The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Food With Divine Taste and Texture

I've never really been into burgers - I find their thick crusts too yeasty and they never quite taste as good as they look on those glossy, high-resolution photos on menus and promotional material.

The Zinger Burger Meal at KFC, however, proved the exception. I am not sure if it was the freshness of the chicken or how hot each bite tasted but what I do know for sure is that it's the sort of burger I would readily eat again soon and frequently for that matter.

This burger has a slight peppery taste that is tingly on the taste buds and not at all in an unpleasant way. The added coleslaw perhaps counteracts any pepper and gives the chicken a creamy quality without any hint of sogginess expected of a meals served with cream.

The tomato slices in this burger were sweet and firm to the bite with yet more hints of pepper. The thing that would perhaps make this meal better is a larger portion chips and for the zinger wings too.

Being a fan of all things spicy, the zinger wings definitely made the list of firm favourites. The crispiness is definitely something to write home about - a melange of spices that you can't quite put your finger and thus perhaps add to the mystery of the 'secret recipe' which Patrick Meme, Manager at KFC Kimathi Street, alluded to.

Incidentally, the hot and spicy chicken variety was quite crispy as well but also moist as the manager explained that this type of fried chicken is stored under a certain temperature after frying to keep it succulent.

Our orders were served in the time of little over a minute. According to Meme, KFC chicken is served within 90 minutes of frying or otherwise discarded to maintain it's 'hot and fresh' policy for all meals.

If the zinger wings are something to write home about, then the KFC crusher is worth making a movie. My favourite was the mango crusher which is a cool, thirst-quenching drink that tastes a lot like like nostalgia, as one of my colleagues put it.

It's familiar taste was further enhanced by the real bits of mango inside and the tangy taste that's so sharp and yet so sweet. The coolness of this drink makes it taste a lot like mango sorbet.

The oreos crusher tastes a lot like a mix of vanilla and chocolate milk shake, only thicker and with actual bits of crushed oreos. Caramel Avalanche is a KFC ice-cream that tastes divine with a luxurious texture that is not unlike thick toffee.

I wasn't too thrilled about the tiny blue sweets inside - they distracted from the great caramel taste but I bet this ice cream is a big hit with the kids as the blue sweets are the kind that leave traces of their colour on the tongue.

What's more interesting about KFC is the sparkling cleanliness - a kitchen tour courtesy of the manager proved it. You can literally eat off the floor at a place like this - I lost count of the number of times I saw a staff member wiping or scrubbing a surface.

If your tastes are anything like mine, then it is best you try the zinger burger and the crusher which seems well-priced at Sh200. They are unforgettable. Four zinger wings cost Sh390 while the price for the zinger burger meal is Sh670.

KFC Lyric House Kimathi Street

KFC Galleria

KFC Till

Zinger burger meal

Restaurant: Kentucky Fried Chicken

Location: Kimathi Street, Nairobi

Reviewed by: Pauline Odhiambo

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