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Sunday, June 23, 2019

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KFC Chizza on Ba Hom Street--Saigon
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The Chizza was launched by KFC in the Philippines in 2015, then variations of it have been dished up in Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, with the last having onion and seaweed-embedded mozzarella, and no marinara sauce, on top of a piece of fried chicken. It's curious that Chizza has only been offered in Oriental countries.

Though Australia is right next to Asia, it's Chizza free, which leads one Aussie to tweet, "Oh great and mighty provider of the Colonel's Fried Goodness, please like the good people you are, provide Australia with this meal and we shall all be forever greatful!"

Another even set up an online petition, "If Australia misses out on this it will be a complete disaster. We as Australians deserve to be smashing this after huge night on the froffies."

Receptions of those who have actually eaten it have been mixed, with many critics trying to outdo each other in slamming the Chizza. Of the Singaporean version, Rahil Bhagat writes in cnet, "Each bite of the Chizza showed me regret does indeed have a taste."

In Singapore Style, Bryan Huang quotes a less than thrilled customer, "Take that image of the Chizza, stomp on it, throw it against the wall, drag it through mud, that’s what’s in the box."

Megan Pan in radiichina.com, "Chizza looked remarkably like a piece of day-old chicken violently splattered with fresh vomit, the kind where your lunch hasn’t totally been digested and is only half-souped-up with stomach acids and liquid breakfast. Maybe KFC should’ve changed its tagline from 'Chizza, here to overthrow' to 'Chizza, here to make you throw up' (though it wouldn’t work in the original Chinese)." She did decide, though, that it tasted much better than it looked.

Well, I tried the Chizza today and liked it, quite a bit, but then I also like dog, cat, tiny snails, poutine, jellied eel, frozen salisbury steak, Spam and, well, just about everything.



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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I lived mostly in the US from 1975 until 2018, but have returned to Vietnam, where I live in remote Ea Kly. I've also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), a novel, Love Like Hate (2010), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), and six collections of poems, with a Collected Poems apparently cancelled by Chax Press from external pressure. I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). My writing has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in Tokyo, London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.