Royale with Cheese?
That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Sure, you probably know in France that McDonald’s serves the Royale with cheese (thanks to the famous scene in Pulp Fiction) but did you know that McDonald’s all around the world offer a number of different items catering to their cultures?
Ok, you might’ve known. But you might not know exactly what they serve.
Here’s some of your McDonald’s options in countries all over the world.
- Pasta Zoo Happy Meal: Available in Australia and New Zealand, the meal includes 10 pasta pieces (filled with cheese and vegetables) with Zoo Goo (Italian pasta sauce), pair of small plastic tongs, a toy, and a milk drink with a ‘Sipaah’ flavored straw (chocolate or strawberry). It is aimed to be a healthier alternative to the current Cheeseburger or McNuggets Happy Meal. This was added to the menu on January 17, 2007.
- Deli Choices’: Released in Australia in October 2004. Choices include
- ‘Breakfast’:Bacon and Egg, and for a limited time Deluxe Breaky Roll which includes bacon, sausage, egg and Swiss cheese with spicy tomato sauce
- Lunch: Chicken Tandoori, barbeque Roast Beef, Turkey and Cranberry, Chicken Caesar and Thai Chicken.
- “McCalabresa” sandwich has been recently launched. It is made up of a sausage patty and seasoned with vinaigrette sauce. Inspired in a popular street foodsanduíche de calabresa). The “Cheddar McMelt” (a version of the patty melt ( sandwich) is also available on the Brazilian McDonald’s menu. This popular item consists of a whole wheat bun, a hamburger patty, diced onions, and warm, melted cheddar cheese.
- The McDonald’s menu at Canadian restaurants is similar to that of American restaurants. It contains the traditional food items, deli sandwiches, salads, breakfast items, desserts and a “Value Picks” menu.
- McDonald’s restaurants across Canada have a “Value Picks” menu of sandwiches, desserts and more for $1.39 CAD each. Started in Mid 2006, the Value Picks menu has replaced the McDeal campaign, where a sandwich of the day was available for $1.79.
- In some locations in the Maritime Provinces of Canada McDonald’s offers a lobster roll called a McLobster (McHomard in French). In the province Quebec, McDonald’s also offers poutine which is fries with gravy and cheese. In Toronto, McDonalds has sold pizza called the McPizza in the early 1990s.
- Most Canadian locations also feature Toasted Deli Sandwiches: Sandwiches featuring deli meats and vegetables on french or whole wheat rolls.
- In Chile, customers can add avocado paste to any sandwich, less the McPalta (Chilean Spanish for: McAvocado) whose basis is the avocado paste along with lomito or pork. Cheese empanadas are also sold at all McDonald’s locations in Chile under the same category as fries.
- A favorite local sandwich in Greece is the Greek Mac, consisting of two burger patties wrapped in a pita with yogurt sauce, tomato slices, iceberg lettuce and onions. The sandwich is also offered in Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Spain, Cyprus, and Portugal.
- McDonald’s sells chicken and pork burgers, fried chicken wings and nuggets. In some restaurants, a separate counter sells ice cream and desserts to pedestrians. Some restaurants have a section for the McCafé. Apart from the general menu, it also promotes some other foods seasonally or longer, like spicy french fries, the Shogun Burger (a pork bun served with Japanese Teriyaki sauce and cabbage), Grilled Chicken Burger, twisted macaroni breakfasts, salads, soups, pineapple or red bean sundae, pineapple pies, taco flatbreads with pork, beef or chicken, rice fan-tastic (a burger-like entree with rice patties in place of buns) and many others.
- Beef and pork products are not served to cater to Indian religious sensitivities. Chicken (that too, only non-Halal) along with fish are the only meat products used.
- The Big Mac is replaced by the Maharaja Mac, which was originally a mutton burger, but is now a chicken burger.
- In India, vegetarian and meat dishes are prepared in separate areas of the restaurant in respect for vegetarians, and cooks preparing vegetarian dishes wear distinctive green aprons.
- McShawarma (shawarma served in flatbread) and McKebab (kebab served on flatbread). This was made famous in an advertisement based on the McRoyale scene in Pulp Fiction.
- Teriyaki McBurger: Ground pork sandwich with mayonnaise, lettuce, and teriyaki sauce.
- Ebi-Chiki Set: 2 shrimp nuggets and 3 chicken nuggets.
- Ebi Filet-O: Shrimp burger similar to a Filet-O-Fish.
- French Fries can be purchased in barbecue, seaweed, and Italian basil flavors.
- Ume Nuggets: Chicken McNuggets with sour ume sauce for dipping.
- Chicken Katsu Burger: Breaded chicken sandwich flavored with soy sauce and ginger.
- Salsa Burger: Breaded chicken sandwich with salsa,
- Koroke Burger: Sandwich with breaded mashed potatoes, shredded cabbage, and katsu sauce. Served with or without cheese.
- Tamago Double Mac: Hamburger with 2 beef patties, pepper sauce, bacon, and a poached egg. Served with or without cheese.
- Green Tea-flavored milkshakes
- Macaroni and Cheese Burger
- Has the Bulgogi Burger (pork patty in bulgogi marinade, as of 5/07), McBingsoo(Korean Shaved Ice), as well as the Shrimp burger similar to Ebi-Filet-O in Japan. Also interesting is that there is a deposit levy charged on cups (100 Won) which is refunded on return of cup to any McDonald’s location for recycling or reuse.
- The McArabia is sold in the Middle East. In 2005, the McSahara was briefly sold. Moroccan McDonald’s also sell “deluxe potatoes” which can be substituted for French fries and are thick-cut spicy potatoes. In late 2006, the Chicken Mystic, L’Ptit plaisirs (small pleasures), and 280 gram Recette Moutarde (Mustard burger) were all released.
- New Zealand’s Kiwiburger was a local burger based on what are commonly called ‘Jumbo burgers’ from local fish and chip outlets. It featured a beef patty, tomato, beetroot and a fried egg. The Kiwiburger remained on the menu until 2004 when it was replaced with “The Boss’ – which features 2 quarter pounder beef patties, but is without beetroot and egg. Due to popular demand, the Kiwiburger was returned to the McDonalds menu in May, 2007.
- There is a Spicy McChicken burger that has chutney in it. There is also a McChutney Burger, a meatball sandwich called the McKofta, and strawberry custard pie. A pineapple-flavored sundae, pineapple pie, and a mango-flavored milkshake are seasonal menu items. Also, McArabia was recently introduced, with a chicken patty rolled up in Pita bread.
- McDonald’s serves mini calzone, a kind of stuffed pizza.
- McDonald’s sells spaghetti (to compete with local fast food franchise Jollibee), which is called, unsurprisingly, McSpaghetti. In 1993, a popular combo featured spaghetti with fried chicken wings. Also unique to the Filipino menu is the Burger McDo, a ground pork burger served with a Thousand Island dressing like sauce to cater to local tastes. Also sells “Rice burgers” chicken fillet or beef burger served in rice toasted to shaped like buns.
- In Poland, there was a sandwich offered for a brief while called the “McKielbasa.” It was not very popular and soon withdrawn from the menu.
- Chilled gazpacho is served in sealed plastic cups.
After viewing a lot of the international sites, I’ve come to the conclusion that Poland has the coolest site and the Volcán de Chocolate from the Argentina menu is the dish I want to try the most. Although the Tamago Burger does look tempting.