M&M Chocolate Peanuts – I don’t remember ever having them since my family & I left Kuwait back in 1987 and moved to India. I love them and they are becoming my favourite.
McDonald’s Banana & Caramel McFlurry – I love banana flavoured ice cream and shakes, it’s so refreshing. The addition of caramel and Oreo cookie crumbs, makes it so good! I think this was a limited time one for the Despicable Me 3 movie release. I give it an 8.5 outta 10!
Last night after work, I wanted to go to Dominos in Ravipuram but they were already closed (it was just after 10pm) and I was starving. I happened to see that there was a new, barely one month old, Burger Hut on the opposite side of the road. Alright, I’ll go in for their cheap and simple burgers. While I placed my order I also asked them what the deal was with this whole Burger Hut vs Burger Hutz thing. The guy there said that they were one franchise originally and then later they split up though their menu, logo and overall look was quite similar. Those Hutz do not seem to have fried chicken and wings while Hut does not have momos. Weird!
Anyways, I had the double cheesy burger with a mango shake and medium french fries. The shake was a very generic almost vanilla shake with mango syrup squeezed in. Tasted very bland. It was just about ok. The fries were fresh and hot and I liked them. It comes with a little mayo. Burger was ok, decent and not something you’d tolerate in one of the bigger places like TBJ or Cocoa Tree but still satisfying in a way. I hate that they add lots of ketchup in their burgers – I don’t like ketchup with burgers! Odd since I normally add ketchup with anything and everything. Fried rice, noodles, sandwiches, heck once I even added ketchup to a biryani (I know, kill me).
Light on the wallet and a good choice when you stuck to get something to eat late at night. They have delivery too!
McDonald’s McSpicy Paneer – a fried paneer (Indian cottage cheese) patty, instead of the chicken. French fries and Coke ofcourse on the side. The McSpicy Paneer is a bit bland but its ok veg burger to have. I gave it a 7 outta 10 but I am sure many vegetarians in India love it for fixing their McDonald’s cravings.
I love potato chips as an evening snack with coffee. I like it with beer or vodka. I like to eat it while watching a football match or a movie. It’s a favourite thing for me to munch on as it is for millions of others. My favourite brands would be Lays and Pringles. There are a few others and even locally made, no-name brand chips is great as well.
I’d like to try newer brands and give everything a fair shake. One brand I will never buy again is Urban Platter. I saw this brand on Amazon.in and thought I’d give it a try. Hey, I love chips! It’s more expensive than Lays or Pringles but less expensive than some others I have seen. So I order this one, Tangy Tomato and a cheese & herbs one. How bad can they be? Turns out that they are really bad. The taste and texture is like flavoured cardboard!
It doesn’t even have the feel of potato chips. It actually tastes more like “kadachakka” or breadfruit! But it doesn’t have that taste. It’s vile. I will never buy them again. Yuck!
Fish n Chips with Parmesan shavings, mayo and spicy mayo, French fries and a little salad at Cocoa Tree. To wash it down I had a Banana Vanilla Shake. Delicious, juicy and succulent fish even though it was really small.
So, off the bat let me tell you that this is a comparison or atleast this post is only about the Indian versions of both these franchises. KFC is an American giant which has a global franchise and reach while Chicking is an Indian owned, Dubai based company that has outlets in India and the UAE but no where else that I know off. They also outgun KFC in the number of outlets in Kochi & Kerala overall. I think KFC has four franchisees in Kochi while ChicKing may have 5 to 6.
Now what matters is the taste. Head to head having had their flagship style batter fried chicken buckets in the last 2 weeks – Chicking two weekends ago and KFC last weekend – I must say that taste wise and even option wise, Chicking seems to be the outright winner. Along with the various options for buckets, they also give you buns, coleslaw, garlic sauce dips and buns. KFC will give you buns & French fries but neither of the other two. Both will give you packets of ketchup. I just feel like as a meal, KFC have to start getting you sauces and coleslaw to make it a real meal especially for family size buckets.
And taste wise Chicking seems to have the edge too. KFC has a bit of a metallic taste in their meat; not too pronounced but just there. Chicking’s chicken meat feels more juicy and fresher compared to KFC. I think they are clear winners!
Potbelly Chicken Sandwich at Cafe 17 – Nothing special, it’s really simple. A chicken salad inside lightly buttered & toasted, fresh bread. French fries and a bit of coleslaw on the side.
Dominos Pepper Chicken Pizza – green bell peppers & black olives & cheese with chunks of pepper chicken on a pizza. Dominos rant and a Tuborg lager. This was shot a few months ago.
Bloomsbury in Lulu Mall – they have a shawarma on a pizza. Skewered chicken from the shawarma grill, black olives,lots of bell peppers and onions with Tahini sauce and garlic sauce with cheese. It became a bit too much after two or three slices.
Burger Hut’s Jumbo Cheesy Beef – The cheapest decent burger joint you can find in Cochin. Small burger patties with no fuss and none of the frills. Prices are very decent. They do have very decent shakes, a couple of which are pretty awesome. Decent fries.
India’s largest coffeehouse chain, Cafe Coffee Day, is one of the places I mostly have visited for a (usually) cold coffee/frappe fix and a little bite to eat on weekends or other days that I am free. Ever since 2006 I have frequently CCD but in more recent months – since 2015 – I have preferred the more independent chains as even though CCD still has probably some really good frappes/lattes and other beverages, their snacks and sandwiches are very lacking.
Still it is convenient as they now have 3 outlets near me and one small one in Lulu Mall which is a place I go for movies. Yesterday I visited their newest outlet in my city and which is also very close to my residence. It is the spanking, brand new outlet on Kaloor-Kadavanthara road. It was opened in November 2017 and is a pretty cool place to while away some time in, while drinking your caffeine intake for the day.
Here are my favourite foods listed in no particular order (though pizzas are my favourite of all time:
- club sandwich (meat, chicken anything)
- ice cream sundaes
- biryani (chicken, beef, mutton/lamb, pork)
- barbecue/grilled/rotisserie chicken
- pork – Chinese style crispy pork is the best
The Real Texan comes with one juicy beef patty, sauces, fried egg, chicken sausages, lettuce and onion. The Burger Junction has awesome burgers and this one is no exception.
Dominos’s Chef Chicken Choice – grilled chicken rashers, bell peppers, paprika, black olives and cheese.
Burger King’s Chicken Whopper with French Fries and Pepsi. Medium fries is just Rs.10. Why do they have the whopper without cheese? You need to order it separately.
French Toast With Mushroom Gravy & Chicken Sausages at French Toast Cafe & Bakery – I would have thought that the mushroom gravy on the French toast would have been too much but it was pretty delicious. Their coffees though are pretty weak; the Iced Americano was blah!