From different menu items to 24/7 delivery, ordering McDonald's in Taiwan showed me what US locations are missing

Martha SorrenThe McDonald’s in Taiwan had different options than in the US.
  • McDonald’s in Taiwan is very different than in the US.
  • They have shrimp and pork burgers and breakfast toast sandwiches.
  • They also have 24-hour delivery, so you can get your McDonald’s on whenever.

There are McDonald’s restaurants in over 100 countries, but each one looks a little different depending on the region it’s in. For example, in the McDonald’s in Taipei, Taiwan, you can find things like shrimp and pork burgers, corn soup as a drink, and something called shake chicken.

The menu does have the Americanclassics, like chicken nuggets, Big Macs, and sausage McMuffins. But it also has one major thing America doesn’t have but probably wishes it did – 24-hour delivery. At any time of the day or night, you can get your McDonald’s fix in Taipei without even leaving your house.

But what kind of food shows up when you place that order? Here’s what McDonald’s tastes like in Taiwan.

The pork burger with cheese sauce was a twist on an American chicken sandwich.

Martha SorrenThe pork burger.

The fried pork patty was topped with lettuce and what tasted like nacho cheese. The cheese gave it a nice flavour, but the patty didn’t necessarily taste any different than chicken. Still, it was my favourite of the Taiwanese McDonald’s specialties I tried. Although I don’t eat pork often, it’s a flavour I recognise – and being smothered in cheese made it melt in your mouth.

It cost 49 NT (New Taiwan dollars) which is about $1.60 USD.

The shrimp burger tasted pretty much the same as the pork burger.

Martha SorrenThe shrimp burger.

This sandwich also had a fried patty, which made it hard to determine the shrimp flavour amongst the breading. I’m not a huge seafood fan, so eating it cooked in a burger was a little out of my comfort zone. But even if the flavour had been more up my ally, the small a dab of Thousand Island dressing and sprig of lettuce didn’t enhance the flavour much. It could have used more dressing, in my opinion.

It cost 69 NT or about $2.30 USD.

The shake chicken had a DIY nature to it.

Martha SorrenThe shake chicken.

The shake chicken consists of a piece of fried chicken and some powdered wasabi. You empty the powder into the bag with the chicken and shake until the flavoring is distributed.

The only problem is it doesn’t always get seasoned evenly.

Martha SorrenThe shake chicken with the seasoning.

One part of the chicken was super spicy while other parts had barely any spice. I’d probably recommend sprinkling the package evenly over the chicken and then shaking it. That way you don’t bite into one wasabi covered chunk that makes you cry. The chicken itself was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside like McDonald’s is known for.

This was an add on item as part of a meal that also came with a drink and fries for an extra 33 NT, or about $1.10 USD.

Corn soup was a drink option.

Martha SorrenCorn soup.

Instead of getting a soda or coffee with your meal, you could choose corn soup for about $1.10 USD. While the soup was good, and came with real corn chunks, it left me wanting a drink. I wouldn’t have put it in the beverage category.

Breakfast has different options too.

Martha SorrenHash brown and Canadian bacon toast.

While you can still get burger buns and English muffins, there aren’t any biscuits at these McDonald’s. Instead, you can get breakfast sandwiches with toast.

This is Canadian bacon, cheese, and hash brown sandwich.

Martha SorrenCanadian bacon, cheese, and hash brown sandwich.

It also came with mayonnaise and ketchup, but everything went pretty well together and tasted good. Honestly, American McDonald’s should consider adding the hash brown side to the sandwich. It gave it a crunchy texture and fluffy potato flavour.

The sandwich cost about $1.60 USD.

The typical foods tasted the same, which was comforting.

Martha SorrenChicken nuggets.

You can still get chicken nuggets and a Big Mac too. A 10-piece nugget came with a zingy honey mustard sauce. The nuggets were moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside. The Big Mac patty was flavorful and the toppings tasted fresh.

The nuggets were about $5 USD and the Big Mac was about $2.50 USD. Taipei’s 24-hour delivery, though? Priceless.

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