How does miso taste in fried chicken? KFC apparently knows the answer, having announced the first of its kind this week.
What’s it called: The new flavor is called Spicy Miso Garlic Chicken and will hit KFCs across Japan next Wednesday, Nov. 22, according to a press release. Each piece is priced at 320 yen ($2.14), while sets with multiple pieces range from 910 yen ($6.08) to 2,040 yen ($13.63).
Behind the flavor: The flavor was developed in response to customer demand for the colder months. KFC, for those who may not know, is a Christmas tradition in Japan.
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KFC took inspiration from the experience of eating jjigae, a Korean hot pot dish, in the winter. The restaurant chain had to find the perfect balance between chili peppers, garlic and miso and use them to enhance the chicken’s flavor.
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About miso: The addition of miso makes the new KFC chicken uniquely Japanese. Made from fermented soybean paste, miso is a common ingredient used in traditional Japanese dishes, adding a rich umami flavor to them.
Reactions: Japanese X users expressed excitement over the new addition to KFC’s menu.
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“This looks very delicious!” one wrote.
Another commented, “Garlic in chicken is already delicious, but adding spiciness too? I can imagine it's very tasty.”
“No doubt I’ll line up at the drive-thru,” another noted.
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