Plant-based just got extra

Published May 13, 2022, 6:00 PM

by Jules Vivas

This new plant-based chicken burger is just as good as the original, but without the meat

We are increasingly becoming health-conscious, especially with what we eat. The healthy food trend has been on the rise way before the pandemic. There’s Keto, low-carb, and the Mediterranean diet, to name a few, as well as the more popular veganism and plant-based diet.

Among the list, the last one is perhaps the most tolerable or lenient. Plant-based diet refers to the consumption of food that largely or solely consists of vegetables, grains, pulses, or other plant derivatives, rather than animal products. Not to be confused with veganism that strictly abstains from products drawn from animals.

Plant-based alternatives to meat have been proven by several studies to be healthier, and today one can even hardly tell the difference in terms of flavor.

As a self-proclaimed carnivore, averse to anything that tastes like cardboard, even if it’s for my own good, I’m not a fan of meat substitutes. Which was why I was pleasantly surprised when I recently tried the Plant-Based X-tra Long Chicken of Burger King. The sandwich is a good example of plant-based food that replicates very well the taste of meat. Now, I am more open to the idea of a plant-based diet.

When the fast food chain promised the same mouthwatering experience as its bestselling original X-tra Long Chicken I was skeptical. The burger, at least for me, is one of the few best tasting chicken sandwiches in the country. And I say this with confidence as I have tried many, but remember only a few.

Back on the topic, after the successful launch of the Plant-Based Whopperin 2020, Burger King Philippines extends its plant-based menu options by mirroring the iconic “Burger King taste” that patrons look for.

Flavor wise, the Plant-Based X-tra Long Chicken is completely identical to the normal variant. There’s a minor difference in the texture of the patty, but that’s more than forgivable. It’s not even an issue if you ask me.

The sandwich consists of a crispy six-inch plant-based patty developed by The Vegetarian Butcher, topped with fresh lettuce, creamy plant-based mayonnaise, on soft sesame seed buns.

The sandwich consists of a crispy six-inch plant-based patty developed by The Vegetarian Butcher, topped with fresh lettuce, creamy plant-based mayonnaise, on soft sesame seed buns.

As the burger brand explains, “it is crispy on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside to recreate the same experience, but in a way that loves the planet back.” True enough, the plant-based iteration is not far off the original.

“We are very proud to introduce the Plant-Based X-tra Long Chicken and expand our plant-based range with this new icon to our menu,” said Joey Dominguez, general manager of Burger King Philippines. “The introduction of the Plant-Based X-tra Long Chicken in the Philippines is a response to the demand from guests who are asking for a variety of plant-based options without compromising on taste. We are confident that Filipinos will love our follow-up to the Plant-Based Whopper.”

The Plant-Based X-tra Long Chicken is the brand’s treat for the growing population of Filipino eaters venturing into plant-based alternatives. With its partnership with The Vegetarian Butcher, it hopes to bring the plant-based chicken closer to meat lovers, flexitarians, and anyone who loves delectable burgers.

It’s currently available at all Burger King stores nationwide. Order via dine-in, take-out, or delivery (BK App, BKDelivery.com.ph, Messenger, #2-22-22, Grabfood, and Foodpanda).

 
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