These deviations from KFC’s three core principles still look incredibly delicious.
Originally, there wasn’t much difference between Japanese KFC branches and their American counterparts, aside from their locations. As time went on, though, KFC Japan started adding its own unique items to the menu, which is how Japan eventually ended up with KFC-produced green tea frozen dessert beverages and bento boxed lunches.
So if we’re looking at things globally, KFC is now a chain that offers cuisine representing both the American South and Japan, which might explain why KFC branches in Hong Kong are now offering Japanese–style sukiyaki hot pot meals.
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Officially, KFC Hong Kong is calling the item “Kansai-Style Beef Hot Pot,” but there’s no mistaking the standard sukiyaki ingredients of beef, tofu, and mushrooms (although the corn is a unique, unconventional touch). Alternatively, there’s the Japanese-Style Seafood Hot Pot, which looks to be much the same but with shellfish subbing for the red meat.
The promotional photos show the individual-sized hot pots being cooked by an open flame beneath them. While it’s yet to be confirmed if KFC Hong Kong branches will be this fancy with the actual meals, fast food outlets in Japan such as Yoshinoya and Sukiya serve their seasonal stews in this manner, so there’s a chance KFC will as well.
KFC’s hot pots come as a set including white rice and a medium drink, priced at HK$49.9 (US$6.40). Not only is that a great price for sukiyaki, it’s not all that much more expensive than the HK$38.5 Hong Kong branches charge for a two-piece fried chicken set with a side order and drink, so we imagine plenty of diners will opt to spend just a little more for these Japanese-style meals, even if they’re chicken-free, non-fried, and definitely not from Kentucky.