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COMING SOON: Asia’s favourite fried chicken restaurant is opening in Manchester

KFC is going to have some serious competition…

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Popular Filipino fast food restaurant Jollibee will soon be arriving here in Manchester, and it will change the way you eat fried chicken forever.

First established in the Philippines in 1978, Jollibee quickly became one of the most beloved fried chicken spots in the whole of Asia, with it now boasting restaurants in 1,400 locations across Asia, Europe, the US and, more recently, here in the UK.

And now, after months of rumours, it has been confirmed that Jollibee will be opening its first ever restaurant here in Manchester – down Market Street (where the old Carphone Warehouse once stood), to be precise.

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@jollibeeuk / Instagram

It is well known among die-hard Jollibee fans that a menu highlight is the ‘Chickenjoy Fried Chicken’, their signature fried chicken recipe that is said to give the Colonel a run for his money.

Other menu highlights include chicken tenders, wraps, and chicken buckets, plus a fried chicken rice bowl topped with rainbow slaw and Asian ginger chilli sauce, sriracha chicken loaded fries, and a variety of fries and rice.

There will also be a number of tasty fried chicken burgers up for grabs, including a tropical chicken burger packed with a crispy fried chicken breast, pineapple, cheese, lettuce and Asian ginger chilli sauce, and a spicy chicken burger coated in a hot and spicy crumb and served with sriracha mayo.

And the ‘Jolly Spaghetti’ – a combination of chopped up hot dogs and a sweet Filipino-style tomato sauce – is a must try for those wanting to taste something a little different.

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@jollibeeuk / Instagram

And as for the sides, there will of course be huge tubs of gravy to indulge upon (because what fried chicken restaurant is complete without gravy?), plus pots of sweet chilli, sriracha mayo, and Asian ginger chilli sauce.

Jollibee also caters for those with a sweet tooth, with a tasty desert menu consisting of mango coconut and chocolate coconut ice cream sundaes, both made up of vanilla soft serve topped with either mango sauce, mango pieces and coconut, or Jollibee’s chocolate sauce.

An exact opening date is yet to be announced, but we can expect its arrival at some point in the new year. Head over to the Jollibee website for news and updates.

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You can now buy Angel Delight ice cream and it’s the ultimate nostalgia dessert

Our childhood dreams have come true!

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Out of all the nostalgic childhood sweets in the world, Angel Delight undisputedly reigns supreme. 

While no one is certain as to what Angel Delight actually is – it isn’t mousse and it certainly isn’t custard – the smooth and sweet dessert has proven to be a massive hit over the years, whether it’s devoured as a treat after tea or just as an afternoon snack straight from the pan.

But now, fans of the iconic dessert will be delighted (no pun intended) to hear that Angel Delight has been reimagined as a soft serve ice cream.

Money saving Facebook page Money Saver By Dansway was one of the first places to alert people of the revolutionary new ice creams, writing on its page that they ‘look and taste amazing’.

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You’ll be able to find the ice creams at frozen foods retailer Iceland, who is selling 800ml soft serve versions of the popular strawberry and butterscotch flavours, both of are priced at just £3.

And better yet, the supermarket is currently flogging the ice cream tubs under its exclusive ‘two for £5’ offer, so you can stock pile the desserts to last you all the way through until summer.

Daniel Jalapour, Desserts Brand Director at Premier Foods, said: “The response we saw from shoppers when the Mr. Kipling and Ambrosia ice creams were announced was phenomenal.

“Iceland saw a 785% increase in shoppers searching for the products on their website before they were even in stores so we know fans will be delighted they can get their hands on the tubs all year round alongside our new Angel Delight Soft Serve Ice Cream tubs.

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“Angel Delight has long been considered a classic nostalgic dessert and we wanted to give fans a modern and cool twist on the iconic taste.”

Andrew Staniland, Trading Director at Iceland, added: “Following the outstanding success of the Ambrosia and Mr. Kipling flavours reimagined into ice creams, we wanted to deliver yet another iconic brand into the mix, Angel Delight.

“We’re confident customers will be heading straight to Iceland’s ice cream freezers as soon as they launch next week to try out those old-time favourite flavours once again.”

You can order the ice creams on the Iceland website, or alternative find your closest store.

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COMING SOON: Traditional Chinese hot pot restaurant to open in the Corn Exchange

Hot pot is one of the most popular meals in China

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Manchester’s Corn Exchange is set to get an exciting new addition in the form of HaiDiLao, a restaurant dedicated to the humble Chinese hot pot.

While the warming, potato-heavy Lancashire answer of a hot pot may immediately spring to mind, over in China they do things a little differently; a Chinese hot pot (火锅 huǒguō) consists of a simmering pot of soup and a selection of raw ingredients – usually meat, seafood, vegetables, tofu, and starches.

Diners then sit around the soup and add whatever ingredient they like to be quickly cooked within the boiling liquid. They then retrieve the cooked food items from the pot with wire ladles or chopsticks, and flavour them with individual dipping sauces. 

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@uk_haidilao / Instagram

The Chinese hot pot is believed to be over 1,000 years old and remains today as one of the most popular meals in China, as well as a fantastic means of getting the family together to share and enjoy some delicious food.

Well, Mancunians will soon be able to enjoy the novelty of a Chinese hot pot dinner thanks to the arrival of HaiDiLao, one of China’s most popular hot pot restaurant chains. 

The restaurant was founded in Jianyang, Sichuan Province in 1994, by Zhang Yong, who started out working in a factory to make ends meet.

His restaurant came to life in a malatang booth with only four tables and an investment of 10,000 RMB, but was quick to grow in popularity.

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HaiDiLao

Fast forwarding over two decades, and HaiDiLao boasts over 450 branches in countries including mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan, as well as Canada, Australia, and America. 

Not much is currently known about Manchester’s debut HaiDiLao apart from the fact it will be taking over a spot in the Corn Exchange very soon. The London venue also operates as a delivery and takeout service, so we can expect similar things for its Manchester venture.

An opening date is also yet to be announced.

To stay posted with news and updates, however, head over to the official HaiDiLao Instagram page.

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Cadbury unveils Orange Twirl Easter egg made entirely from orange chocolate

Yes, we’re writing about Easter eggs in January…

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While most of us continue to recover from the vast amount of chocolate consumed over Christmas, Cadbury is wasting no time in preparing us for the next big chocolatey event…

Easter!

Because believe it or not, Easter is creeping up on the horizon, so you’ll soon start to notice the supermarket shelves filling up with those delicious chocolate eggs. 

And, not ones to waste any time, Cadbury is well ahead of the game with the unveiling of its Orange Twirl Easter egg.

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The Easter egg is made up of a deliciously zesty milk chocolate and wrapped up in a gold and orange foil for optimum freshness.

And, better yet, the egg comes accompanied with two Orange Twirl chasers. Now that’s what Easter is all about.

The Cadbury Orange Twirl Easter egg is available to buy in Tesco and Iceland stores now.

Cadbury has a whole range of other Easter eggs on offer this year, including Creme Egg, Cadbury Fingers and the iconic Easter favourite, Mini Eggs.

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And if Easter eggs aren’t really your thing, fear not! Because Cadbury has just launched its very own éclairs, complete with Dairy Milk chocolate and fresh cream. 

The tasty treats, which are already been spotted in supermarkets by a number of excited Instagrammers, are described as being, ‘Choux pastry eclairs filled with cream and topped with Dairy Milk chocolate topping decorated with a Cadbury’s Flake.’

Yep, they even come with a Flake. 

You can now buy a two-pack of Cadbury Chocolate Eclairs for just £2 in all Asda stores now.

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