What McDonald’s Menu Items Look Like Around The World

What McDonald’s Menu Items Look Like Around The World

January 9, 2020 4 By Ewald Bahringer


Aliza Gulab: When traveling,
you’re more than likely to try delicious, authentic food found in the country that you’re in, not fast-food chains. I mean, who travels across
the country to try… McDonald’s? But McDonald’s is the
second-biggest fast-food chain in the world, and it’s all over. Its menu items actually differ
depending on where you are, like the McFalafel in Sweden or the McSpicy Paneer in India. Let’s take a look at what
McDonald’s menu items look like around the world. You can get a really good kick of heat with Thailand’s Kaprao
Crispy Chicken Rice. It’s rice served with chicken curry. Customer: It’s actually really good. It’s, like, sweet and spicy, but honestly you wouldn’t
think it came from McDonald’s. Aliza: And for dessert, try its Thai pie. It’s stuffed with black
sticky rice and young coconut that oozes when you bite into it. Canada’s poutine is a can’t-miss. It’s fries topped with
cheese curds and gravy. It first appeared in Quebec in the 1950s, and you can try it at
some Canadian McDonald’s. While the Big Mac may be one of McDonald’s most popular beef burgers, that’s not the case in India. About 95% of the world’s
Hindus live in India. Cows are sacred in Hinduism, so practicing Hindus don’t eat them. As a substitution, the Maharaja Mac uses chicken and adds heat with jalapeños. It’s also estimated that
anywhere between 20% to 30% of India’s population is vegetarian. More than any other country. And many people that do eat meat don’t eat it often. The McSpicy Paneer and McAloo Tikki are two vegetarian
sandwich options in India. The McSpicy Paneer is
fried cheese with lettuce and spicy sauce. Paneer is the common
cheese used throughout the Indian subcontinent. The McAloo Tikki is a
fried potato and pea patty with veg sauce, ketchup,
tomato, and onion. Like India, many Swedes enjoy
the vegetarian lifestyle. Sweden’s McDonald’s offers
items such as McFalafel with four or nine pieces of falafel bites. It also sells the McVegan,
a soy vegan burger. One of our producers,
Ju, tried it herself. Here’s what she thought. Ju: It’s mixed with tomato
powder, onions, and peppers, so, like, what you’re expecting from here is quite, like, a juicy
soy-protein burger, but with quite a strong, like, vegetable taste to it as well. It’s not really, really flavorsome. It just tastes like quite a good, standard veggie burger, like, made of soy protein. It certainly looks very, very impressive. Like, I really like the color of it. In Hong Kong, the company created the first McDonald’s Next, a sophisticated and modern
version of the restaurant with an open kitchen, hand-washing tables, and silverware. At this McDonald’s, you can get gourmet burgers, rich desserts, and matcha drinks, like this soy milk matcha
latte and Shake Shake fries, which are also available
in other Asian countries. Taiwan has an extensive breakfast menu, and a lot of its breakfast
sandwiches are made with toast, like this one, with pork,
cheese, and cabbage. You can also get items like corn soup, and just like Shake Shake fries, some countries in Asia have
Shake Shake Chicken, too. Switzerland’s McDonald’s
offers a Quinoa Curry Burger. It’s a quinoa veggie
patty topped with lettuce, tomato, garlic, and curry
sauce between a ciabatta bun. If you’re familiar with
American McDonald’s, you know that there’s only
two flavors of McFlurries: Oreo and M&M. But Switzerland has Toblerone McFlurries. The country is known for great chocolate, and Toblerone was invented there, so it’s only fair that they made their own version of a McFlurry. Our producer Graham tasted it. Graham: That’s amazing.
That’s so rich and creamy and sweet. That’s delicious. I mean, it tasted kind of
like a chocolate milkshake. Very good. I love that. I love that. Saimin is common cuisine in Hawaii. The traditional noodle
dish can be found at Hawaii’s McDonald’s. It serves the noodles in a broth with char siu, fish cake, nori, and egg. Spam is also a huge part
of Hawaiian culture, and McDonald’s offers a
breakfast platter with Spam, Portuguese sausage, eggs, and rice. Pair it with a taro pie, made with the tropical
root vegetable taro. South Africa’s menu has a Boerie Burger. You can get it with one or two patties, and it’s served with ketchup, mustard, and grilled onions. Boerie is special to South Africa. It is short for boerewors,
which translates to “farmer’s sausage” in Afrikaans. Meat pies have been a
staple in New Zealand since early British settlement and can be found anywhere,
from bakeries to gas stations and even in the country’s McDonald’s. The Georgie Pie is a square-shaped pastry filed with ground beef and cheese. Japan has a pretty
extensive menu of burgers, and among them is the Teriyaki Burger, a beef patty with lettuce
and teriyaki sauce. It also has an Ebi Filet-O, a breaded shrimp patty. And if you’re thirsty, try the Melon McFloat. It’s Fanta soda with vanilla soft serve. A lot of McDonald’s make you
pay extra for condiments, especially their dipping sauces, but in Mexico, they do
it a little differently. Instead, it has a complimentary salsa bar. Use it on the special breakfast platter. It comes with sausage, scrambled eggs, and McMolletes, bread that comes with refried beans, white
American cheese, and salsa. In Mexico’s McDonald’s, you
can also try a pay de queso. It’s a classic handheld pie crust filled with a sweet cream cheese. Rice is a staple food in Indonesia. The country produces over
60 million tons per year. Its McDonald’s offers sticky-rice balls served with fried chicken, spices, and chili sauce. Wash it down with black currant fruit tea, which comes in this
fun purple juice pouch. McDonald’s in the United Kingdom might be the best place to stop if you’d like to try food
from around the world. Yep, its limited-edition menu offers items like the Indian Chicken and the Canadian Stack. Ju: Got some chicken in there, lettuce, tomato, onions, and, of course, the naan on the outside. If you like garlic and you like chutney, you will love this. Ooh. OK, crispy onions and bacon and sauce and lettuce and two
burger patties. That’s it. Aliza: You can also just
stick to classic UK flavors and get a traditional bacon roll. It’s bacon served on a roll with ketchup or brown sauce. Ju: The bacon in there
is actually quite good. Aliza: So tell us, would you consider eating at
a McDonald’s while traveling? Is it an experience to
add to your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below.