for a country like Pakistan that has always prided itself on its nutritious, spicy foods.
Ever since the first KFC restaurant appeared here in 1997, soon followed by the first McDonald's joint in 1998, the relationship between Pakistan and its American fast food chains has been uneasy to say the least.
Some joints have even been the targets of terrorists who are believed to resent their Americanism. On Sep 9 this year two separate bombs exploded within minutes of each other at a KFC and a McDonald's restaurant in Karachi.
But business is still good.
During this year's Ramzan, KFC offered two iftari deals -- a 'Ramzan buffet', an all-you-can-eat offer featuring burgers, fries and chicken pieces for Rs.250, and a 'Ramzan bucket', nine pieces of chicken and 1.5 litres of Pepsi for Rs.500.
"We had many more customers than usual during Ramzan," said Wasim Shehzad, chief supervisor at the KFC on the Mall in Lahore. "On average, we had 250 customers each night. Most people came as families."
And while the festive season represents a peak time of business for fast food joints, it's hardly a struggle through the rest of the year.
"Around 25 of the same people come here every day of the week," continues Shehzad. "They are mostly office workers who work nearby."
Across the road is Chick 'n' Chicks, part of the KFC chain, but aimed more specifically at children.
Amanat Chann, manager of the restaurant on the Mall, says: "Between five and 10 of the same families come here every day, with two or three children in each family."
Pakistani children eat chicken burger and fries every day of the week. It's a state of affairs that would have been unthinkable a few years ago, and yet it's now the norm for many across the country.
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