First KFC Restaurant in Japan
On November 21st, Japan transforms into a haven for fried chicken enthusiasts as the nation joyfully observes Fried Chicken Day. This culinary celebration traces its roots back to 1970 when the inaugural Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant opened its doors in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. At the time, American-style fried chicken was a novelty to the Japanese palate, which was already familiar with its own crispy delight known as "karaage."
Distinguishing itself from karaage, the American counterpart is seasoned after coating and utilizes flour or beer batter for that extra crunch. Over the years, the unfamiliar became beloved, and KFC Japan officially marked November 21st as 'Fried Chicken Day' in 2015, solidifying its place in the culinary calendar.
To mark the occasion in 2016, KFC unleashed a culinary delight – the '9-piece Barrel,' featuring all parts of the chicken. This offering sent waves of excitement across the nation, cementing Fried Chicken Day as a date eagerly anticipated by fried chicken aficionados.
Timeless Duo of Fried Chicken and Beer
What better way to revel in the crispy goodness of fried chicken than by pairing it with the perfect beverage? Enter the timeless duo of fried chicken and beer, a combination that transcends cultures. The greasy, savory notes of fried chicken find a delightful counterpart in the cold, refreshing embrace of a well-chilled beer.
One standout choice for this dynamic pairing is the Hitachino Yuzu Lager. This craft beer boasts a fruity, citrus-forward profile with a tantalizing bitter edge, elevating the entire fried chicken experience. The refreshing tartness of yuzu, combined with the crispness of a lager, creates a symphony of flavors that dance on your taste buds.
What makes Hitachino Yuzu Lager an even more appealing choice is its moderate alcohol content of 5.5%. This allows enthusiasts to savor larger gulps, allowing the carbonation to work its magic. The beer's powerful ability to cool and refresh complements the slightly greasy and salty nature of fried chicken, making every bite a culinary delight. Indulge in the joyous celebration of Fried Chicken Day with a tantalizing combination of crispy goodness and the refreshing zing of Hitachino Yuzu Lager!