Monday, 19 March 2012

McDonalds: Thailand - Bento rice box


It’s not all burgers and fries at McDonald’s Thailand, which we recently learned is selling a convenient deep-fried chicken lunch box (or, Karaage Bento, as we call it in Japan).
The lunch box is no more than pieces of deep-fried chicken covered in teriyaki sauce with a hearty serving of jasmine rice, so simple that we wouldn’t be surprised to find it sitting on the shelf of a convenience store.
This isn’t the first rice-based meal out of McDonald’s Thailand: one of the current promotional items is the mouth-watering McD Namtok Rice, which comes with the choice of beef, chicken or pork.
Your reporter had the chance to try a chicken & rice box for himself and the taste was mostly defined by the sweet teriyaki sauce, which had permeated into the fried batter to make it taste like some sort of deep-fried confection more than anything.
By contrast, the chicken was lean and I was able to eat the whole meal without feeling too weighed down afterwards.
I did however feel that the chicken would have gone much better with moister rice instead of the Thai jasmine, though that could just be my Japanese preference.
Overall, the chicken is delicious and it makes a good light meal for when you’re on the go, and affordable at only around 140 yen (US $1.79)! I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing the item come to McDonald’s Japan (with Japanese rice, of course).
Photos & Video: RocketNews24.

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