As Americans, fast food is a pretty standard meal choice. With Golden Arches on every other block, cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets are sometimes a staple in our diets. But did you ever stop to think about what fast food looks like around the world?
It turns out that fast food plays a big part in a lot of other countries’ diets, too, but they aren’t always eating the same old burger and fries that we are. Fast-food restaurants around the world serve their own unique food that you just might be intrigued by. Here are some of the menu items at our favorite fast-food restaurants in other countries.
The iconic Golden Arches can be found in many other places around the world, but the menu inside McDonald’s varies quite a bit from country to country. For instance, in Japan, a favorite at McDonald’s is the Ebi Filet-O, which flaunts up to 11 shrimp encrusted in a crispy coating and served hamburger-style. McDonald’s Japan also serves gooey rice cheese balls as a great on-the-go snack.
Another sandwich variation found in Germany is the Big Rosti, which has a beef patty topped with a potato pancake, bacon, cheese, and cheese sauce. A bacon and cheese bun makes this sandwich unique and absolutely delicious. McDonald’s Germany also prides itself on selling McCafé Cupcakes in strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, and cappuccino flavors. These bite-size cupcakes are the perfect end to an “I’m lovin’ it” meal.
Additionally, many European countries serve beer at McDonald’s, which might be the biggest and best difference yet. McDonald’s has been around since 1948, and has kept up with the times to stay at the top of the food chain ladder, so who knows? Maybe soon, all McDonald’s locations will have a full bar.
Turns out, America isn’t the only country that runs on Dunkin’. People around the world run on Dunkin’ and, in some cases, on very interesting doughnuts. Dunkin’ Donuts in China serves a dry pork and seaweed doughnut for a salty and sweet breakfast option.
In Singapore, Dunkin’ Donuts serves a wasabi cheese doughnut, which has a spicy kick and is green.
Similarly, Dunkin’ Donuts Korea serve kimchi croquettes, warm doughnuts stuffed with kimchi filling — probably the most popular food item in Korea. This spicy, fermented cabbage can be taken on the go with these Dunkin’ Donuts treats.
Other countries get to have it their way, too. For those dining at Burger King in the UK, the chicken nugget burger may be on the top of their list. Basically a hamburger but with Burger King’s famous chicken nuggets instead of a beef patty, this sandwich is the best of both worlds.
Since Burger King just isn’t Burger King without the iconic Whopper, Burger King Argentina has created its own spin on the classic burger. This variation has chimichurri sauce, a local favorite, and provolone cheese instead of American, making for an equally tasty sandwich.
For a simple snack, Burger King Hungary sells chile cheese nuggets. Melted cheese with jalapeño bits are fried to perfection and served to happy customers.
Taco Bell easily adapts its menu items and flavors to the countries in which it’s located. For example, Taco Bell India serves a Fajita and Paneer Grilled Stuft Burrito, which is a large burrito stuffed with paneer, beans, rice, fajita veggies, cheese sauce, salsa, and cheese.
Taco Bell Japan serves a shrimp and avocado burrito, complete with guacamole, wasabi mayonnaise, and lettuce. This burrito is a classic in the country and is a menu favorite of customers.
A huge part of traveling is experiencing cuisine, but a lot of people probably don’t know that they can find out about local cuisine even in the comfort of a McDonald’s or Dunkin’ Donuts. Which one of these unique menu items do you want to try?