The iconic Golden Arches
No matter where you go, there’s always one thing that reminds you of home: McDonald’s. What started as an All-American joint has now transformed the lives of people worldwide. McDonald’s isn’t just a fast food joint, it’s a culture.
While items like the Big Mac and McFlurry are constants across all their outlets, the chain also tailors to local tastes.
From special burgers to quirky desserts and even soup, here are 15 must-try items on McDonald’s international menu.
1. Hong Kong – Sausage and Egg Twisty Pasta
A twist on a favourite local dish, the Twisty Pasta is perfect for warming the soul. Choose from a variety of flavours ranging from Sausage N’ Egg to Mixed Veggies and Egg.
Sausage and Egg Twisty Pasta is available at all Hong Kong and Macau outlets during breakfast hours.
2. South Korea – Oreo Affogato
If you love coffee, this is the soft serve for you. The Oreo Affogato is what the name suggests, a shot of espresso poured over the classic soft serve with Oreo bits at the bottom.
Oreo Affogato is available on the dessert menu at all outlets in Korea.
If that’s not enough to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, stop for delicious waffles at Waffle Monster, one of Korea’s most popular waffle places!
3. Japan – Shaka Chiki
Much like the Shaker Fries we’re all so familiar with, this chicken cutlet from Japan works the same way. Just pour in the seasoning, and shake to coat your chicken cutlet! The chicken cutlet is available in in 3 flavours: plain, cheddar cheese and red pepper.
Shaka Chiki is available at all outlets in Japan.
If you prefer digging into local food instead, head on a food tour and learn more about the country’s food culture.
4. India – Chicken Maharaja Burger
Dubbed the tallest McDonald’s burger, the Chicken Maharaja is India’s version of the Big Mac. The burger also comes in a vegetarian friendly version to target the large market of vegetarians.
The Chicken Maharaja is available at all outlets in India.
If you’re heading to India, make sure you squeeze in a guided tour of the stunning Taj Mahal, where you’ll learn more about the iconic UNESCO World Heritage site.
5. Thailand – Coconut Sticky Rice Pie
This treat puts a McDonald’s twist on a favourite Thai dessert: coconut sticky rice. If you’re not adventurous enough to try local street food, then this dessert is perfect for you.
Coconut Sticky Rice Pie is available at all outlets in Thailand for a limited time, while stocks lasts.
If you prefer sticking to local delights, try your hand at making your own local fare with a cooking class.
6. USA – Fruit and Maple Oatmeal
If you think McDonald’s only serves unhealthy fast food, think again! The chain serves two types of oatmeal, with or without brown sugar. If you’re looking for a healthier breakfast option, don’t forget to check this out.
Fruit and Maple Oatmeal is available at all outlets in the United States and Canada.
7. UK – Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry
If you’ve not heard the news already, McDonald’s is bringing back its Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry just in time for Easter. With chunks of milk chocolate and the creamy filling of Cadbury Creme Eggs, this frozen treat is perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurries are available at all Canada and Australia outlets until 1 April.
8. Mexico – McMollettes
The Mexican version of the McMuffin, these open-faced sandwiches are perfect for breakfast. English muffins topped with refried beans, cheese and a little salsa, this breakfast is a must for those visiting Mexico.
McMollettes are available at all outlets in Mexico during breakfast hours.
9. China – Honey Chicken Rice Bowl
Rice is a staple in Asian cuisine, so it comes as no surprise that McDonald’s has put its own twist on it. Served with a sweet honey sauce, this rice bowl is perfect for those looking for a quick rice fix.
The Honey Chicken Rice bowl is available at all outlets in Mainland China.
Don’t forget to make a stop at Shanghai Disneyland where you’ll get to relive your childhood Disney dreams!
10. Norway – Chili Cheese Tops
Similar to the appetizer jalapeno poppers, these bite-sized treats are the perfect side to go with your burger. Filled with gooey melted cheese and chopped up chilies, this fried treat is perfect for those bored with the usual fries.
Chili Cheese Tops are available at all outlets in Norway.
11. Singapore – Samurai Burger
A Singapore favourite, the Samurai Burger causes a McDonald’s frenzy when it’s back in stores. The burger comes in a beef and chicken version, and is best served with its sidekick – the limited edition curly Twister fries.
The Samurai Burger is available at all outlets in Singapore and Malaysia typically from October to November every year.
12. Portugal – Peasant Soup
A specialty dish in Portugal, it’s no wonder McDonald’s added this to their menu in Portugal. A hearty soup made with kidney beans, ham and pasta, this is perfect for those looking for something different.
Peasant Soup is available at all outlets in Portugal.
13. Canada – Poutine
A dish classic to Canada, McDonald’s twist on the dish was an instant hit. Essentially fries covered with gravy and cheese curds, this dish will win the hearts of those who love their famed fries.
Poutine is available at all outlets in Canada.
14. Australia – Ham and Cheese Pockets
If you’re looking for a simple breakfast, this Ham and Cheese pocket is perfect. Filled with gooey cheese and thin slices of ham, this is perfect a breakfast on-the-go.
Ham and Cheese Pockets can be found at all outlets in Australia during breakfast hours.
No plans after breakfast? Get your heart pumping with a climb up the breathtaking Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the world’s longest bridge climbs.
15. Philippines – Chicken McDo with McSpaghetti
One of the oddest items McDonald’s has to offer, Chicken McDo and McSpaghetti is a strangely popular dish. Spaghetti served with slices of sausage and cheese, this item serves as a snack instead of a main dish.
Chicken McDo and McSpaghetti can be found at all outlets in the Philippines.