…but of course, it wasn’t.
Turkey’s menu is otherwise unremarkable. One thing that is different about McDonald’s in this country is that people tend to spend a particularly long time lolling on the plastic seats after their McLunches, checking phones and chatting with friends.
Australians are McFood snobs of the highest order, there is no question about that. Locals who are appalled at the notion of consuming a Big Mac have taken a shine to the Angus McOz, a prime Angus beef burger served with red onion and a particularly Australian addition: the slice of beetroot. Australians try to make themselves feel better about eating at McDonald’s because it is a place that serves salads, 100% Australian chicken breast wraps and yoghurt. We’re still getting fatter every year.
“McDo” is phenomenally popular in France. In fact, it’s McDonald’s second biggest market. The fast food chain attempted to seduce the French public with McBaguettes and the McCamembert, made from inferior bread and the poorest quality Camembert. Obviously, these products were rather unsuccessful in the land of pain and fromage.
French people love their French Fries
Quite simply, the French visit McDonald’s to get classic fast food: Big Macs, Chicken McNuggets, and McShakes. Miam, miam. McDelicieux!
The people of Hong Kong really love their vegetables, so McDonald’s has catered for the locals yet again: broccoli, corn and rice are currently on the menu. Actually, they are quite McNice. Macaroni is a unique breakfast staple at Hong Kong McDonald’s. Desserts here include bean-flavoured ice cream parfaits. There are many 24-hour McDonald’s in this busy, 24-hour city. McDonald’s in Hong Kong and China always puts out a special menu for Chinese New Year. Hey vegetarians, wondering why the fries are so good at McDonald’s in Hong Kong? It’s the pig fat in which they are cooked.
The Good: it wouldn’t have taken McDonald’s long to figure out that Dutch people won’t eat chips without fritessaus – a sweet, flavoured mayonnaise sauce that is ubiquitous in Holland. I’m with the Dutch on this one, fritessaus really should be available in every country.
Fries and Fritessaus belong together, anyone can see that
If you like miscellaneous meat, breaded and deep fried in a kind of mustard then you may also enjoy a McKroket with your fries. Just looking at it gives me indigestion, but those of you with a strong stomach are advised to give it a shot.
If you can eat this, you are probably Dutch
Now for The Bad: The Joppie Burger. It certainly looks innocuous enough but they don’t tell you the truth – when they aren’t smothering fritessaus or mayonnaise on their food, Dutch people get sneaky and trick foreigners into eating Joppiesaus. It looks like mustard but it’s really a sweet, cold curry sauce made from a mysterious, secret recipe. And I hate it. There is no information online about the Jopie Burger, or Joppie Burger. The only proof of its existence is this photograph:
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Further Observations at McDonald’s Restaurants Worldwide:
– A McDonald’s meal in Indonesia is almost double the cost of a local restaurant, giving the fast food chain an elite status
– Italy, the foodie’s paradise, serves the vilest of all the McDonald’s with dry, day-old buns without sauce. Getting it right isn’t hard
– McDonald’s in India serves no beef out of respect to the Hindu majority
– Similarly, there is no pork in the Jordanian or UAE McDonald’s. They are certified Halal restaurants
– Singapore’s Chinatown outlet forgot to put the chicken on our McChicken – just lettuce and sauce. On two separate occasions!
– Israel no longer serves McFalafel, a crying shame indeed. All beef is kosher in the Israeli outlets
– There is also a kosher McDonald’s in Abasto de Buenos Aires Shopping Mall, Argentina
Well, I think I’m finished with Mcshakes and fries for this year. Be sure to try the local delicacies in any country you may be visiting, none of which you’ll find at McDonald’s.