To the delight of locals and tourists to Sikkim, American fast food chain KFC has now opened an outlet in the heart of Gangtok, at Vajra near the busy MG Marg market. This is the fast food chain’s first outlet in the northeastern state of Sikkim.

Sikkim’s first KFC outlet saw unprecedented rush on its first day of operations on Wednesday, when hungry and very interested customers did not mind waiting in long queues for over two hours to get their finger-lickin’ orders.

After this new addition, there are now a total of 20 KFC outlets in Northeast India, of which two are in Arunachal Pradesh, ten are in Assam, one in Manipur, two in Meghalaya, two in Mizoram and two in Nagaland.

KFC is the world’s second largest restaurant chain after Mcdonald’s with over 22,000 outlets across 150 countries. It is noteworthy to mention that there is no Mcdonald’s outlet in the entire Northeastern region of India.

Interesting facts about this fast food chain:

First outlet of KFC

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) chain’s first outlet opened in 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This happened after Colonel Sanders met a restaurant owner Peter Harman over a food seminar.

The name ‘KFC’

The fast food chain got its name KFC in 1991 after its previous name Kentucky Fried Chicken started giving people the notion that the food served there was “fried”, hence unhealthy. This was admitted by Kyle Craig, president of KFC, US.

The bucket meal

The famous KFC bucket meal wasn’t on the food chain menus and single pieces of fried chicken were sold. This was later introduced including several pieces of chicken, bread rolls, and gravy. Although the meal was started in 1939, it didn’t sell until 1957.

Kids Fattening Centre

KFC was sometimes referred to as the Kids Fattening Chicken in the past, after which the company had to switch to healthier oils.

Also read: Watch: 6-year old boy’s reaction to his chicken being taken for slaughter

Pan-fried and pressure cooked chicken

It is said that Colonel Sanders actually was not a fan of deep-fried chicken and liked to pan fry it instead. With a rise in popularity of pressure cookers in the market, Sanders too liked to cook his chicken in a cooker as it resembled the taste of pan-fried chicken.

$2 billion deal

Colonel Sanders sold his brand to investors in 1964, on condition that he would get a place on the board of KFC.

KFC Crocs

Yes, KFC Crocs are a thing and have two different versions. One which resembles a classic clog and the other with a fried chicken print at the top and guess which celebrity has a pair? Kim Kardashian!

Also read: Your next KFC chicken nugget could be 3D printed

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