[UPDATE 11/19 – I’ve contacted Yum, Inc., with a request for an interview – or just a paragraph – that might illuminate why the hexagon was reduced to a pentagon. I’ll update if and when I receive a response.]
This is a very rapid follow-up to my earlier post reviewing KFC China’s newly introduced Tender Beef Pentagon. Thanks to a very generous tip (via comment) from Nanjing’Ed, the origins of this mysterious Pentagon are now revealed. It is, in fact, little more than a Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme … minus an edge.
Below, and to the left: a six-sided Crunchwrap Supreme (photo from Taco Bell, via Fast Food News). To the right: the Tender Beef Pentagon (photo from lunch).
You can read my, er, review of the Tender Beef Pentagon here, as well as a description of the interior (and exclusive Shanghai Scrap photos of said interior). For now, suffice it to say that – minus the cheese – the Tender Beef Pentagon is basically identical to a Crunchwrap (including the – until now – inexplicable tostada in the middle).
A couple of final thoughts:
1. What possible reason could there be for eliminating one edge from the Crunchwrap? Americans deserve hexagons and Chinese only get pentagons? The nerve. Seriously, though: I’d really love to know the reasoning behind reducing this item by an edge, and I’m willing to buy a real Mexican meal for the first person who can provide a reason, and proof (via comment section or contact form).
2. KFC is trying to pass off warmed-over Mexican food as Sichuan cuisine. Perilous strategy, if you ask me.