How do you improve a classic? By literally spicing it up, of course.

FamilyMart’s Famichiki might be the definitive Japanese konbini (convenience store) snack, a boneless piece of fried chicken known for its addictive crunch and juiciness. The chain has occasionally rolled out limited-edition variants on the hot treat, and for winter 2021 it has introduced a mala-spiced snack. This Sichuan-inspired take blends gochujang together with Sichuan peppercorn and chili pepper to give each piece (¥198 after tax) a reddish exterior.

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