KFC… still worth it?

Everytime I eat at KFC, I wish I had gone somewhere else. Then after few days, I crave for that zinger again and regret eating it afterwards. And so goes the cycle.

Why has KFC degraded so much? Is it worth going anymore when you have so many other options? Do they still have something good, something worth eating there?

49 Comments so far

  1. Mona (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

    Gosh, is it that bad?? Read about Pizza Hut on KMB too!! Damn! I was looking forward to eating all the Halal food there… Pizza Hut’s Chicken Tikka Flavoured Pizza was yummm… Really, is it NOT edible? or rather THAT BAD?


  2. food_lover (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 4:13 pm

    Agree with you umar. Food quality has lately been dipping at KFC. Was at boating basin recently and with so many choices i thought about entering a place called CHICKEN KING!!

    Well to tell the truth i was NOT disappointed. Its apparently a malaysian chain but there burger (similar to zinger) was delicious as was there FISH. Highly Recommended (as an alternate to KFC)


  3. Kashif (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

    @Mona: Go for Pizza Next – it’s better than Pizza Hut


  4. yo yo (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

    After all its JUNK FOOD…when the first hangover is over you get bored quickly. And above
    all we pay an arm and leg for junk food in karachi as compared to other majority restaurants.


  5. Sufi (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

    Umar: Kfc is tricky food in Karachi, infact everywhere else as well except middle east/saudia. All of my niggers liked kfc, so we came up with a lot of mechanisms of getting the freshest food.

    1. Wait for them to finish the food in the shelf that they have, and as soon as they are about to be finished, then go & order. And hopefully you will get off the fresh lot.
    2. For the Zinger burger, try making it customized, as in tell them to put less or more green leaves, or double cheese and also tell em that you will only take a fresh burger not the one in the shelf already.
    3. If by any chance you are not satisfied with your food, take it to the counter and either get it refunded or replaced.

    Mona, Pizza hut is still aite, and I will disagree with Kashif here. Pizza Next is a wannabee Pizza Hut, and I only goto Pizza Next when I cannot goto Pizza hut for monetary reasons.


  6. Mona (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

    Thanks for the advice guys! I surely will try both =) and let you’s know what I thought of em… as well as re quality as I would be trying it after 5 years, Insha Allah… Woohoo.. can’t wait to be there ;)


  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 7:32 pm

    I thnk fast food has become a status symbol in our society. People here are obsessed with junk food. Maybe we are going to become a desi ‘Fast food nation’

    BTW, did anyone read ‘FAST FOOD NATION’ Eric Schlosser?.


  8. Faisal (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 7:52 pm

    @Sufi…
    ‘All of my niggers liked kfc’

    Niggers?? I sort of see where you are trying to go with this but still…..! Talk about wannabe!

    @Food_lover

    “but there burger (similar to zinger) was delicious as was there FISH.”

    I humbly put forth that even though I understood the intent of your sentence, the correct spelling of the word you intended to write is “their” and not “there”.


  9. untamed-desires (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

    Once you come from abroad, KFC and Pizza Hut sound yummy and taste just as good as u want them too!! so Mona, u can come and eat both and love them…..ever since i came back iv heard bad reviews abt almost every place including Eaton, Kaybees, the nihari place i loved (S.A. Ghaffar@DMCHS) and more…fact is, i went ahead and checked them all out and found everything just heavenly! maybe the regulars can know the quality problem but im sooooo happy :D and yes, do please definitely go to Bundoo Khan!!! it was the best place to go to with the tikkas and crispy parathas and tangy chutney eeks i need my dinner now :S


  10. Yahya (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 8:26 pm

    Faisal, you online thesaurus and spell checker combined. There (purposefully done so you can remain engaged) spellings are better than the British. I can say with certainty (is this spelled ok?). There for one is often used as it is. People are just fed up of using different spellings for same sounding words…but then none of them went to the same school as you did so you may have a different opinion (is the grammer correct here?).


  11. Mona (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 8:30 pm

    @Untamed-Desires

    Yeah I know what you mean, as its sometimes a hassle not being able to eat due to food mainly being non-halal here.

    Yeah sure will try Tikkas, but not too sure about the chutney ;). I would love to try Nihari, but will see how my health goes there. =)

    Thanks for the advice, having nice food after ages is going to be the best :).


  12. KhitoMiss (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 8:37 pm

    Its all apnay log who tries hard to pull your leg on english nobody cares about grammer here in canada as long as they understand what u say.


  13. Faisal (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 9:21 pm

    Whether it was done “PURPOSEFULLY” OR purposely,
    the correct spelling is “grammar” and not “grammer”.

    “Its all apnay log who tries hard to pull your leg on english nobody cares about grammer here in canada as long as they understand what u say”

    No one cares? Just because no one cares does not give you a free pass to continue sounding illiterate. But, if you wish to continue doing so, all the more power to you.

    @Yahya,

    “done so you can remain engaged”

    Remain engaged? I feel that more or less, I’ve been rather polite when pointing out the mistakes and there have been some who have appreciated it.
    Ohter than that, I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with someone who is unarmed.


  14. Yahya (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 9:21 pm

    @Mona: Talking of halal keep in mind some of them mince horses, donkeys, dogs, dead animals and what not.


  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

    Correcting someone’s mistakes[e.g english language here] is infinite times better than cursing a community[e.g: Mullahs here] to demonstrate high quality illetracy and mental illness.

    Don’t worry faisal, you,orignal and that female version[Zahra] are good permanent add-ons for this community.


  16. Faisal (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 10:29 pm

    Zahra…..yes, that’s her name. I was trying to remember her but did not have the time to look through the whole blog. I honestly feel that many of Zahra’s comments regarding English (especially on one of Unaiza’s posts)came across as being rather rude.

    While I don’t claim to be a saint, I’ve tried my level best not to sound insulting in pointing out the occasional flaw. But, being a human being, I admit that I may have erred here or there in that attempt.


  17. Sufi (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 2:43 am

    Faisal, buddy you don’t know me enough to call me a wannabee you know. Just take it easy bros.

    Adnan, fast food as a status symbol? Well not anymore I guess, if you had said that 2-3 years back, would have made sense, I know a lot of people who are now drifting away from fast food. As for people being addicted to Junk food, yaar people are addicted with food here in Karachi, kisi bhi kism ki ho. Its all about food here.

    Untamed, I totally agree with you. If people have one bad experience, they will say that the quality is going down. And I think Kfc/McDonalds taste better in Pakistan than most of the foreign places that I have been to. Probably because its an expensive food in Pakistan and they take good care in preparing them. But I wonder even after all those exorbitant prices, ye log kanjoosi kartay hain in giving sauces, drink refills, napkins ?? lol

    khitomiss, you are right. Its almost like your own people label you FOBs and no one else cares about the fact that you just arrived in a foreign nation. Who gives a damn to them anyways.

    Yahya sahab, some of those minced horses, donkeys, dogs etc.. mere bhai, try going to better places. Your comment almost offended me. But then I realized that you must have had some experiences of either selling or eating such stuff. My friend, do you know how much a horse or a donkey costs? And how many of them die everyday?


  18. Mona (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 3:44 am

    lol, I’d be going to selective places, so don’t think need to worry that much :$.


  19. Yahya (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 3:55 am

    I am sure selective places will tell you if horse is on the menu – so to speak. :)

    Anyways, don’t worry go ahead everyone is eating the same thing…and please don’t remeber about the horse while eating. I am sure you wont. :)


  20. Yahya (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 3:57 am

    PS: Am I nasty or what? :)


  21. Mona (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 4:44 am

    Nah I won’t :P haha… I didn’t take it seriously ;)… but hey I have heard something similar before :P


  22. ash (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 7:43 am

    Just to add my two cents
    Faisal good job. You are actually pretty polite and accurate with your corrections, I dont think Yahya was being rude to you either though.
    Sufi please dont use the n. word. It will get you killed one of these days and its very rude. Even when african americans use it to descibe themselves its pathetic and derogatory to a whole community.
    Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer across the world. But South asians suffer from heart attacks earlier than anyone else thanks to our pathetic diet. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise in pakistan/karachi thanks to our unhealthy and stupid food choices. Please eat this crap in moderation, its poison.


  23. llama (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 9:48 am

    umar, here’s a tip: try ordering through the delivery service of KFC. Somehow i always end up having a bad experience when i go to the restaurant itself. I had the misfortune of being stranded near gulistan-e-jauhar recently on a sunday afternoon and i had to grab a zinger from the Millenium Mall KFC—it was the most disgusting experience. But when i ordered home delivery, everything seemed great.

    Sometimes its partly psychological as the environment can totally turn one off.


  24. mansoor (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 10:22 am

    KFC does suck.. and sucks big time!!!!

    yet.. the allure of the zinger…… mmmmmmmmm

    keeps me going back too :P


  25. Sufi (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 10:41 am

    Ash, it might get me killed in a ghetto in Bronx but not in Karachi where most of the people might mistake it for naykur (a word used for boxer shorts) :D


  26. Aussi_Paki (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 11:00 am

    Nice tips guys! I want to try Nihari. But I am very afraid of the tummy aches you get afterwards!! =/. Yahya, haven’t heard of that sort of minced meat!? Does it really happen in Karachi? Sounds gross to me.


  27. K G (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 11:13 am

    Guyz when the last time i was in pak i ate whatever i want from everywhere and still i was ok and let me tell you i went there after 7 yrs..so my point is desi chae jahan be rahae desi rehta hae so just leave all this nakhras like what if i get sick or@#$%^^.hum pakistani to patahr kha ker bhi zinda reh sakte hae yeh to phir food hae.
    smile plzzz :)


  28. Sufi (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 11:34 am

    K G, thats the spirit boy.


  29. Faisal (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

    K.G,

    I envy you and only wish I had your cast-iron stomach. I go back to Pakistan about twice a year and yet this past june ended up at the AKUH for a whole week with gastroentitis and choelra.

    Would love to be able to eat whatever and whereever. Ahhh, one can at least dream.


  30. K G (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

    @ sufi
    oh boy, iam a gal ;)

    @faisal
    hmm i feel pitty for u,u know try going back like after 5 yrz ..may b this wud work for ya.btw any corrections for grammar or spellings.??
    smile plz:)


  31. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

    Faisal, if you have spent your most of life in drinking mineral water then yes it’s tough task for you:>

    @KG: I also had impression that you were a boy. sorry! :)


  32. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

    Well, I went to Pakistan just after 1 year of moving here (that was 5 years back) and I got sick with frequent tummy aches! And it sucked big time! This time I am going to stick to mineral water only. I don’t know what is going to happen. KG, I really am concerned!


  33. Yahya (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

    @Aussi_Paki:

    “Yahya, haven’t heard of that sort of minced meat!? Does it really happen in Karachi? Sounds gross to me.”

    I think everyone in Karachi knows about it. Lack of regulation enforcement, corruption, poverty etc will do that. But then we tend to ignore these things and try to get by.

    When you are living there you are used to it but not once you have moved abroad (I can see a fight coming here – but this is the fact).


  34. Yahya (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

    @Sufi Sahib:

    A friend of mine used to be a chef at a five start hotel. H****n no less if you must know. Do you consider it a better place?

    He used to say “Don’t ask what we do over there”. He cited one incident. Lunch time was almost over so they threw away some roast chicken in koora drum. Incidentally some customers came and asked for chicken roast. So the kitchen staff picked up the same chicken washed it, put it in oven until it was all warm and served. I guess the washing and oven must have killed the germs in this case but not all food can be washed and put in oven before “re-serving”.


  35. naved (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 7:06 pm

    wow yaar…im gonna start hatin kfc


  36. K G (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

    Aussi pk ,well if u r going there just be positive and dont think about anything bad..U know last time i landed there and reached home at 7am,then ate halwa puri,with a cup of apni desi tea with regular milk,then at 10 am went gulf shoppping mall as i was dying to visit those places ,since we dont get a chance of bargaining here ;)..and then i ate pani puri and chola chaat..yummy ..well if u have a sensitive stomach then make sure to drink plenty of mineral water(btw i sware i didnt even cared about that too :)MASHALLAH


  37. Yahya (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 8:39 pm

    “Aussi pk ,well if u r going there just be positive and dont think about anything bad..”

    …until you actually get sick. :)

    Just kidding….


  38. Original-Aonon (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

    @Sufi : Did you actually write ‘my niggers’? Do you realize how rude and bigoted that is? I am really sorry to read this.
    For all those who say it does not matter how you spell or if your grammar is correct; it really does matter. It is not just a question of being a pedant, sometimes the whole meaning can be changed. For instance, I was quite surprised to read that Umar had a ‘fianc√©’ and for a while I wondered if Umar was engaged to another man!
    Anyway, why bother using a language if you can’t use it well and get so offended if someone offers corrections?
    We communicate by semaphore
    No language, we got flags
    (lyrics from the ‘Secret Machines’)
    And Adnan, thanks for the support although I agree with Faisal, Zahra was just rude, she made fun of Unaiza rather than offer corrections.
    Happy thanksgiving everyone.


  39. Faisal (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 10:40 pm

    Thank you so very much, Original-Anon.
    I could not have said it better myself.

    Hope you are having a great long weekend.


  40. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 11:06 pm

    Thanks KG and Yahya. Wow KG your visit does seem very adventurous! Wow day one you visit Gulf Way – now that is something insane. I’d be so tired from jet lag to do much. InshAllah I would be in Karachi in the next few days.

    The few things on my agenda are
    – buy a SIM,
    – buy Pakola,
    – get internet access (however slow, I would hate to lose touch with the world :p – I know tech savvy!),
    – then eat Bhindi and Arvi I have asked my grandma to make for me, along with Biryani. I love veges in Pakistan, they seem to have better taste and so does chicken…Woooohoooo!

    Though I am worried about the reverse culture shock I may get as I haven’t been back for 5 years – things must have changed and not to forget I have changed!

    You are right about the bargaining bit! I am going to try it out. I hope it is fun. Though I have been told, those shopkeepers really pick it fast from your body language that you do not live there. Weird eh?


  41. Yahya (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 11:08 pm

    @AUSSI_PAKI:

    Don’t forget to take your camera and please tell us about your experiences afterwards.


  42. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

    P.S. Guys any cheap broadband deals in Karachi? I only want to rent the ADSL modem for 2 months and have access for as much time. If a deal can be struck somewhere, please let me know! :) Dial up is going to suck biggg time!!


  43. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 11:16 pm

    Sure Yahya. I am taking my camera along. I may register on some site and put up the general photos I take =D!


  44. ash (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 5:47 am

    hey sufi, naykur or even naukar is still better than the n. word. But why call your friends either one of those? :) Why not just call them your cheetahs? much more flattering.


  45. Yahya (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 6:24 am

    “most of the people might mistake it for naykur (a word used for boxer shorts) :D”

    This may get you killed in banuri town. :) Don’t ask me why.


  46. Raheel (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 9:16 pm

    Desi Zingers are so much better and they cost even half than the original KFC ones which are not that tasty.


  47. Uzair (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

    KFC……..
    I would recommend the Chicken King at Boat Basin. Its far better and tastier than KFC and their fish and Chicken Roast is the BEST.

    Must try


  48. Uzair (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

    KFC……..
    I would recommend the Chicken King at Boat Basin. Its far better and tastier than KFC and their fish and Chicken Roast is the BEST.

    Must try


  49. Uzair (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

    KFC……..
    I would recommend the Chicken King at Boat Basin. Its far better and tastier than KFC and their fish and Chicken Roast is the BEST.

    Must try



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