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McDonald’s around the globe

- October 6th, 2008

Despite the often negative views of McDonald’s in our health-conscious, yet still obese, society, it’s nearly impossible to deny that a Big Mac and fries from the Golden Arches can really hit the spot.

Plus, with more than 31,000 restaurants around the globe, McDonald’s is a welcome sight for travellers looking for a taste of home. In an attempt to appeal to local tastebuds, McDonald’s has created some interesting products that we in North America may find very strange.

The McArabia is a favourite sandwich in the Middle East. It’s made with chicken or kofta, veggies and wrapped in a pita.

In China, McNuggets come with a popular chili garlic sauce. There’s also a seasonal Chinese New Year meal available, which includes curly fries.

In India, beef and pork burgers have been discontinued in favour of Halal chicken and fish. The Maharaja Mac, made with chicken, is very popular, as is the McCurry Pan and McAloo Tikki Burger.

If you’re in Israel, you’ll want to stop by a McDonald’s and try the kosher McShawarma and McKebab. Or, if you’re in the Phillippines, try local favourites like McSpaghetti, Burger McDo, McRice Burger or the corned beef with rice breakfast meal.

There are many local variations across Europe. Some of the best are the McKroket in the Netherlands, McBuri in Hungary, McLaks in Norway, McKielbasa in Poland and El Maco Grande in Sweden.

Having lived in the Netherlands for six months, I can say the McKroket is something that never tickled my fancy. If you’d like to try an authentic Dutch croquette, I suggest buying one from heated vending machines or at a snack stop.

In South America, Chileans enjoy McAvocado sandwiches and empanadas at their local McDonald’s.

And, not to be outdone by international markets, there are various local specialties across North America as well.

Residents of the Maritimes can order up McLobster, while Quebeckers have been able to order poutine for more than a decade.

In New England, hungry people can find lobster and crab cakes, while people in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana are served Johnsonville Brats. Visitors to Hawaii can order spam on their breakfast sandwiches, while New Mexicans can request green chilies on their food.

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7 comments

  1. Jennifer | September 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    My husband and his best man both from Saskatchewan, nearly hyperventilated laughing when they saw the sign for McLobster at the McDonald’s in Truro on our way to Cape Breton from Halifax. I’ve never thought anything odd about it, having grown up in the Maritimes, but the “Flatlanders” thought it was hilarious – until the best man tried it and really liked it. lol

  2. thepasman | September 8, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    When I was in Hawaii there was scrambled eggs and “Spam” on the breakfast menu!

  3. Jessica-Jean | June 12, 2012 at 4:07 am

    In Rome (Italy), I fell in love with the Milkshake Cappuccino. Not generally a coffee lover, I really love that! I watched just how it was put together. It’s simple! Vanilla milkshake goop + a healthy dose of espresso from the espresso machine.
    Now that the local McDonald’s are switching to McCafés, I thought I could get them to make me one, even if I had to pay extra for the espresso. No deal!
    Dumb management! I had at least one a day while in Rome for two weeks. I’d love to have them here too. :(
    I’ll save my money for when next in Rome! :)

  4. BRYAN | June 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

    In Gremany you can oder beer at any McDonald’s.
    Get on board North America

  5. michel | June 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Same goes when you’re in St-Maarten.

  6. rob | December 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    In France too. Hamburger Royale with a beer, (quarter pounder). You can also get a small, mikey sized bottle of red wine

  7. Mario | January 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    A poutine is also available in Ontario at McDonalds along with every other fast food restaurant lol… so it’s not only in Quebec.

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