KFC Hong Kong launches meat-free chicken nuggets and burgers

  • The fried chicken company unveiled two plant-based menu items on Monday
  • The products are not vegan, as they are said to be cooked in the same oil as other food
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The new meatless KFC burger means you can get the secret herbs and spices and still observe Meatfree Monday.

No longer is KFC’s “finger-lickin’ goodness” only for carnivores. While last year, US stores offered Beyond Fried Chicken, Hong Kong branches of the fried chicken expert have started to sell two plant-based products to give those on a meat-free diet access to the secret herbs and spices.

KFC Hong Kong has unveiled New Era Nuggets (five pieces for HK$29; HK$39 for a combo with fries and soft drink) and the New Era Burger (HK$49; HK$59 for the meal), menu items that incorporate the Gardein brand plant-based meat.

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The protein is made of soy and pea protein, and a mix of grains, and is free of cholesterol, saturated fat and synthetic hormones.

The nuggets are served with barbecue sauce, while the burger comes in a bun with lettuce, tomato and tortilla chips, but also cheese and a creamy dressing, meaning it’s not vegan. It has also been reported that the products are fried in the same oil as other KFC products, meaning they’re not suitable for anyone who follows a diet that strictly forbids animal products.

However, they are still a good option if you are looking to cut down your animal protein.

The items are available from 19 branches across the city.

And because the launch is in association with baseball cap brand New Era, there’s also a special-edition snapback available featuring a green take on the chicken brand’s striped bucket, and the KFC king, Colonel Sanders.