Burger King Japan's latest meal is the new black
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The first Kuro, or black, burger had a signature black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Now Burger King Japan is going black on black.
The fast-food chain has added black cheese and deepened the color of the other ingredients in the special burger duo. They were added to menus last week. Burger King Japan wants people to try the burger and find it tasty, Marketing Manager Kana Ienega said.
WHAT'S IT MADE OF?
The Kuro Pearl is simple. It includes a black pepper beef patty covered with Chaliapin (onion and soy) sauce infused with squid ink. Its black cheese and buns are colored with bamboo charcoal. The Kuro Diamond is the same burger. But it's topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and mayonnaise.
HOW DOES IT TASTE?
Peppery. If you can get past the shocking color, it's not bad. The black pepper in the patty hits you at the first bite. The tangy sauce hints of squid ink. The Kuro Diamond is juicier. It has extra sauce and mayonnaise.
WHAT DO CUSTOMERS THINK?
Eating one in Tokyo, Kuah Kia Wei, a 14-year-old student from Malaysia, says, "I like it because it has a very interesting taste to it and it's nothing that I've tasted before."
Bernice Chua is a 25-year-old fashion designer and illustrator from Singapore. He says, "the best part is actually the sauce. It's not really about the buns because you don't really taste the bamboo charcoal inside, but I think the sauce really makes up for it."
Julien Tirode, a 37-year-old event planner from France, says, "I'm a little disappointed because to me, it has no special taste or anything."
WHERE CAN YOU GET IT?
The burgers only are available in Japan until November. The Kuro Pearl costs 480 yen ($4.39) and the Kuro Diamond for 690 yen ($6.31). It's not clear why black burgers are a hit in Japan. But the country favors quirky food and drink products. Those include square watermelons, green tea candy bars and ice cucumber Pepsi are commonly sold.
Critical thinking challenge: Why dont all customers have the same reaction to the black burger?