I’m not a big fan of fast food.
However, I find it fascinating how an American chain can reflect so much about a culture’s palate which is why I do make it a point to check the menu at Mc Donald’s in every part of the globe we travel to.
In Manila, we’ve got Mc Spaghetti (a red, sweet-salty pasta) and Longganisa Breakfast Meal (native sausage) served with garlic-vinegar on the side.
When my friend visited India, she ordered a Mc Veggie (sesame seed bun with veggie-meat patty).
Here in Singapore, a packet of chili garlic comes with any of the food you order. With the nuggets and fries comes a choice packet of curry sauce (pretty good, I must say!). Also, the Singapore menu has Teppanyaki Chicken Mc Grill (a teppanyaki-marinade grilled chicken patty in a nice soft bun) and Mc Spicy, a hot chicken chop sandwich very similar to the Mc Chicken.
In Japan, this is the menu we came across: the iCon Sandwich.
From what I can remember, the Diavolo is marinaded in a spicy brown sauce, while the Cheese Fondue and Carbonara Sandwich were patties dunked in a creamy sauce and stuffed in soft bread. Curiosity got the better of the husband and he got himself the Cheese Fondue:
It was his happy meal of the day