Since I last did a McDonald’s update, I’ve gained a lot of readers. For those who are new, I try to eat at a McDonald’s restaurant in every country I visit. McDonald’s in every country are just a little bit different as they adjust the menu to fit local tastes. Eating at McDonald’s is an attempt to try and see how each country is different through the lens of something which is very familiar. I do not usually go out of my way to eat fast food, but I do eat at least this one meal at each place.
My last update was in Taiwan, so I have Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong/Macau to fill everyone in on . Brunei didn’t have a McDonald’s that I could see (but they did have Pizza Hut and Jollibee’s) and I’ll wait till I pass through KL to talk about Malaysia.
You think Japan you think seafood. It should come as no surprise that Japan’s contribution to the global McDonald’s menu should come from the sea. They have given us the Fliet-o-Ebi, or the shrimp sandwich. What was interesting was that the Japanese McDonald’s all had cheaper seafood sandwiches than beef sandwiches. This is opposite (outside of Lent) as it is almost anywhere else. The filet-o-fish was the cheapest thing on the menu and the Quarter Pounder was the most expensive.
I had a helluva time finding Diet Coke in Japan and South Korea. I guess they aren’t that fat so don’t feel the need to drink diet coke that often. I’d usually get a Grape Fanta when I ate in Japan.
In the Asian McDonald’s I’ve visited (except for Hong Kong) they had a very clever system for getting rid of your garbage. Each garbage bin had a drain attached for dumping your ice and extra beverages. You were then expected to stack your cups. Also, hard plastic like forks, drink tops and straws were usually put in a separate bin. It was very efficient. Very Japanese. The drain on the garbage is one of those simple ideas that really should be adapted everywhere. It reduces the weight and potential mess of the garbage by removing the liquids from the bag. It also reduces the volume by stacking the cups. It would be very simple to implement and I think everyone would use it immediately.
South Korea has one of the more boring menus I’ve seen so far. The only really unique thing I saw was the pumpkin pie, which sounds like something that is probably on the menu in North America in the fall, but I don’t recall ever actually seeing it.
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McD in Macau had a Grilled Chicken that was Superb. I want to go back to Macau just for the Sandwich. Nothing like that in the Philippines. They also had the Strawberry shake that I can not get here.
I have really never seen the drain or cup stacking in Japan, and I’ve lived here almost 2 years!
You really think Americans would take the top off of their drink, pour it down the drain, then stack their cups? The drain would just end up constantly getting clogged with wet napkins and such, and the garbage bags would still be filled with liquid from those who ignore the drain. Let’s face it: when it comes to things like this, we’re slobs.
you gotta try prosperity burger. McD only sells them before Chinese New Year here in Malaysia.
Tokyo’s McD is very claustrophobic. Not a good place to even have a chat with friends because there’s always a queue waiting for you to finish up.
In HK, I was astonished to see elderly ladies & men serving at the counter.
I am not sure if you have tried Rice Burger at McDonald’s in South East Asia. Maybe you have that in US, but that was smth new for me.
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