If you’ve not tried any cereal chicken before, you’re either not a Singaporean or you’re allergic to chicken.
Whether it’s the calorie-filled butter cereal chicken or merely the crispy cereal chicken you’ve ordered from your favourite zi char stall or a cai png stall, it’s a dish that’ll never go out of trend, in line with other popular hawker fares like sweet and sour pork cubes (咕老肉) or kung pao chicken cube (宫保鸡丁).
I’m pretty sure 1,000 years later, your great-great grandchildren would still be having them while salted egg everything would become a retro dish.
So when KFC took the challenge of repackaging this into a fast-food chicken, purists went apeshit.
Purist Joe: KFC is ang mo. Cereal chicken is Chinese. You don’t mix them together!
Purist James: Letting KFC tinker with cereal chicken is like letting McDonald’s tinker with har cheong gai: we’ll be so pissed off, we’ll livestream ourselves pissing at the food
Purist Jin Man: Cereal chicken with bones? Why don’t we also add bones to Zinger burger?
Are their angry reactions justifiable, or have KFC made cereal chicken great again? Since it’s Friday, we’ll waste our calories for you in this instalment of #FastFoodFriday
When the chicken crossed the road and reached our office, the first thing we did was to open up the box and wait for the office dogs’ responses.
XiaoBeach73 was the first dog to respond, saying, “That smelled good.”
Soon, more dogs followed: the cereal chicken does smell like the real McCoy. In fact, our editor, who didn’t know we’ve ordered it, thought that someone had bought cereal chicken rice from the nearby zi char stall.
Purist Joe: Smelling goody doesn’t mean it’ll taste good. Go on, try it.
I agree with Joe on this, and so, here’s the taste test.