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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: KFC Sweet and Sour Chicken Rice Bowl Confirmed sighting: KFC Sweet and Sour Chicken Rice Bowl
Posted: 19:16 Mon 27-Sep-2004. Price: 3.49 by itself; with drink 3.99. Location: KFC, Swiss Cottage, London. Nutritional unusualness: Unknown.
Snackspot reports: I thought I'd celebrate the news that they're axing "King Size" Mars and Snickers bars with this ostensibly healthy-looking option from KFC, which seems to be the same chicken pieces you get in their Warm Chicken Salad, but on top of a plastic bowl containing (presumably microwaved?) basmati rice, a sweet and sour sauce (featuring water chestnuts, pineapple, carrots, peppers, onions and bean sprouts), plus authentic crispy duck pancake shredded spring onion on the top. All in all, a real crossover treat for the KFC-loving Chinese takeaway fan, and presumably better for you than a bag of fries - if only it had a slightly healthier price-point too.

...(Incidentallly, while I was in my local KFC recently, I was approached - twice! - by another customer selling pirate DVDs, once while I was actually trying to place an order - presumably not quite the Blockbuster "Bringing Entertainment Home" tie-in the adverts had in mind?) In other hot food action: you'll soon be able to recreate all your favourite "Hell's Kitchen" moments at home, with special premium ready-meal kits enabling you to enjoy, for example, Gordon Ramsay's Braised Belly of Pork for as little as 40, while it's like Nestle Purina must have seen inside my microwave when they described their fancy new Felix As Good As It Looks "succulent steaklets" for cats as "so meaty - it's like food you might cook for yourself!"


Posted: 20:59 Mon 27-Sep-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Re: "so meaty - it's like food you might cook for yourself!"

Perhaps they confused it with something that would be served in the Nestle canteens.

Posted: 07:52 Tue 28-Sep-2004 by "appletizzy" # permalink comment
Comment: My sister used to work for Pedigree petfoods. Apparently they used to have no competition when buying only-just-scraped-through-the-legal-requirements-for-human-consumption chicken to put in their premium brands of petfood, until McDonalds opened in the UK.
Posted: 09:23 Tue 28-Sep-2004 by "Tom Anderson" # permalink comment
Comment: THE END OF KING-SIZE CHOCOLATE BARS!!! As reported in http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3692508.stm , http://news.bbc.co.uk/ [URL display truncated] , http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/3693320.stm - king-size Mars, Snickers, perhaps others to go. Tell me it isn't true!

I predict that within weeks, there will be illicit 'bar-modding' workshops in dingy backrooms in the East End, where rogue confectioners will build king-size bars out of bits of smaller bars. Chocolate manufacturers will invent scare stories about the danger presented by these bars in order in order to garner public support for strongarm tactics to close them down. Choco-libertarians will respond by releasing 'open source' formulas for king-size chocolate bars; although technically excellent, these will be a minority interest until a major player, such as United Biscuits or possibly IBM, figures out how to exploit them to get one up on their rivals. This will inexorably result in a surge in the popularity of open chocolate, leading to the collapse of the confectionery industry. ESR will marry Nigella Lawson.


Posted: 11:05 Tue 28-Sep-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: £40 ready meals? Well, I bet those will be really popular.
Posted: 23:14 Tue 28-Sep-2004 by "choccieman"
(apparently posting from 81-86-154-129.dsl.pipex.com) # permalink comment
Comment: Whilst it sounds delish is the KFC tub any good? I'm surprised we don't have the same as in the States, there KFC has a kind of ready meal platter (again rice+chicken). I never got to try it when I was out there earlier in the year but it seemed a bit odd paying KFC to heat up a ready meal you could probably buy in the supermarket for less.
Posted: 23:25 Tue 28-Sep-2004 by "choccieman"
(apparently posting from 81-86-154-129.dsl.pipex.com) # permalink comment
Comment: Oh and don't get me started on the king size thing, at least Nestle aren't backing down - yet, and there's still hope that Cadbury will bring back the old "pocket packs" instead :-)
Posted: 12:16 Wed 29-Sep-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Good job too - would Chunky Kit Kat be classed as Kingsize and gotten rid of too, as personally I prefer Chunky to a regular KK.
Posted: 21:56 Thu 30-Sep-2004 by "choccieman"
(apparently posting from 81-86-154-129.dsl.pipex.com) # permalink comment
Comment: Given that there is a KK Chunky and a KK Chunky Kingsize I guess the latter would be classed as king size ;-) Nestle aren't doing anything about king sizes at the time so we can sleep at night with the reassurance that they will at least be around for a little while longer
Posted: 17:40 Wed 06-Oct-2004 by "kfc girl" # permalink comment
Comment: the rice bowl is awful.
Posted: 04:01 Thu 07-Oct-2004 by "candygirl" # permalink comment
Comment: Strange.. I'm sure I saw a story somewhere that claimed kingsize bars were now to come with two individual portions inside them (encouraging you to save some for later) rather than be scrapped...
Posted: 08:49 Thu 07-Oct-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: my local Woolworths is now selling its traditional "Yard of Cadbury's Dairy Milk" - just doing their bit to help encourage sensible portion control!
Posted: 21:28 Fri 15-Oct-2004 by "ymmit" # permalink comment
Comment: "Pocket packs" .. now they were good - much better than king size...
Posted: 11:14 Sat 16-Oct-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: There's also a yard of Cadbury fingers (at least I think it's a yard) in supermarkets. Yuk! I like Cadbury Fingers but too many just makes you feel sick. 8953
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