When my colleague brought back KFC’s new Dip ‘N Share Bucket, I was like, “Wait, this is familiar.”
Number 1: It’s familiar because I’ve seen this in my email before (as a media release).
Number 2: It’s familiar because I don’t see anything new about this (?…??).
I mean, take a look yourself.
Isn’t it just putting everything together in a bucket? You can’t say that there’s a new cai png dish in a coffee shop just because you can mix a different variety of dishes, right?
Well, it turned out that I was partly wrong.
The KFC Dip ‘N Share Bucket comprises the usual fries (that my colleague swear by), the usual nuggets and a brand new item: the KFC Hot & Crispy Tenders.
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t know about their chicken tenders: I’ve always thought that they’ve crispy chicken tenders. After all, there are crispy rendang chicken, so crispy tenders aren’t new, eh?
Apparently, the Hot & Crispy Tenders isn’t the only new kid on the block: the bucket comes with a variety of sauces, and one of which is the new Sour Cream & Onion Sauce.
And as usual, we were all confused; my colleague thought the Sour Cream & Onion Sauce was old until the media release said otherwise.
To put it simply, we were all just confused on what’s new and what’s not.
But what the heck is it all about?
The whole idea is a bucket for friends to share because each one of us has different food preferences, so having a bucket with fries, nuggets and tenders would, well, seems fun.
Not sure if I’ll concur, but anyways.
It comprises a pack of medium fries, six pieces of the new Hot & Crispy Tenders, twelve pieces of nuggets and three dips (BBQ, Sweet Mustard and Sour Cream & Onion). I’m not sure how many people it serves, but we tried it with three and it settles our lunch easily.
Taste-wise, let’s just focus on the new Hot & Crispy Tenders and Sour Cream & Onion dip, since I’m pretty sure you can find reviews of KFC’s nuggets and fries everywhere.
Hot & Crispy Tenders
Here’s the exact conversation we had on our first try:
Me: “Wah, good seh. The chicken so soft, not like those KFC chicken.”
Colleague Idiot: “No. KFC chicken was never soft. But this is good seh. Not bad.”
Colleague Stupid: “I can’t remember Popeyes chicken, but this is not bad.”
I’ve no idea why Popeyes came into play, but here’s the verdict: all three of us think that it’s good.
To me, the chicken tender is soft with a slight spicy kick in its skin – almost like KFC’s usual crispy chicken but amplifying that by two times. The ones we have aren’t crispy anymore, but it could be that we dabao-ed it.
Very often, it’s easy to feel jaded after having some chicken tenders, but the crispiness of it doesn’t make me feel so despite the lack of a soft drink (yeah, the bucket doesn’t come with drinks).
Dipping it into the various sauces works wonders too, but that’s subjective: I like the Sweet Mustard sauce while my colleagues chose otherwise. KFC has succeeded in this area: different people have different tastes, and hence the variety of the sauce.
Which leads to the next new item: the Sour Cream & Onion Sauce.
The New Sour Cream & Onion Sauce
Truth to be told, my first sentence after trying this is: “Like 臭酸 (in Hokkien) leh.”
Soon after, my colleague explained the rationale behind sour cream and onion. However, despite trying it a few times, it just doesn’t gel with anything: the nuggets, the fries or the tenders.
The sour cream and onion does taste like what it says: sour cream and onion. Just imagine yourself licking a sour cream and onion potato chip and that’s the taste. Some might like it, but I’ll prefer it to be sprinkled in a pack of potato chips.
My colleague, on the other hand, thinks it’s great: he claims that it brings out the “sour cream God”. Then he sheepishly admitted that it could just be for the sour cream fans: layman like me who prefers cai png is better off with the sweet mustard sauce.
Overall: It’s good and therefore could educe a quarrel
You see, there are six tenders in the box. There are three of us; one of us went off after taking one tender, which means five tenders would be shared among two people.
And because it’s so good, both of us want three pieces, and scissors-paper-stone isn’t going to work. We resorted to distributing the nuggets more evenly to prevent a world war in Bukit Batok Crescent.
In other words, the idea to share with friends backfired because everyone wants more.
But of course, the Hot & Crispy Tenders comes as an ala carte item as well, at $3.90 for three pieces and $5.90 for five pieces.
Below are the prices for their meals.
Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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