeong.

Another flavor is “padak,” which means “green onion-chicken.” It’s plain fried chicken smothered with slivers of fresh green onions. Palisades Park, NJ hot spot MaMa Chicken features generous portions of padak on their menu along with a range of options to keep your taste satisfied.

For the humble palate there’s plain ol’ fried chicken, which is named “huraideu.” David Chang’s famous Monofuku Ko has what is called “Fried Chicken But Cold,” which is exactly what you think. The prestige lies in the quadruple fried skin which maintains its crispiness even after refrigeration.

The other two KFC styles are “sunsal,” meaning “boneless” and “tongdak,” which means “whole chicken.” Lims Chicken originally popularized tongdak in the 1970s. It’s made by submerging a whole chicken into a fryer until it’s extra crispy, and is then served rotisserie style. 

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As you can see, there’s a KFC style for every mood. Fried chicken will always be a comfort food staple and as Korean fried chicken continues to gain mainstream popularity, you can expect more unique approaches.

Next time you’re trying to decide how to appease your munchies after a night of partying, be sure to type “Korean fried chicken near me,” into your search engine.

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Matthew McConaughey Gives Away Turkeys All In The Name Of Goodwill And Bourbon [WATCH]

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it only makes sense that Wild Turkey Bourbon is looking to spread goodwill and capitalize on their fowl name.

The brand recently teamed with Matthew McConaughey to donate 4,500 turkeys to the residents of the distillery’s hometown of Lawrenceburg, KY — the donation included giving more than 500 turkeys to the local food pantry.  Along with a team of more than 250 Wild Turkey volunteers, the Academy Award-winning actor surprised Lawrenceburg residents by showing up on their doorsteps with turkeys generously donated by Butterball.

McConaughey, who serves as the brand’s Creative Director, celebrated his 48th birthday with 250 Wild Turkey volunteers by making an appearance at the Wild Turkey Distillery before he, Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell, and volunteers set out to give back.

“In one of our very first conversations, Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell told me that the town of Lawrenceburg is what keeps the Wild Turkey family running,” says McConaughey. “The support system in this community is amazing – in one form or another, everyone has some kind of relationship with Wild Turkey – and that’s why we were so grateful to have the resources to give back and say thanks to Lawrenceburg residents. We thought, let’s give everyone a turkey, one less thing for them to worry about this season.”

In addition to the deliveries in Lawrenceburg, Wild Turkey has also made a donation equaling 50,000 Thanksgiving meals to the anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength to help families in need across the country. Wild Turkey is encouraging fans to join them in their Friendsgiving to End Hunger campaign to support those who could use a hand this holiday.  Fans can host a Friendsgiving fundraiser in their own hometown or make a donation to support Share Our Strength’s work to end hunger in America.

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Matthew McConaughey Directs Latest Commercial For Wild Turkey

Matthew McConaughey lives the life. He’s a leading man on the big screen and in recent years has began lending his signature Southern drawl to pitch cars (you know the commercials) and now bourbon.

Wild Turkey Bourbon, who made McConaughey a Creative Director last year, had him star and direct their latest commercial.

A continuation of its “It’ll Find You” global marketing campaign, the spot follows McConaughey as he strolls down a street with a bottle of Wild Turkey (obviously). At every turn he hears a familiar song — one he can’t get out of his head. Finally, he comes to two chairs in front of a fire and there beside him sits Davie, the musician whose song “Testify” has been playing throughout.  Throughout the spot, McConaughey narrates: “We didn’t set out to make a hit, we just sang our song. Real bourbon, no apologies. Wild Turkey. It’ll find you.” Well, alright, alright.

“This new TV spot demonstrates the cool ease and authenticity of this brand,” said McConaughey via a statement. “I met Wild Turkey’s Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell years ago, and I immediately knew something was special about this brand – they’re not afraid to do things the right way, even if that’s not the easiest way, never changing the formula to follow consumer trends. And if you live your life with the same principles, Wild Turkey will find you.”

Wild Turkey found McConaughey a few years ago upon his first visit to their Kentucky distillery where he was introduced to the Russells, the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame father and son Master Distiller team who have worked at the Wild Turkey Distillery for nearly 100 years collectively.

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Uncovering If Colonel Sanders Was Even A Real Colonel

 

In some countries, being a colonel is the highest honor a military official can receive, so it makes you wonder, was KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders really a colonel?

The answer is yes, and no.

No, in the sense that he wasn’t a colonel in the way you’re thinking about.

While Sanders was in the military, there’s no cool backstory about him fighting in World War II, becoming a colonel, coming home and taking over the fried chicken world. He did, however, join the army in 1906, served in Cuba for a few months, got honorably discharged, and was never a colonel during his time served.

Yes, he was technically a colonel though, as in 1935, Kentucky Governor Ruby Laffoon named Sanders an honorary colonel for making kick-ass chicken. In 1949, Sanders was again appointed an honorary colonel, and pretty much just said, “I guess I’m a colonel now.”

As KFC grew, Sanders ran with the gimmick, donning a fancy white military-style suit, growing out his beard, and even dying it white.

So yeah, Colonel Sanders was actually an honorary colonel, but in the same way that Will Ferrell is now an honorary doctor. You probably wouldn’t want Ferrell operating on you, and you probably would’t want Sanders leading your military squad into battle.

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People Are Losing Their Minds Over Little Caesars New Brisket Pizza

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It looks like Little Caesars is trying to low key get into the BBQ game, smoking up some brisket and throwing it on their pizza.

These pizzas were spotted in both Texas and Kentucky, as Little Caesars seems to be selling them at $9 for a large, according to Brand Eating.

It reportedly has a dry rub-like seasoned crust, with a smoky barbecue sauce, brisket, pulled pork, and applewood-smoked bacon.

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Chewboom.com reported that the pizza is part of a Hot-N-Ready deal, so it looks like they might be serving up the brisket just as God intended, under a heat lamp and at an affordable price.

While we can’t imagine Little Caesar’s making a good brisket for $9, it seems like people are genuinely loving it, as evident through Twitter and even Instagram.

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You have to excuse our reluctance to believe that the glorious Caesar can put together some decent barbecue, but if people are raving about it, there has to be something to it.

 

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Colonel Sanders’ Nephew Casually Reveals KFC’s Secret Recipe

KFC didn’t mess up, as they’ve kept their fried chicken recipe hidden for over 80 years, but it’s possible that the Colonel’s nephew might have just spilled the beans on exactly how the chicken is made.

The Chicago Tribune’s Jay Jones had an interview with Joe Ledington, Colonel Sanders’ nephew, and within the interview with Ledington, he casually handed Jones an old family scrapbook containing a list of 11 herbs and spices.

It all sounds silly, really.

Why would his nephew just willingly fork over one of the most precious and top secret recipes in the food world?

Jones said that while Ledington was excited to show him old family photos and tell him stories about Uncle Colonel Sanders, within these photo albums and scrapbooks was a handwritten note with a list of 11 herbs and spices.

When Jones asked if those were THE 11 herbs and spices, the very ones that have been kept under wraps for so long, Ledington didn’t hesitate in confirming. Ledington even said when he was younger, he used to help blend those ingredients in the Colonel’s garage.

What are those ingredients, exactly? According to the handwritten note, from a living relative of the man who created the recipe, they’re:

1.   2/3 teaspoon of salt
2.   1/2 teaspoon of thyme
3.   1.2 teaspoon of basil
4.   1/2 teaspoon of oregano
5.   1 teaspoon of celery salt
6.   1 teaspoon of black pepper
7.   1 teaspoon of dried mustard
8.   4 teaspoons of paprika
9.   2 teaspoons of garlic salt
10.  1 teaspoon of ground ginger
11.  3 teaspoons of white pepper
Mixed with 2 cups of flour

KFC wouldn’t confirm if that is the original recipe and just deflected, giving the Tribune a generic, “Everyone thinks they have the secret” type of response, but this isn’t just any guy, or some YouTube reverse-engineer, it’s the freakin’ Colonel’s nephew!

The Trib tried the recipe for themselves and said it was pretty spot-on.

This has to be legit. It’s coming from family. KFC will never admit it, but the cat is out of the bag, and the world now knows how their chicken is made.

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CHIZZA: KFC Just Launched A Pizza With A Fried Chicken Crust

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KFC sure knows how to make the most out of its chicken. The fast food chain had made headlines in the previous years with its Double Down sandwich, a cheese and bacon sandwich made with two pieces of fried chicken breasts as buns. Then, more recently, they created the Double Down Dog which also replaced the hot dog bun with fried chicken.

In keeping with tradition, KFC is now testing a new pizza option on its menus. Anyone want to guess what the crust is made of?

Yep, the new pizza Chizza will feature a fried chicken crust. Available only at KFC Philippines, the Chizza will feature classic pizza toppings. This includes a red sauce, cheese, pepperoni, green peppers and pineapple.

KFC also started serving pizza-flavored chicken at its Hong Kong locations. Guess the company’s on a pizza kick.

A few images of the Chizza has already popped up on Instagram. Here’s what it looks like.

 

 

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SOLVED: Mysterious KFC Fried Rat Claim Turns Out To Be FALSE

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Last week, it was reported a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Los Angeles supposedly served a customer a piece of fried…rat. Devorise Dixon posted a photo of what looked to be a deep-fried rat on social media. The image when viral, sparking a massive debate over the authenticity of the meat.

The Los Angeles Times reports that KFC have since examined that piece of meat and confirmed that it is, in fact, a piece of chicken. Through a third-party lab, the suspicious meat was identified to be poultry that came out fried in an unfortunate shape.

Another photo of the chicken was released exposing white meat where a bite was taken from it.

KFC have now asked Dixon for an apology and to stop making false claims towards the brand. According to the Times, the restaurant location Dixon claimed to have purchased the meat from could not find him as a customer on security cameras.

Dixon had retained an attorney who turned the meat over to the company for testing.