The world’s largest restaurant chain McDonald’s will open its first eatery in Vietnam after Tet (Vietnam’s lunar New Year), complete with 24-hour drive-thru service.
Travel and food service provider Good Day Hospitality Company, representative of the chain in Vietnam, announced on Friday that the restaurant will be situated at 2-6bis Dien Bien Phu Street, District 1, downtown Ho Chi Minh City.
The restaurant is expected to be Vietnam's first drive-thru eatery.
Nguyen Huy Thinh, managing director of McDonald’s Vietnam, said their targeted customers ranged from kids to night workers.
McDonald’s coming to Vietnam metro next year
He said 80-90 percent of ingredients will be imported to guarantee the foods’ quality and safety.
That will fall on January 31 next year.
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US chain BURGER King wants people to feel less guilty about gobbling up its french fries.
The world's No 2 hamburger chain is launching a new crinkle-cut french fry on Tuesday that it says has about 20 per cent fewer calories than its regular fries.
The chain says a small order of the new "Satisfries'' clocks in at 270 calories because of a new batter that doesn't absorb as much oil. By comparison, a small order of its regular fries, sans crinkles, has 340 calories.
The concept of taking an indulgent food and removing some of the guilt isn't new, of course. Supermarkets are filled with baked Lay's potato chips, 100-calorie packs of Oreos and other less fattening versions of popular treats. Such creations play on people's inability to give up their food vices, even as they struggle to eat better. The idea is to create something that skimps on calories, but not on taste.
Burger King executives say people won't be able to tell that Satisfries are lower in calories. It says they use exactly the same ingredients as its regular fries - potatoes, oil and batter. To keep kitchen operations simple, they're even made in the same fryers and cooked for the same amount of time as regular fries.
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The folks at KFC Japan have recently announced they will be offering a deep-fried soup product this month.
According to RocketNews24, one of the current items that sits as a “common fixture in Japanese cafes” is a creamy soup corn potage. The result apparently includes KFC launching a deep-fried corn potage fritter, describing their process in a frighteningly nonchalant manner, “We bread the corn potage and cook it to a crisp.”
The deep fried soup will be available for a limited time only at KFC locations across Japan starting September 5th.
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McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) plans to introduce bone-in chicken wings across the U.S. next month as Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson revamps the restaurant chain’s domestic menu.
The Big Mac seller will start the Mighty Wings rollout Sept. 9, have the items in all U.S. stores by Sept. 24 and keep them on sale through November, Ofelia Casillas, a McDonald’s spokeswoman, said in an e-mail today. The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company tested the wings in Atlanta and Chicago.
Thompson, who became CEO in July 2012, has been overhauling McDonald’s menu to boost sales in its home market, where it has about 14,100 locations. While the chain recently removed Angus third-pounder burgers from its bill of fare, it also has added egg-white breakfast sandwiches and chicken McWraps. Competitors including Popeyes, owned by AFC Enterprises Inc. (AFCE), and Wendy’s Co. also have introduced new chicken items this year.
“They’re being more innovative, and they’re being more aggressive with the changes on their menu,” Peter Saleh, an analyst at New York-based Telsey Advisory Group, said in an interview. “This is good news because it’s in conjunction with the football season.”
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Based in the Bay Area, the startup has a simple menu – one dish for vegetarians and one for meat eaters, both priced at USD 6. The company gets its food from local organic, free-range and growth hormone-free sources such as San Francisco’s Greenleaf grocers, and uses gourmet recipes that are switched each day dependent on the ingredients available. Due to this flexibility, customers can expect their food to be delivered to their door within ten minutes, with a text sent to let them know when the driver will be outside.
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The model stars in an upcoming commercial for the burger chain's Cranberry Apple Walnut Grilled Chicken Salad.
Salad? What salad?
Jenny McCarthy is the latest bombshell to lend her talents to an advertisement for burger chain Carl's Jr.
But the "Love in the Wild" host, 40, isn't slinging patties. In the commercial, which hits the air in late June, McCarthy is chowing down on a cranberry apple walnut grilled chicken salad.
‘Each bite is scrumptious and a little nutty. Reminds me of a few exes I've dated,’ McCarthy said.
"I'm excited to be the new Carl's Jr. salad babe," McCarthy told Us Weekly. "I'm loving all the ingredients in their new salad. Each bite is scrumptious and a little nutty.
The ad is titled "Forget You're Eating Salad," a mission that the curvy McCarthy is likely to help with.
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Right as Dunkin’ Donuts launches their glazed donut breakfast sandwich nationwide, Jack in the Box is getting in on the trend (a little late, as usual. Remember their belated bacon shake last summer?).
A press release announces that starting today, Jack in the Box is debuting four new products nationwide, including an iced coffee, loaded chili cheese wedges, and a "Big Stack" of beef patties, cheese, pickle, onion rings, and mayo on sourdough bread.
The most notable, however, has to be the Big Waffle Stack, which is basically a breakfast egg sandwich on two waffles. Adventurous mashup-lovers can top their "lightly sweetened, toasted maple waffles" with "two eggs, country-grilled sausage, ham, American cheese, and hickory-smoked bacon."
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From the people who brought you beer milkshakes comes a new line of beer cocktails. Because summer . . . and because beer. Appealing to America’s nostalgia for canned booze and offering an innovative twist on your average bar fare, Red Robin rolls out with two new “Can-Crafted Cocktails.”
The beverages are served in reusable beer cans made of aluminum and have the look and feel of an ice-cold can. The Coors Light Cocktail features a mix of Coors Light, ginger liqueur and lemonade topped off with a squeezed lemon, while the Blue Moon Cocktail features Blue Moon Belgian White, SVEDKA Clementine vodka, orange juice and lime juice.
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As we discovered last week in Italy, the company likes to to localise its menu. Can global chains 'do' regional specialties?
Local, regional and artisan: these words have all become a part of our modern culinary vocabulary. They are choices that are made for a number of reasons – belief in authenticity, and the feelgood factor of supporting a local producer. And eating a regional specialty means taking part in the local culture.
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Even as fast-food chains tout their healthy offerings, they're also coming up with fatty new treats to keep customers interested. Case in point: Dunkin' Donuts is adding a doughnut breakfast sandwich to its national menu next week.
The sandwich, which comes with fried eggs and bacon between a split glazed doughnut, will become a part of the permanent menu starting June 7, which the chain claims is "National Donut Day." Dunkin' Donuts had tested the sandwich in select stores in eastern Massachusetts in April, creating considerable buzz online.
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