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fried chicken shops

7 Feb

london 6.52pm 8C dry friday 2020

businesses are still opening new stores, because i just got back from eating free chicken wings , given by this company wingshack, in clerkenwell. 6 wings , usually about £6. but free tonight because they are opening tonight. they are so new, they dont even have their name above the shop, that was why i went up and down the street trying to find them. haha. i was looking for the queue, but there was not any. later i found out they were all inside. and the front door was closed. i was early though, they are supposed to open at 6pm.

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these are their fried chickens. it would be nice if they are whole wings, but they are just half wings. they are salty. though if u put some ketchup on them, the saltiness goes away. the sweet seem to swamp the salty and neutralise it. 

its nice to get these freebies, i think everything that is free is nice, haha. so it belies those who say nothing in life is free, or those who say if it is free it cannot be any good.

when i arrived i saw the others are allready there, so they told me what to do. make my choice of 5 items on the menu, and go and order them from the man at the desk. just as well they told me all that otherwise i wont know what to do and be waiting to be served. haha. i got my food and was eating it when suddenly the queue formed outside and it began to be busy. 

i hear somewhere, or is it my imagination,  that chicken shops form the biggest food places in london. i would not be surprised if it is the biggest all over the uk. it is strange too because chicken is so cheap if u buy it from the supermarket and also so easy to cook yourself and so many styles that u can cook it in. so why would anyone go out and buy them cooked in shops that sell only chicken is a mystery to me. i dont recall anywhere else in the world do they have so many chicken shops, selling just chicken. only in london i think, or only in the uk.

in europe, what i can remember when i used to visit it more often then, (that was like 10yrs ago) they only sell chicken as rotisserie chicken. 

added. i found this article saying london is the chicken capital of the world, and asking if coffee vs chicken shops is a way of finding out if a neighbourhood is gentrifying, or gently frying. haha.


kfc running out of chicken in uk

21 Feb

london 7.17pm cloudy 6C wednesday 2018

here in uk, we have kfc (kentucky fried chicken) running out of chicken and forced to close its franchise shops and sending their workers home without pay. it is a real bad cockup, all because they moved their supplier to dhl. maybe they wanted to save money, by going to a cheaper company. but this event must have made their franchees lose money and workers lose pay. i wonder whether the kfc company will compensate their franchees. it seems it will continue for weeks, so not something that is solved quickly.

their previous company that had been handling all this without any incident in the past must be grimly smiling… you cant blame them if they are thinking it serves them right for moving to another company. kfc never realise that the previous company were good at their job, and because there have been no trouble of this kind before, kfc thinks it is an easy thing to do, supplying chicken to all their franchises and anyone can do it. so they move to a cheaper supplier and this hits them.

the losses must be in the millions. tough shit for the franchisees.

all the other independant chicken outlets will benefit that is for sure, and maybe new customers who have been ex kfc customers may even like the other independant chicken shops and not go back to kfc even after they get normal again.

i myself have not eaten kfc, nor the others , so cannot really say which is better. so does kfc really taste better than the other independant fried chicken places?

there is no shortage of chicken you can buy in the supermarkets, and that is what i do, buy frozen chicken pieces from sainsbury 2.5kg for £4. in fact, a few weeks ago they even reduced it to £3.50. i got half of that cooked in a curry now , whilst the other half is in the freezer.

i think fried chicken is very fat loaded. it is better to roast it. but of course to those who like fried chicken nothing can compare. 

i am looking at this tv food program, comparing squeezy jars with those in glass bottles. and they cost more when sold in squeezy jars. people like the convenience, they can just squeeze the jar, and it is stored upside down so easy to push out. and people dont seem to mind paying more for it. i mind, but then, i seldom buy these things… mayonnaise, ketchup, things like that i hardly use. to me they are just salt and suger and vinegar; i can use the real thing, salt and suger or vinegar rather than buy those sauces with their coloring agents.

but interestingly enough i buy black soya sauce. and light soya sauce when it was sold cheap.  there is definitely something in soya sauce that adds flavour to the food that is not possible to replicate with just salt and suger. in that same program, they showed that aldi is copying the m&S sandwiches and wraps. there is no copyright on salads and these ready made foods it seems so aldi could do it, even with the same packaging… and because they copy only a limited selection and buy in bulk, they can undercut the prices and sell it cheaper. and they taste just as good it seems. aldi has very few branches in london, i know only one , in the old kent road, (added. 5.3.18 found out aldi got a tooting high st branch), and so may be they wont be making such a big effect on M&S in london. but maybe up north where they have more branches, they might be a serious competitor… though i cannot imagine any M&S customer abandoning it for aldi. haha.

i think if u really want to save money you should make the sandwiches yourself, and bring it from home. so i should think anyone who buys their sandwiches will be those who are not cost conscious. and so they will continue to buy M&S.