Fast Food Watch: Plant-Based Burger King’s, McDonald’s Gulai Fried Chicken, and KFC Vintage Set


It’s no secret that we love fast food here in Indonesia which, unsurprisingly, makes the market very competitive. Of course, every fast food brand has their own take on crispy fried chicken and burgers, but they have to anticipate innovations. For that, Coconut Jakarta will guide you through some of the latest unique fast food offerings in Indonesia:

Burger King Herbal Whoppers

“Serupa Tapi Tak Sama / Spot The Difference!” From Burger King Indonesia package, which consists of a herbal and a standard Whopper Jr. each. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

The day has finally arrived for vegans and vegetarians to enjoy the Whopper with their carnivorous buddies. Burger King Indonesia recently rolled out the plant-based Whopper, which they developed in collaboration with Unilever Food Solutions. The Plant Based Whopper Patty is made with ‘sustainable soy, wheat, vegetable oil and spices’, and don’t worry about vegans, you can always choose not to consume mayonnaise. ⁠— which contains egg yolk powder.

You can choose between the full-size plant-based Whopper or the Whopper Jr. is typically found in soy-based “meat”.

The Herbal Whopper is currently only available in Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi), but it will soon be launched nationwide. As seen on our trusted food delivery app, an a la carte Herbal Whopper costs IDR 55,000, while the Jr Whopper costs IDR 32,000. If you’re up for a comparison game, buy the “Serupa Tapi Tak Sama / Spot The Difference!” a pack of one herbal Whopper Jr. and one Whopper Jr. each, which will set you back IDR 67,500.

KFC Limited Nostalgia Combo

Feel nostalgic? Let’s step back in time with the classic KFC combo, featuring the franchise’s original (OR) chicken, bun, corn on the cob, with coleslaw and mashed potatoes and gravy as sides. The set menu, which reminds us of a classic Southern-style fried chicken dinner, will set you back IDR 45,455 before tax. The only catch with this deal is that you can only enjoy the classic combo at KFC Classic Store in Taman Melawai, South Jakarta.

In 2019, the Classic Combo was also available for a limited time at KFC’s MT Haryono store in Tebet, South Jakarta.

McDonald’s Gulai Fried Chicken

Ayam Gulai McD with rice.  Photo: Nadia Vetta
Ayam Gulai McD with rice. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

Have you ever thought about eating McDonald’s Fried Chicken with Gulai (spicy coconut milk curry)? It certainly never crossed our minds until the arrival of Ayam Gulai McD, which has been offered as part of the Ramadan menu since mid-April. It will probably be on the menu for a few more weeks after Eid.

We recently ordered the Panas 2 Ayam Spicy Gulai McD (IDR 54,500) through a food delivery app, and were quite surprised with the taste. Upon arrival, the two pieces of fried chicken appeared to have been dipped in gulai sauce. ⁠— hence the temper ⁠— while the rice was packed separately in the paper bag as usual.

While gulai was quite common, we felt Eid came early as it closely resembled a salty opor ayam (chicken in thick coconut milk curry), which is a staple of Hari Raya in Indonesia. Because McDonald’s Spicy Fried Chicken is good, spicy, the gulai actually toned down the spiciness a bit. ⁠— although we should remind you that this sauce can be very salty to unsuspecting tongues.

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