Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images to what you actually get served. Today: KFC's Big Cheese Burger. (Plus taste test!)
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"Is McDonald's open on Good Friday?" "What about Easter Sunday?" "Is it open on Easter Monday?" These are questions our intrepid fast food reporters get asked every April. Personally, we're not sure how anybody could have room for a Big Mac and fries after all those chocolate eggs - but some Aussies have prodigious appetites.
As we've opined in the past, burritos are the perfect fast food. They're even more perfect than pizza (case in point: you can't wrap a pizza in foil and stick it in your jacket pocket.) This infographic from Fairmont Hotels breaks down everything you need to know about seven popular burrito styles - from their storied history to the ingredients you need to make your own.
The recipe for McDonald's Big Mac sauce was allegedly leaked online last year. It is - as most mass-produced sauces are - a long list of oil, corn syrup, stabilisers, emulsifiers, flavourings and preservatives. It's (kind of) interesting, but not exactly helpful for those who want to replicate the sweet and tangy special sauce for their burgers at home.
I'll usually be the first to tell you that you should dive into real local cuisine when you travel to another country. It's one of the most important aspects of a culture. But I'll also be the first to tell you that you should totally hit up fast food chains in other countries. They're awesome! If you have, what's your favourite thing that you just can't get here in Australia?
We were invited to KFC's flagship store in Mascot NSW to see how the company makes its chicken first-hand. We were shown every step of the process; from how meat is stored and prepared to the various ways KFC keeps its "secret" herbs and spices out of the hands of suppliers. Read on for a full kitchen tour.
"Does KFC home deliver?" "Does McDonald's home deliver?" "Do Subway home deliver?"
Admit it: you've probably asked yourself one of the above questions while lounging at home on a Saturday night. We all have. Sometimes you get a craving for a specific fast food but lack the energy/wherewithal/sobriety to get in your car and head to the drive-thru. The good news is that a lot of Australia's favourite fast food restaurants will deliver straight to your doorstep - they just don't heavily advertise it.
Last night, I was perusing KFC Australia's online menu for potential Takeaway Truths when I stumbled across something that frightened me. Under 'Menu For One', KFC lists a chicken bucket. It comprises 21 pieces of Original Recipe totalling 18,853 kilojoules. What the hell, KFC?
The recipe for KFC chicken used to be a closely guarded secret. However, a former KFC employee recently leaked the alleged "11 secret herbs and spices" to the world - and after extensive testing, the recipe checks out.
This video shows you how to make bona fide KFC chicken at home. (The good news is, you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard already.)
Once upon a time, Sizzler was everywhere. While nominally a steak-and-seafood restaurant, the chain was famous for two things: its all-you-can-eat buffet and the complimentary Parmesan bread that greeted you on arrival.
Sadly, Sizzler became a victim of the casual dining wars and there are now only a handful of outlets left in Australia. But don't despair: the recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home and it only takes a few minutes. Here are the steps!
The greasy sizzle of delicious meat on a grill is a staple of Aussie summer. But as everyone breaks out the barbecue grill, paper plates, and "Kiss the Cook" aprons, a debate older than charcoal briquettes rages in the minds of grillmasters everywhere, along with their hungry audience: Do you want a burger? Or a hot dog? ("Both" is certainly an option, but not for the purposes of this showdown.)
Vegetarian? I'm so sorry.
You can complain about it all you want, but it's a fact: some fast food is delicious. The US has become the holy land for delectable fast food and many famous franchises have yet to hit Australian shores. But recreating some of the most iconic American fast foods is easier than you'd think and it gets a whole lot better with fresher, tastier ingredients. Here's our seven ten favorite American fast food recipes that you can make at home.
The Cheese And Burger Society is a Wisconsin-based gourmet collective dedicated to US-style cheese burgers. Over the years, the society has hand-crafted 40 burgers that it considers the tastiest ever created: from the "Casanova" (Swiss cheese, beef patty, ham, sautéed mushrooms, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise on a potato roll) to the "Waldorf" (blue cheese, beef patty, toasted walnuts, dried tart cherries, curly endive, sliced red onions and mustard on a rustic Italian roll.)
Be warned -- if you currently have an empty stomach, the accompanying photos might make you homicidally "hangry".