Apparently PETA has somehow managed to strong arm KFC Canada into adding a “Classic Vegetarian Sandwich” to their menu. I don’t really understand how PETA is in any sort of position to convince a multi-national like KFC to do something like this, but that’s beside the point. You can read PETA’s press release (including a buy-one-get-one-free coupon) here.
Being the early adoptor that I am, I just had to try one.
I’m not sure what to say…
It contains most – but not quite all – of the greasy goodness that I’ve been missing out on over the past 8 years or so. The taste and texture seems fairly authentic. I say fairly authentic because it reminds me more of generic frozen chicken burgers you’d buy at a supermarket, then the greasier, crispier type of burger you typically get at KFC. In fact, I’m almost certain KFC is using Schneiders: Meatless Chick’ n Burgers (which might explain why they’re only available in Canada). It would have been nice if KFC had given it a more KFC-like treatment.
Other than that, the “classic sandwich” itself – meatless or not – mighty disappointing, with only mayo and lettuce as toppings. Next time I’m going to order it “gourmet-style” with tomatoes and cheese.
The sandwich is pretty tasty. If you’re going to be heading to a KFC, I highly recommend it to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. With meatless alternatives like this there’s really no need to slaughter cute little innocent chickens for something that barely passes as a meal in the first place.