McDonald’s is a global phenomenon.
While many McDonald’s restaurants around the world serve the signature burger and their own spins on the Big Mac, many global outposts offer completely different items. Many are specific to each country’s cuisines — and most look pretty damn interesting.
These are some items you can order should you find yourself in an international McDonald’s.
McDonald's India offers many vegetarian items, from the McVeggie to the Veg Pizza McPuff, which features tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and an array of vegetables. Many international McDonald's sell veggie-friendly items, but American McDonald's do not, because they do not sell well here.
According to McDonald's India's website, 'McDonald's has developed a menu especially for India with vegetarian selections to suit the Indian palate, and has also re-engineered its operations to address the special requirements of vegetarians.' Further proof, another vegetarian item: the McPaneer Royale, which features paneer cheese, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno peppers, and a cheese and onion sauce.
McDonald's Japan has a chicken veggie burger, which features a fusion of chicken, soybeans, and vegetables.
McDonald's restaurants in the UK sell Mozzarella Dippers -- McDonald's spin on the classic appetizer mozzarella sticks. McDonald's is testing this item in America.
In Malaysia, you can order Burbur Ayam McD, McDonald's spin on a Malaysian dish. It features chicken on top of porridge, and it is topped with onions, ginger, shallots, and chiles.
McDonald's Gazpacho Soup
In Spain, you can dine on gazpacho at McDonald's, which is definitely a lighter option than a burger.
Maple & Bacon Poutine
In Canada, you can get poutine. This past June, the chain offered an outrageous take on the classic dish by infusing it with maple and bacon.
McDonald's New Zealand sells Georgie Pies, a New Zealand classic. You can get a Steak Mince 'n' Cheese pie (pictured right) or other variations like the Chicken 'N' Vegetable and Apple 'N' Blackberry pies.
McDonald's Costa Rica offers a different spin on breakfast -- the McPinto Deluxe, which serves up rice nad beans, eggs, plaintains, a tortilla, and sour cream.
The Greek Mac is a Mediterranean take on the burger, with a pita stuffed with two beef patties and yogurt sauce.
In Sweden, you can get Chilli Cheese Tops -- similar to the appetizer jalapeno poppers, only without jalapenos, and with McDonald's flair.
McDonald's Mexico is famous for its McMollette, an open-faced breakfast sandwich with beans, cheese, and sauce.
McDonald's France has a knockout dessert menu that includes macaroons and cheesecake.
The McArabia is sold in many countries, including Egypt and Pakistan. The chicken version features two chicken patties, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and garlic sauce in between a pita.
For breakfast, you can order a McToast Chocolate -- pancakes folded up like a sandwich with chocolate spread in between.
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