Nothing is more satisfying when you’re in a foreign country, most likely lost and hungry, and you see the familiar golden arches of McDonald’s in the distance. I can’t think of a better feeling.
Sometimes though eating McDonald’s abroad can be hit or miss depending on where you are in the world. Some international menus sound delicious while others are just downright weird. Here are 10 of the weirdest items you can get from McDonald’s around the world.
1. Macaroons, France
Trust France to bring a little va-va-voom to the McDonald’s menu. These macaroons look tasty and they’re affordable. Take that, bourgeoisie.
2. Pineapple pie, Malaysia
Malaysia’s pineapple pie mixes pineapple chunks in a crispy pie crust. Kim Kardashian is known to be a super fan of the McDonald’s apple pie, but I wonder what she thinks of this.
3. Bubblegum Squash McFlurry, Australia
McDonald’s Australia has a Bubblegum Squash McFlurry with marshmallows and bubble gum syrup. A perfect way to stay uber cool in the Aussie heat.
4. Pasta, Macau (China)
This pasta dish is served for breakfast in Macau. An interesting way to start the day, but I think I’ll stick to my Egg McMuffins, thank you very much.
5. Free-range porridge, Indonesia
Just like in China, the Indonesians have a very different idea of breakfast compared to us in the West. Indonesia serves a porridge featuring chicken and chillies. Only slightly more appealing than China’s offering.
6. Sweetcorn ice-cream, Malaysia
Malaysia’s bright ice-cream is sweetcorn flavored. Maybe it’s a play on words, a bit like candy corn. Otherwise, I can’t imagine sweetcorn-flavored anything being that nice.
7. Spinach and ricotta, Italy
Italy fries ricotta cheese and spinach to make this dish. If this is their replacement for fries, sign me up.
8. Melon Fanta – Japan
Melon Fanta is only available in Japan ,which is a real shame because it sounds absolutely refreshing. If you look hard enough you could probably find it on Amazon, but I don’t think it would be the same coming from a bottle as it would be in that paper cup.
9. Greek Mac, Greece
Greek Macs come in a pitta instead of burger bun. They also have tomatoes and tzatziki in between their two patties. The most interesting of the bunch, in my opinion.
10. Tea float, Thailand
Thailand sells a Milky Tea Float that sounds both delicious and refreshing. Great at breakfast, or in the intense heat of the mid-afternoon.
If there was ever a reason to travel, it’s this. Even if you don’t like the stuff on this list, at least you know everywhere you go, there will be a Big Mac and Chicken McNuggets. Now, all you need to do is remember how to say it in the language.