Archive | October, 2013

Fast Food Fridays: The Chicken McRib

4 Oct
Chicken McRib

I was halfway through my Chicken McRib when I realized I forgot to take a photo.

What, you’ve never heard of chicken ribs? They’re just like baby backs, but for when you’re watching portion sizes. In all seriousness, the Chicken McRib is the halal-ified answer to the regular McRib. Just like the pork version, the Chicken McRib is mechanically separated (chicken) meat formed into a rib-shaped patty and slathered with barbecue sauce. To be honest, it’s been so long since I’ve had a McRib (which is a regular menu item in Germany) that I don’t really remember what it tastes like, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out with the chicken. There’s also a double version, but you’re better off just ordering two sandwiches, as the pickle/onion-to-meat ratio is off on the double.

I’m not sure how the Chicken McRib is “awesome in more ways than one.” I guess it’s awesome that there’s a pork-free version of the cult favorite, but that’s only one kind of awesomeness. Anyway, if we’re talking about awesome chicken-based replacements, I think the shout-out should go to the chicken sausage they use in the McMuffins here. I actually prefer it to the pork version, which is not something I say very often (OK, ever).

Personally, my favorite seasonal McDonald’s item in KL is still the GCB (grilled chicken burger). Also, waffle fries, which are even better than the regular fries. What’s your favorite seasonal Mickie D’s? Tell me in the comments!

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Over the Moon(cake)

1 Oct

September 19th was the Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrated by Chinese communities with lanterns and the giving and eating of mooncakes, round pastries traditionally filled with sweet bean or lotus pastes which could be considered the Chinese equivalent of fruitcake.

Durian Snowskin Mooncake

Behold, the most Asian thing I’ve eaten

The gift-giving aspect of mooncakes has led to something of an arms race in the packaging and novelty-flavor factor. Mooncakes come in resplendent boxes (we’re using one of them, actually a little chest of drawers, to store Mr. SOK’s cuff links) and are offered in ever more exotic flavors; non-Chinese franchises like StarbucksHäagen-Dazs, and Godiva have gotten in on the action with modern offerings like chocolate fillings and ice cream mooncakes.

The original “modern” mooncake is the snowskin mooncake, which is actually a cousin of mochi ice cream: an ice cream filling is surrounded by a soft, slightly sticky wrapper made with glutinous rice flour. Although buying your own mooncake is kind of like throwing yourself a shower, I had to get the Hello Kitty durian snowskin mooncake, which I think is the most Asian food item I’ve had.

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