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Lawson's corn pottage Kara-age Kun chicken is a cup of deep-fried nostalgia

by Patrick St. Michel

Contributing Writer

Reiwa might be drawing near, but there’s still a bit of juice left in the Heisei Era (1989-2019) for brands to squeeze out in order to sell some goods.

Lawson is leading this last gasp by reviving an old version of their signature Kara-age Kun line of fried chicken. The chain has brought back flavors that were available back near the start of the era, and they come packaged in a throwback container, too. The limited-edition snacks (¥216 with tax) start with the currently available corn pottage variety, to be followed by a seaweed and salt version (¥268 with tax) arriving April 23.

Let’s focus on the corn potage chicken for now then. Some Heisei specials have been big misses — Koikeya’s retro seaweed and salt chips being particularly bad — but this is the type of deep-fried nostalgia that’s easy to get behind. The corn taste is subtle and works well with the warm chicken — everything is in balance. It’s a nice, tasty way to say farewell to Heisei.

In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.
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