Hungry for a McMollete? 15 Exotic McDonald’s Foods around the World
There’s no doubt that McDonald’s has taken over the world one chain store at a time, but from one country to the next no two menus are exactly the same. At last count, McDonald’s had restaurants in 119 countries – that’s 119 unique menus.
Just as each country has its own culture, each has its own culinary preferences. Here is a list of 15 of the most exotic McDonald’s dishes around the world, all in one delicious DashBurst post.
1. Japan – Sakura Burger
Japan is famous for its spring sakura flowers (cherry blossoms), so why not combine Japan’s love for sakuras with burgers to create a McDonald’s sensation? These teriyaki egg burgers are slathered with a special sakura sauce (pink mayo with radish spread) and topped with a pink bun. Perfect for the springtime.
2. Hong Kong – Twisty Pasta
One of the staples of a Hong Kong breakfast is, perhaps surprisingly, twisty pasta soup. Hong Kong is part of China, but it was a British territory until 1997. Is twisty pasta soup the fusion of these two influences? While you ponder, enjoy a nice hot bowl of McDonald’s twisty pasta and taste a Hong Kong classic!
3. Germany – McCurry Wurst
Why go for a classic Big Mac when you can have German pork sausages? At a McDonald’s in Germany, you can enjoy pork bratwurst chunks in a spicy tomato sauce, paired with packets of mild or sharp curry powder. Hey, it’s not the wurst.
4. Hawaii – Taro Pie
Taro soup, taro buns, taro sticky rice – Hawaii can’t get enough of this purple plant. And so the 50th US state gets its own McDonald’s menu.
At a McDonald’s in Hawaii, you can taste a scrumptious taro pie. We promise, it doesn’t taste odd – it’s quite tasty actually. But hey, you’ll never know until you taste it yourself, right?
5. India – McCurry Pan
In a country where cows are considered a sacred religious animal to the Hindu majority, beef patties are out. In addition, over 40% of the population is vegetarian, so it’s no surprise that many Indian McDonald’s restaurants offer a variety of vegetarian food options. So why not try the McCurry Pan? It’s no burger, but it is mouthwatering food experience.
6. Thailand – Mooncakes
McDonald’s just got fancy. If you live in Thailand or happen to be traveling through, you can buy yourself a box of mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Considered the high-end of Asian pastries, these small little cake-like spheres come with a variety of delicious fillings including lotus paste, egg yolk, nuts, and red bean. I like to call them… McMooncakes.
7. France – McCamembert and Co.
Cheese is among the foods the epicurean French take pride in and, oh man, did French’s McDonald’s go all out. Why settle with classic American cheese when you can up the game with many local favorites like Camembert, Raclette, Comte, and Cherre?
8. Spain – Gazpacho Soup
There’s no question that gazpacho soup is a staple of Spanish cuisine. Dating back to ancient Roman times, this cold and savory soup never gets old. McDonald’s hops on the bandwagon and we’re more than willing to greedily slurp it up.
9. Canada – Poutine
If there’s one thing you need to remember in Canada, it’s that poutine is the heart and soul of the country. Seriously, it is to Canada what the burger is to the US. Fries topped with gravy and chunks of butter – this must be fast food heaven.
10. Costa Rica – McPinto
Costa Rica is widely known for its Gallo Pinto, a seasoned rice and black bean dish that’s simple yet undeniably scrumptious. Now you can enjoy the same culinary tradition at McDonald’s. Fast food and tradition go hand in hand. ¡Que bueno!
11. Australia – Rosti Brekkie Wrap
In Australia, you can get the ultimate breakfast wrap – a potato rosti (a type of hash brown), bacon, egg, and cheese all wrapped up in a tortilla. A delicious variation of the rosti, this wrap is proof that tradition is a timeless favorite. Breakfast in the land down under…
12. United Kingdon – Mince Meat Pie
Is it true that you can only get your hands on a savory mince meat pie in the UK? Either way, for the first time ever, McDonald’s is serving its version of the popular UK classic. The dish is usually served during Christmas, but now you can enjoy this savory addition all year round! Festivity is just around the corner.
13. China – Double Prosperity Burger
The New Year is a huge holiday celebration in China. Celebrants clean their homes and hang red lanterns – it’s out with the bad and in with the good. And there’s no question that McDonald’s is offering food fortunes in the form of… prosperity burgers? It may be the year of the goat, but we’ll be eating beef.
14. Mexico – McMollettes
At home or abroad, fast food can go wrong in all sorts of ways, but this surely isn’t one of them. Feast your eyes on McMolletes, a fast food version of the Mexican classic mollete. An open-faced muffin topped with refried beans, cheese, and pico de gallo. That beats the McMuffin, right?
15. Indonesia – Bubur Ayam
We’ve saved the best for last.
This is quite possibly one of the most exotic McDonald’s dishes we’ve discovered yet – Bubur Ayam, also known as chicken rice porridge. This pretty much confirms our belief that there’s more to McDonald’s than just burgers and fries. Heck, why not try a bowl of Bubur Ayam instead?
McDonald’s has been making a lot of culinary and dietary changes to satisfy customers the world over, and I think it’s safe to say that… I’m lovin’ it!