The Best Fast Food You Can’t Get Here slideshow
October 18, 2012
Maharaja Mac at McDonald’s (India)
In India, where the McDonald’s kitchens have always been divided into separate sections for cooking vegetarian and non-vegetarian food and where McDonald’s locations do not sell beef or pork, the fast-food giant has replaced the Big Mac's two all-beef patties with chicken to create the Maharaja Mac.
McShrimp at McDonald’s (Russia)
If you find yourself in Moscow and want a different side to accompany your Big Mac other than traditional McDonald’s french fries, order McShrimp, breaded shrimp served with your choice of six sauces.
Premium Kuro Burger at Burger King (Japan)
You can understand the reasoning behind this burger's name just by looking at the color of the bun. The Premium Kuro Burger ( or kuro means black in Japanese) has a beef burger sandwiched between a bun that has bamboo charcoal mixed into the dough, creating the black hue, and topped with black ketchup made from squid ink, garlic, and tomato ketchup.
Spicy Tender King Sandwich at Burger King (South Korea)
The Spicy Tender King consists of chicken strips, topped with lettuce, onions, mayonnaise, and a fiery barbecue sauce.
Salsa Boxmaster Wrap at Kentucky Fried Chicken (Taiwan)
This massive wrap is stuffed with fried chicken, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, hot and sour Mexican salsa, and Doritos, which add a nice crunch. There really isn’t any good reason why this doesn’t exist in America.
Sweet Bites at Kentucky Fried Chicken (Australia)
These moist cake desserts come in two flavors: triple chocolate (chocolate cake with creamy chocolate frosting topped with crumbly chocolate bits) and banana caramel (a banana-flavored dessert enrobed in caramel).
Seafood Mix Pizza at Pizza Hut (Japan)
One way Pizza Hut has adapted its pizza toppings to local markets in Asia is by adding seafood toppings to the pies. Whether you order the thick pan pizza, Italian-style thin crust, a stuffed cheese crust, or even a crust stuffed with sausage, the Seafood Mix Pizza comes with the requisite tomato sauce and cheese plus shrimp, squid, tuna, mayonnaise, broccoli, and onions.
Mushroom & Mozzarella Flaky Sandwich at Starbucks (Singapore)
Breakfast sandwiches have been on the menu at Starbucks for a couple of years now, and Starbucks shops around the world have subsequently rolled out the sandwich program adapted to regional tastes. The Mushroom & Mozzarella Flaky Sandwich in Singapore is comprised of white mushrooms and mozzarella stacked between two pieces of flaky bread made with linseed, flaxseed, and sunflower seeds.
Meatball Panini at Starbucks (United Kingdom)
While many people frequent Starbucks for its coffee and Frappuccinos, those seeking a hearty snack in the United Kingdom can order the Meatball Panini. The ground beef and pork meatballs are mixed with chile, tomato, oregano, and smoked paprika before they are roasted and covered in a sauce made from tomatoes that have been oven-roasted for 12 hours, garlic, basil, and oregano. The meatballs and sauce are topped with melted mozzarella cheese and stuffed in ciabatta that's been baked in a stone oven and brushed with Levante extra-virgin olive oil.
Seafood Fiesta, Curry Zazzle, and Chicken Olé at Pizza Hut (Singapore)
While the pizzas and toppings on the menu are reminiscent of those in the U.S. (pepperoni, sausage, and vegetable are all served here), the menu goes beyond pizza and includes a trio of baked rice dishes Seafood Fiesta, Curry Zazzle, and Chicken Olé. The Seafood Fiesta is based on Spanish paella (a rice and seafood dish) and includes mussels, prawns, squid served atop rice pilaf and topped with salsa and mozzarella. The Curry Zazzle is based on a traditional Singaporean rice dish and comes with fragrant buttered rice, topped with spicy chicken chunks, potato cubes, and curry sauce. The Chicken Olé has buttered rice, roasted chicken strips, mushrooms, green peppers mixed in an alfredo sauce and topped with mozzarella.