KFC – Kuala Lumpur

I hadn’t planned on making Adventures at KFC one of my regular posts, but each country has at least a few unique items on the menu and that intrigues me. 

I hadn’t planned on making Adventures at KFC one of my regular posts, but each country has at least a few unique items on the menu and that intrigues me.

Photo of a KFC advertisement with Malaysian writing. The images show an egg and fried chicken sandwich, a bowl of porridge, and a plate titled Classic Rice which features a banana leaf topped with a pile or rice with a poached egg on top, large piece of fried chicken, and a bowl of Sambal.
This is the advertisement that originally drew us in. Sambal is a traditional Malaysian sauce and I had to have it on my Colonel’s chicken.

We made a special trip downtown to visit the KFC. We didn’t have to go that far (KFCs are kind of everywhere), but we hadn’t been down there yet and we wanted a walk. So, we took the metro for about ten minutes to Kuala Lumpur City Center and made a quick stop at Petronas Twin Towers!

Man and woman standing outside of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur's city center.

Then back to business. We found the KFC, pulled out the photo we took of the advertisement, and got ready to order. Unfortunately, the food items we saw advertised were only on the breakfast menu. So, we went for our second choice, the KFC Chizza.

A white box with red stripes, labeled "KFC Chizza Chicken x pizza" sits unopened on a table. Next to it is a small ramekin filled with a red sauce and a white cup with a picture of the KFC Colonel and labeled "KFC. It's so refreshingly good"

For 20RM/$5, we got a small fry, KFC Original flavor chicken leg, chizza, and two sodas. In China, we could easily find Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, and Coke Zero. Here, I have seen far less Coke Zero, but a good amount of A&W and Mug root beer. I’m a fan.

Condiment dispenser at KFC. There are three nozzles with a picture of a bottle underneath each one. One bottle is labeled Thai chili, another Tomato Sauce, and the other Chili Sauce.

We had a selection of sauces to choose from: Thai Chili Cause, Tomato Sauce, and Chili Sauce. I thought about trying one of each, but the attendant seemed to be limiting everyone’s sauce consumption. I grabbed the Tomato Sauce, expecting ketchup. It was not ketchup. It was a little more plain and a little sweeter.

KFC Chizza. Piece of fried chicken with a red sauce, a large helping of pineapple, and some sauteed onions. On top are thick dollops of white cheese that is sprinkled with basil and red pepper flakes.

And the main event, the KFC Chizza. It is a fried chicken breast, topped with “pizza sauce” (more of the weird tomato sauce), mozzarella cheese, pineapple, onion, basil, and red peppers. The onions were very good, but everything else was a bit “meh”. I think the most troublesome part was the chicken. Fried chicken does not make a good crust. With tendons and other textures, it is difficult to take a single, clean bite. Also, pineapple does not belong on pizza!

Man attempting to eat KFC Chizza. Looks to be struggling with the white cheese. It looks very thick and difficult to bite through.

We cut the roof of our mouths on the crispy chicken, burnt our tongues on the molten cheese, and stung our nose with the loose red pepper flakes. Yet again, our KFC International meal was less than desirable, but that won’t keep me from trying whatever the specialty is in Thailand next month.

A Trip to KFC in China

We got your requests loud and clear, you want us to try KFC’s New Seabug Chicken Sandwhich. Well, your wish is our command.

In the last post, we mentioned wanting to try KFC’s new Seabug Sandwich. You were intrigued. We heard your requests loud and clear, and are here to report on this strange, daring culinary experiment found only here at the KFC in China.

Read about our KFC adventure in Malaysia. ♥

KFC in China

KFC is the largest franchise in China, with the first shop opening up in Beijing back in 1987. The company has experienced quite a bit of success since then, mostly due to their practice of modifying their menu to fit their audience. Pizza Hut and McDonald’s are also pretty common sights in China, but, except for the outrageous prices, the food is pretty much the same as it is in the USA. Going out to one of these fast food chains feels like specialty dining. Pizza Hut feels like a romantic Italian restaurant, and KFCs are usually large and center stage.

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We have been trying to avoid the American food joints until we can’t take it anymore, but the strangeness of the Seabug Sandwich was simply too alluring. What is a seabug, you ask? We have no idea! We have been trying to figure it out for years, since the first time we ate them in Shenzhen, and every time we think we’ve got it, we are proven wrong. All we know “for sure” is that it is an aquatic isopod. It tastes like shrimp, but looks like a pink rolly-poly. If you know what it is, please leave a note in the comments.

In updating this post three months later, we have finally learned these weird little creatures are called mantis prawns.

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Image from the Chinese version of Amazon Prime Pantry

This isn’t the first time we’ve eaten an unknown food. Learn more! ♥

A Trip to KFC in China

Our meal came with a Seabug Sandwich, a Seabug Wrap, 2 pieces of chicken, 2 custard pies, and 2 sodas. We were particularly excited about the drinks, as we have been greatly missing caffeine. We ordered in English (mostly) and purchased our meal deal for ¥68 ($17)! It was quite spendy considering our average daily food budget is only about $20, but for your sake, dear readers, we were willing to go a little over and give it a try.

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Upon first unwrapping the sandwich, we were surprised to find that it’s actually a Seabug Chicken Sandwich; there’s a piece of grilled chicken under the lettuce. The texture of the chicken was a little chewy, but the sandwich had a lot of flavor. In addition to the spices on the chicken, there was a curry-like sauce that had a little heat to it. The spices were definitely Asian, and not anywhere close to the Colonel’s secret recipe. Again, it’s why they’ve been so successful. Final verdict: it was… fine. We liked the food, but probably won’t order it ever again. We’ll stick with our regular $5 box with fried breast, mashed potatoes, corn, and a cookie.

 

Check out our usual lunch options while in Guilin, China ♥

The surprise standout was the custard pie. They’re a pretty common street food, but these ones in particular stood out, mostly due to the crispy, flaky crust and Southern-style extra butter. The custard itself was also well done, fluffy, light, and sweet. These little babies alone are worth a trip to Chinese KFC.

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The Verdict

All in all, it was a successful trip. We tasted the Seabug Sandwich (Spicy Mantis Prawn and Chicken Sandwich), and while it won’t be sweeping the US by storm anytime soon, it was worth it to experience American fast food, China style.


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A Trip to KFC

We got your requests loud and clear, you want us to try KFC’s New Seabug Chicken Sandwhich. Well, your wish is our command.

In the last post, we mentioned wanting to try KFC’s new Seabug Sandwich. You were intrigued. We heard your requests loud and clear, and are here to report on this strange, daring culinary experiment.

But first, some background. KFC is the largest franchise in China, with the first shop opening up in Beijing back in 1987. The company has experienced quite a bit of success since then, mostly due to their practice of modifying their menu to fit their audience. Pizza Hut and McDonald’s are also pretty common sights in China, but, except for the outrageous prices, the food is pretty much the same as it is in the USA. Going out to one of these fast food chains feels like specialty dining. Pizza Hut feels like a romantic Italian restaurant, and KFCs are usually large and center stage.

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Our nearby KFC is in a prime location and is two stories tall.

We have been trying to avoid the American food joints until we can’t take it anymore, but the strangeness of the Seabug Sandwich was simply too alluring. What is a seabug, you ask? We have no idea! We have been trying to figure it out for years, since the first time we ate them in Shenzhen, and every time we think we’ve got it, we are proven wrong. All we know “for sure” is that it is an aquatic isopod. It tastes like shrimp, but looks like a pink rolly-poly. If you know what it is, please leave a note in the comments.

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It advertises lobster or crawdads on the boxes, but the posters and commercials all had pictures of seabugs, so now we are even more confused.

We ordered a meal that came with a Seabug Sandwich, a Seabug Wrap, 2 pieces of chicken, 2 custard pies, and 2 sodas. We were particularly excited about the drinks, as we have been greatly missing caffeine. We ordered in English (mostly) and purchased our meal deal for ¥68 ($17)! It was quite spendy considering our average daily food budget is only about $20, but for your sake, dear readers, we were willing to go a little over and give it a try.

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Upon first unwrapping the sandwich, we were surprised to find that it’s actually a Seabug Chicken Sandwich; there’s a piece of grilled chicken under the lettuce. The texture of the chicken was a little chewy, but the sandwich had a lot of flavor. In addition to the spices on the chicken, there was a curry-like sauce that had a little heat to it. The spices were definitely Asian, and not anywhere close to the Colonel’s secret recipe. Again, it’s why they’ve been so successful. Final verdict: it was… fine. We liked the food, but probably won’t order it ever again. We’ll stick with our regular $5 box with fried breast, mashed potatoes, corn, and a cookie.

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The surprise standout was the custard pie. They’re a pretty common street food, but these ones in particular stood out, mostly due to the crispy, flaky crust and Southern-style extra butter. The custard itself was also well done, fluffy, light, and sweet. These little babies alone are worth a trip to Chinese KFC.

All in all, it was a successful trip. We tasted the Seabug Sandwich, and while it won’t be sweeping the US by storm anytime soon, it was worth it to experience American fast food, China style.