Japan loves seasonal foods and flavors, and though we’ve still got a number of days of summer left, stomachs are beginning to prepare for fall. Autumn is the favourite season of many foodies in Japan, when they appear forward to having fun with such seasonal treats as persimmons, chestnuts, and fried chicken sandwiches with fried eggs.
Sure, that last one isn’t seasonal within the sense of the others, since even Japan isn’t so magical a land that fried chicken sprouts from trees come the autumn. What does occur every year, though, is the autumn tradition of tsukimi, or moon-viewing, which is why KFC Japan is brining back its tsukimi sandwiches with fried eggs topping the fried chicken.
See, along with meaning “moon-viewing,” tsukimi can also be shorthand for “egg.” That use originated with noodles when someone noticed that dropping a raw egg right into a bowl of soba or udon caused it to spread right into a circular shape and cook in the new broth, ending up looking like a full moon. Recently, the tsukimi-means-egg concept has expanded to hamburgers and burger-like sandwiches, and while yow will discover tsukimi soba and udon at any time of yr, KFC Japan only brings out its tsukimi sandwiches around tsukimi season in the autumn.
When you want yours to taste as Japanese as possible, you’ll wish to go for the Torori Tsukimi Wafu Katsu Sandwich (“Melty Tsukimi Japanese-style Cutlet Sandwich”) pictured above, which stars a chicken cutlet drizzled with a teriyaki soy sauce topped with a fried egg and with a layer of shredded cabbage (the customary vegetable sidekick in a katsu meal).
Alternatively, there’s the Torori Tsukimi Chicken Filet Sandwich, which uses a more customary fried chicken-style breading than the panko encrusting the katsu sandwich gets, and in addition lettuce as a substitute of cabbage.
Each sandwiches are priced at 460 yen or 490 with cheese (cheese has no lunar linguistic or cultural connection in Japan – people similar to it). They went on sale August 31, with the nebulously unedified “for a limited time while supplies last” that’s so often a component of seasonal restaurant items in Japan, but with the complete moon coming on September 10 odds are they’ll be around no less than until then.
Source, images: PR Times
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