Fast Food

KFC Launches Spicy Thai Crunch Fried Chicken In Singapore Restaurants

I’ve always believed that frying chicken was a universal language, and that so many cultures are able to express their abundance of flavors through breading and sauce. That’s why I get so stoked when fast food spots bring those flavors into the mainstream, as a stepping stone to induct tastebuds into these new experiences.

Kentucky Fried Chicken locations in Singapore is now offering a take on Thai flavors with their new Spicy Thai Crunch.

A spicy Thai sauce is dressed over KFC Singapore’s Hot & Crispy chicken, then sprinkled with zesty rice crisps. The rice crisps are coated with a spicy-sour seasoning that’s loaded with the flavors of galangal, lemongrass, garlic, and onion that checks off all the boxes for spicy, savory, sweet and tangy in this new menu offering.

Definitely something I’d love to try if I’m ever in Singapore. Though if I close my eyes and listen carefully, I can probably hear those resounding Singaporean crunches from the other side of the world.

You can find the Spicy Thai Crunch at participating KFC Singapore locations.

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Burger King Pranks Customers With Chocolate Whopper For April Fool’s Day

April 1 is nearly upon us and we’re heading into the weekend with extra caution. The day of pranks usually leaves us second guessing what’s real news and what’s simply in jest.

Burger King Singapore created a Chocolate Whopper that appears to be a prime example of an April Fool’s Day prank that we should be on the watch for.

DesignTaxi reports that the all-dessert Whopper is made with chocolate cake buns, a chocolate “beef” patty, raspberry syrup for the ketchup, rings of white chocolate as the onions, milk chocolate as the lettuce (missed opportunity not using green matcha chocolate), vanilla frosting as what we presume is mayo, and candied blood oranges are in place of tomatoes.

All-in-all this was a pretty creative effort, despite making our glucose levels spike looking at it.

As one of the few Whopper fans in the Foodbeast office, I think this was a pretty creative celebration of the Prankster’s Holiday. Though if there are aspirations of adding this to Burger King’s official menu, I’d think again. Variations of the iconic burger usually aren’t that well received — Halloween Whopper, anyone?

So is this real or BK’s annual April Fool’s prank? While it’d be difficult to craft a dessert this intricate to order, Burger King could presumably pre-produce these in bulk for customers. At the end of their video, they mentioned it was “Coming Soon” and followed the words with a “Maybe.”

Guess time will tell, but we’re like 80 percent sure it’s fake.


This Tofu Wine Actually Makes For Healthy Alcohol And Makes Good Use of Food Waste

Those who may have avoided alcoholic beverages for health reasons may now be lured back to the dark side with a healthy tofu wine.

Researchers from the National University of Singapore were successful in creating an alcoholic beverage out of tofu whey, according to CNET.

The new drink was appropriately named Sachi, which means “blossoming wisdom” in Japanese, and is meant to compliment the beverage’s sweet, fruity, and floral taste. Sachi’s alcohol content is also pretty mild, clocking in at about seven to eight percent ABV, making it a delicate choice of beverage.

According to the same article, Sachi’s creators say that the wine offers numerous health benefits such as high levels of calcium, probiotics, and even antioxidants called isoflavones that have shown to improve bone health, heart health, and prevent cancer.

One of Sachi’s greatest contributions, however, is probably the fact that it helps eliminate waste. Sachi is made of leftover liquid tofu whey, which is created while making beancurd, and is often just thrown away. However, when this leftover liquid waste is used for alcohol, it generates economic revenue for these businesses.

I’m pretty convinced that health benefits and environmental consciousness is definitely enough reasons to drink. Cheers!

Fast Food Technology

McDonald’s Testing ‘Phone Lockers’ So You Can Eat Without Distractions

A McDonald’s store in Singapore just installed 100 phone lockers, as it is trying to implement a “Phone off, fun on,” initiative, according to Entrepreneur.

It might sound like blasphemy, but McDonald’s actually wants to live in a world where you to put your phone away and enjoy your food without snapping 43 photos of it first.

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McDonald’s Singapore conducted a study that found 72 percent of children, and 69 percent of adults are on their phones while eating at the Golden Arches.

The lockers seem a little extreme. If you want to spend quality time with someone and be off your phone, all you have to do is leave it in your pocket or turn it off. Maybe they figure that every time we take it out to check the time, it’s like a trap to quickly check your IG and Facebook apps. If that’s the case, the lockers would truly help, unless you’re insane enough to run to open the locker and grab your precious device. Which is entirely possible.

McDonald’s did leave room for the possibility of expanding the lockers to other stores, according to CNN, but they want to see how it works out in their Marine Cove location, first.

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McDonald’s Singapore Has An Entire Minions Menu, With Tons Of Ba-na-na-nas

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McDonald’s could have stamped the Minions on their bags, wrappers, and windows, and called it a day, but instead they went all out with an entire Minions menu that actually features some unique items.

To help promote the new Despicable Me movie, MickeyD’s Singapore will be selling Minion-shaped potatoes (hash browns), spicy nuggets, banana pies, Iced Banana Chocolate, Banana Hot Fudge Sundaes, and Minion banana ice cream cones.

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Although McDonald’s U.S. is also promoting the Despicable Me 3 film, they didn’t go all out with a menu, and the most we get is a cute commercial featuring the Minions and Happy Meals.

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Can we at least get the cursing Minion toys like we did in 2015. It’s not fair that Singapore gets all these awesome new menu items while we just have to sit here and drool while looking at photos.

While the U.S. is taking an “L” on this one, at least we can eat the Rolo McFlurry again. You have to count the small wins, too, sometimes.

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World’s First Michelin-Starred Ramen Is Coming To Singapore


A tiny nine-seater noodle shop in Tokyo, Japan made international headlines in December 2015 after earning a star from the highly respected Michelin Guide. Next month, Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta, the first and only Michelin-starred ramen eatery in the world, will open its first branch in Singapore.

Tsuta Singapore is aiming to duplicate the success of the original store in Tokyo which sees a long queue of customers hours before it opens. Tickets are sold to patrons as early as 6 a.m. which are then quickly sold out by 8 a.m., three hours before the 11 a.m. opening.

A variety of soup bases are available to choose from: shoyu soba which features a soy broth; shio soba, which has a salty broth made from Okinawan sea salt; and miso.

Founded by ramen master Yuki Onishi, the Soba Noodles Tsuta noodle shop is home to meals prepared with freshly-made noodles and carefully selected ingredients. He is set to oversee the Singapore branch to ensure that similar standards are maintained, reports the Straits Times.

According to Michelin Singapore, the proposal to expand the business in Singapore began with one stranger’s message on Facebook. It read: “We would love to tell the world about your ramen. Have you ever thought about opening a restaurant outside of Japan…in Singapore?”

Chef Onishi recalled what piqued his interest, “I had never particularly thought of expanding abroad, but what distinguished the Singapore partner was simply the fact that he came, got in line, and actually ate my food. The other people who said they were interested in Tsuta didn’t do that.”

The partner from Singapore turned out to be from the same firm that partnered with the one-Michelin-starred Hong Kong dim sum chain Tim Ho Wan.

The new Soba Noodles Tsuta, which is set to house 18 seats, will be situated at the Pacific Plaza, at the heart of Singapore’s shopping district.

Written by Ryan General | NextShark

Fast Food

McDonald’s Has A FISH MCWRAP In Singapore


Singapore McDonald’s has released a fish-inspired variation of their Chicken McWrap. You guessed it, the Fish McWrap.

Made with slice of tomatoes, single leaf lettuce and a fried fish patty. The McWrap is served in a flour tortilla with a spicy chili sauce. Essentially, it sounds like a Chicken McWrap with the protein swapped out of a Filet-O-Fish.

While US McDonald’s are cutting all kinds of wraps from their menus, it looks like the Singapore locations will feature them for at least a limited time.

The wrap itself will set you back $5.40. A little on the pricier side, but most seafood items are.

Fast Food

McDonald’s Singapore Has an ‘After Dark’ Menu that Includes a Burger Topped with Egg


Singapore McDonald’s is catering to the munchie-inclined demographic with their new Twilight Menu. The menu is featured as an “after dark” option for McDonald’s patrons, including two burgers, two desserts, a new beverage and a salad. Naturally, they will only be available in the evening hours until right before the sun comes up.

The Grand Twilight Burger is made with a beef patty, caramelized onions, mustard relish, two slices of American cheese, steak sauce and an egg on a sesame bun. The Classic Twilight Burger is a beef patty paired with onion slivers, tomatoes, lettuce, an American cheese slice, nacho cheese sauce and turkey bacon on a sesame bun.

The desserts consist of the Midnight Delight and Sunset Dream, which are essentially brownies and apple pie a la mode. The Delight features mini chocolate brownies topped with vanilla soft serve. The Dream is made with deep-fried McDonald’s Apple Pie, served with vanilla soft serve and topped with vanilla syrup.

The salad option is essentially the same as the garden salad served in the US, with the addition of corn and Japanese sesame dressing. The menu also features the Grapefruit Fizz, which is a combination of grapefruit juice a Sprite.

McDonald’s Twilight Menu will be available from 6 pm to 4 am at participating Singapore McDonald’s locations.

H/T Brand Eating