If you close your eyes and think of the most common McDonald’s item what are you thinking of? If you’re in North America, you’re most likely going to say a cheeseburger and fries. However, people in other countries might disagree.
Someone in the Philipines might think of spaghetti, while someone in Brazil might be thinking of Nutella! Here are some of the most unique items that will surely have your mouth watering.
Dosa Masala Brioche — India
Masala dosa is a popular food in Indian cuisine, made of a lentil pancake, fermented rice, and spicy potato filling. So of course, it absolutely had to be added to India’s McDonald’s menu.
You’ll find it on the breakfast menu as a bun stuffed with a mashed potato patty and a chutney sauce.
Bacon, Macaroni And Cheese Toastie — China
Macaroni and cheese is a favorite comfort food across the world, but add crispy bacon and you’ve probably got one of the unhealthiest but most delicious combinations possible. McDonald’s version tosses the mix onto a sandwich by adding two pieces of toasted bread.
Pão De Queijo With Nutella (Brazil)
What’s your pastry of choice with your coffee? Perhaps it’s a doughnut or croissant. For the Brazilians, it’s “pão de queijo” a chewy and cheesy pastry that McDonald’s fills with Nutella.
McDonald’s also offers the traditional pastry in a snack size while pairing it with chocolate dipping sauce.
McBeer — Germany
What goes best with sausage and fast food? A cold glass of beer. McDonald’s offers beer as a beverage option in European countries like Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland, in case you were looking for another excuse to drink.
McMollettes — Mexico
Voilà, the Mexican version of the McMuffin. Think taco fixings on English muffins that are left face up like tacos. They are topped with refried beans, cheese, and a little salsa—basically all of the staples.
The McMollettes are available at all outlets in Mexico during breakfast hours.
Taro Pie — Hong Kong
McDonald’s locations in China and Hong Kong opted out of the classic apple pie and replaced it with a deep-fried purple taro filling. This root vegetable made more sense as it’s very popular in Asian cuisine. Those who tried it say it tastes like sweetened sweet potato.
Le Double Blue Cheese & Bacon — France
France gets a little fancier with its cheese, as it tops its double cheeseburger with some blue cheese. The burger instantly looks more gourmet.
Le Double Blue Cheese & Bacon is layered with two beef patties, blue cheese, bacon, crispy onions, and mayonnaise in the middle of a tasty brioche bun.
Shrimp Beef Burger — Korea
The burger starts out with all the classic ingredients: lettuce, tomato, and McDonald’s version of special sauce. Then comes the specialty: a deep-fried shrimp patty.
Although very high in salt, it gives the menu in Korea something to brag out.
McArabia — Egypt And The Middle East
The McArabia was introduced in 2003 to satisfy the cravings of those in Egypt and the Middle East, and to stay on trend with local competitors.
It’s basically a sandwich, except instead of a bun you get flatbread folded around either grilled chicken or grilled kofta (beef with spices), garnished with the usual lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and some garlic sauce.
Green Curry Chicken Pie — Thailand
Curry is very popular in Thailand, so it’s only fitting that McDonald’s finds a way to incorporate it into their menu. So it used green curry chicken as pie filling.
Rather than the sweetness of apple pie, the creamy Thai curry gives the crispy pastry a more savory taste.
Peasant Soup — Portugal
Peasant soup is a hearty soup enjoyed in Portugal. McDonald’s took the whole soup and added it to their menu. The soup is made with kidney beans, ham, and pasta, and is very hearty, comforting, and filling.
McCurry Pan — India
This dish is made of curried vegetables baked in a cream sauce and served in a crispy “pan” made from bread. The best part is that the bread bowl itself is edible!
This item is on the vegetarian menu of McDonald’s in India, as being vegetarian is very common there, not just as a diet but as part of the culture.
McLobster — Maine & New England
Lobster might seem luxurious, but in an area that survives on seafood, it only makes sense to spot it in the local McDonald’s.
The McLobster is timed with the lobster season. Even though it’s still fast food, it’s made with 100% Atlantic lobster meat on a roll with some kind of lobster sauce and shredded lettuce.
McCurrywurst With Chicken — Germany
Currywurst is exactly what it sounds like. It’s made of sliced sausage (wurst) and covered in a sauce made of ketchup mixed with curry powder.
This was a popular street food in Berlin before it showed up on the McDonald’s menu. This version is made with chicken.
McNoodles — Austria
Austrians are really into stir-fried noodles. So of course, McDonald’s jumped on the trend and added a stir-fry bowl with noodles and vegetables on the menu.
It was, however, only available as a limited-time offer for a few months, but Austrians loved it.
Poutine — Canada
Canada is not only famous for maple syrup, but also for poutine, a concoction of gravy and cheese curds on top of cries. It can be substituted as a side or eaten on its own as a meal. In 2015, they even got fancy by adding bacon bits to it.
Just be careful, since the dish contains 33 grams of fat and 3,250 milligrams of salt.
Chicken McDo With Spaghetti — Philippines
This interesting combination features a fried chicken leg branded as Chicken Mcdo. The chicken leg can be purchased alone or with rice.
What makes it really unique is that it’s often paired with a side of spaghetti instead (offered on the menu as a side).
Ebi Filet-O Shrimp Burger — Japan
This popular burger in Japan features a Panko-battered shrimp patty topped with shrimp tempura sauce, mustard, and lettuce. It’s called a burger, but there’s no actual beef—just shrimp.
The Ebi Filet-O Shrimp was named after the Japanese model Yuri Ebihara, who helped promote the release of the burger.
Empanadas Con Queso — Chile
McDonald’s really knows how to target a country’s favorite classics. Empanadas are a classic Spanish or Latin-American pastry turnover filled with savory ingredients that are either baked or fried.
In Chile, you can get cheese-filled empanadas at McDonald’s—they come in threes, so you’d better be feeling hungry.
Chicha Purple Temptation — Peru
The best part of the meal is the dessert, so we saved it for last. Although this dessert looks like it belongs in a fancy boulangerie, it’s actually just part of the menu in Peru.
It gets that vibrant purple color from blue corn, which is abundant in Latin America. No food dyes here.