Brits know the McDonald’s menu like the back of their hands – and we all have our favourites.
But have you every stopped to think about the menu items you’ve been missing out on?
As the world’s leading fast food chain, McDonald’s has restaurants in hundreds of cities across the globe.
In fact, out of the world’s 195 countries, McDonald’s has a restaurant in 118 – that’s 60.5 per cent.
Though McDonald’s primarily sells the American fast food staple of burgers and fries – there are several menu variations on offer depending on which country you’re ordering in.
In Canada, for example, you can pick up a box of poutine – chips, cheese curds and gravy.
Over in Hong Kong, a popular breakfast item is Twisty Pasta, served with toppings including egg and sausage.
And from McDonald’s in India, new items introduced to the menu recently include the Green Chilli McAloo Naan and the Chicken Kebab Wrap.
Here’s what’s on offer from on McDonald’s menus in Brazil, Canada, Dubai, Egypt, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Slovenia and Vietnam.
In Brazil, you can get your hands on a McPicanha – a burger made from picanha meat (a cut of beef popular in the country) with picanha sauce, breaded cheese, tomato, leaf mix and crispy onion on sesame seed bread.
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As a side, Brazil’s McDonald’s serve up ‘McFritas Cheddar Bacon’, also known as bacon cheese fries.
For your dessert, move over McFlurrys and apple pies… in Brazil you can get the tempting ‘Torta Banana’ – or banana pie.
If you want to share dessert with your family and friends at home, another popular option is ‘Casquinha Recheada em Casa’ (stuffed cone at home).
This dessert consists of five cones, vanilla mix and chocolate icing.
McDonald’s Brazil also offers something called ‘Mcflurry Kopenhagen Exagero’ – cold dough, pieces of milk chocolate, dark Kopenhagen ‘nuggets’ and lots of chocolate, caramel or strawberry syrup.
If you stop by a McDonald’s in the morning, you can pick up a freshly baked ‘Pão de Queijo’ (cheese bread).
If you like spice, you’ll love what McDonald’s Canada has to offer.
From the chicken burger options, you can order a Spicy Habanero McChicken, a Spicier Scotch Bonnet Pepper McChicken or Spiciest Ghost Pepper McChicken.
For breakfast, you could try a Breakfast Burrito – consisting of a savoury mix of fluffy eggs, green peppers, onions, sausage and processed cheddar cheese wrapped in a warm whole wheat flour tortilla – or even a CHICKEN McMuffin.
When it comes to fries, you can of course get the normal variety… why would you when you could try Canadian classic poutine?
In the description on the website, McDonald’s Canada writes: “Rich and tasty gravy? Melty, mouth-watering cheese curds? On our World Famous Fries? You better believe it!”
For those with a sweet tooth, there’s heart-shaped cookies in flavours including brownie, chewy oatmeal caramel, chocolate chunk and the ‘Sugar Kookie’.
And as well as apple pie, McDonald’s Canada offers another sweet alternative – strawberry pie.
The Happy Meal options in Canada are also slightly different.
As well as the chicken nugget and cheeseburger Happy Meals, you could get your little one a ‘Hotcake Happy Meal’. containing two hotcakes (pancakes to you and me), apple slices, partly skimmed milk and a strawberry yogurt tube.
In Dubai, the dessert section is supreme.
Diners can choose from red velvet cake, carrot cake, chocolate fudge cake, blueberry cheesecake, tiramisu, macarons and round brownies from the McDonald’s McCafe.
That selection of desserts is on top of the classic McFlurry which, in Dubai, comes in flavours like strawberry with KitKat, Oreo and plain KitKat with chocolate, caramel and strawberry sundaes and the same apple pies that are served in Britain.
A menu item we don’t have in the UK, is the McArabia Chicken – two pieces of grilled Halal chicken patties with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and flavoured garlic – wrapped in Arabic bread.
Part of the McDonald’s Dubai signature collection are four tempting burgers.
The Chicken Mexicano, the Extra Spicy Chicken Mexicano, the Spicy Crunchy Chicken and the Smoky BBQ (pictured above).
As well as chips and chicken nuggets offered as a side, you can also get… a banana.
Bananas are also served with chicken burger, cheeseburger, chicken nuggets and beef burger Happy Meals for kids.
The McDonald’s menu in Egypt is quite similar to the UK’s.
Happy Meal, sides and salad offerings are roughly the same – and the majority of the chicken, beef and fish options are too.
There are some things on the menu we’re missing out on.
Like Canada, McDonald’s Egypt also offers chicken for breakfast in the form of the Chicken McMuffin, the Spicy Chicken McMuffin or the Chicken and Egg McMuffin.
Also on the breakfast menu is the McFalafel, which consists of three pieces of falafel garnished with tomatoes, lettuce, onion, pickles and topped with Tehina sauce – all wrapped inside a tortilla wrap.
But one of the main differences between McDonald’s UK and McDonald’s Egypt is the drink offering.
Diners can enjoy McFizz Blue Passion, McFizz Strawberry as well as Fanta Green Apple.
And if you’re one for a dessert, McDonald’s Egypt also offers an exotic looking mango sundae.
In Finland you can enjoy a Rye Feast – succulent steak, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickles, onion, McFeast sauce, ketchup and mustard.
There are plenty of options for veggies and vegans, including the McVegan – which was actually developed in Finland.
The burger consists of soy protein steak, vegan mayonnaise, tomato, crispy salad, pickles, onion, ketchup and mustard.
Continuing with the non-meat options, McDonald’s Finland also offers Falafel Bites, which come in portions of four that can be enjoyed with an option of seven dips – three of which are vegan (BBQ, Sweet & Sour and Curry).
If dining with friends, you could get the Big Share.
The box contains six Spicy Onion Rings, six Chicken McNuggets and six Chili Cheese Tops, as well as two dips.
Each item in the box can also be ordered as a side.
If you’re a chicken fan, you could pick up the Grillhouse Chicken, the McChicken, the Chicken Burger or Chicken Supreme, which is topped with crispy nachos.
McDonald’s Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, there are plenty of items we’ve not seen before on the menu on our shores.
The breakfast menu has one quite unusual option – ‘Twisty Pasta’, with toppings including egg, sausage, grilled chicken and ham.
Smaller portions are also included in Hong Kong’s Happy Meals – but you have to order before 11am.
Also on the menu are dishes including the Hot Cakes Deluxe Breakfast, served with a hash brown and sausage.
For burgers, your options include the Chicken and Egg Burger, Ham and Cheese Burger and the Egg and Cheese Burger.
If you fancy a hot drink, there are plenty of options to choose from – such as Iced Okinawa Brown Sugar Bubble Milk Tea, Soy Milk Matcha and the Babyccino.
You can even get a slice of Earl Grey Tea Cake.
In Hungary, one of the top burgers on the menu is Camembert Jack burger – a beef patty, Camembert slices baked on the grill, with bacon slices, tomatoes, sliced sweet potato salad, red onion and lemon sandwich sauce served inside hamburger buns sprinkled with sesame and poppy seeds.
For a side, as well as regular fries, diners can also choose Borsos Potatoes – slightly spicy, peppered potato strips.
The sides menu also contains three salad options and carrot disks with a variety of dressings, olive oil and dips including garlic and BBQ.
The cakes and desserts menus are also plentiful – with items on offer including muffins stuffed with Nutella and pecan biscuits.
But you’ll also find cocoa croissants, vanilla stuffed doughnuts, profiteroles, and Day and Night cake which is made up of chocolate and white chocolate cream with a chocolate and white coating.
For breakfast, Hungarian diners can choose from double cheese toasties, ham and cheese toasties and bacon cheese toasties.
And for a snack, bacon cheese bites in a seeded bread crumb coating.
McDonald’s India is packed with tempting menu items.
As well as serving universal favourites, in India, there are several items infused by traditional ingredients and flavours.
In the Spicy Delights section of the website, diners can enjoy the McSpicy Paneer burger or the Big Spicy Paneer Wrap.
The wrap consists of soft and tender paneer in a fiery, crunchy batter, dressed with fresh veggies and seasonings and topped with creamy sauce and a dash of mustard and melted cheese.
New products on the menu include the McAloo burger, the Green Chilli McAloo Naan, the Chicken Kebab Wrap and the Salsa Bean Burger.
McDonald’s India also offers rice bowls in flavours including spicy with chicken nuggets – or chicken strips or cheesy with chicken nuggets or chicken strips.
In McDonald’s Japan, diners can enjoy a range of burgers, including the Double Teriyaki McBurger made from pork patties and finished with teriyaki flavouring.
Also in the burger section of the menu is the ‘Rich Fluffy Moon Viewing Tsukimi Burger’, with a thick scrambled eggs-like filling sandwiched between bread buns with a fluffy texture.
Another popular item on the menu is ‘Eguchi’ (egg cheeseburger).
This dish consists of 100 per cent beef patty and melted cheddar cheese topped with plump egg, and seasoned with ketchup and mustard.
You can either opt for plain potato fries or you could try something that sounds even tastier.
McDonald’s in Japan offer seasoned fries called ‘Shaka Shaka Potato Shrimp Tempura Flavor’.
The fries are flavoured with sesame oil-scented shrimp tempura seasoning, tentsuyu (tempura dip) seasoning, soy sauce and ginger.
For dessert, diners can try the small cute and round Petit Pancake portion with apple sauce and cream or popular dessert-drink The Mac Float (fizzy drink serviced with ice cream on top) in flavours including melon and grape.
Over in Mexico, it’s the breakfast menu that seems to have the most varied items.
Diners can enjoy Mexican egg, McMolletes and sausage.
McMolletes (warm bread with beans and cheese accompanied by a Mexican sauce) are also available as an option to enjoy on its own.
Most of the chicken and beef burgers seem similar to what we have in Britain with a small handful of exceptions.
On the McDonald’s Signature menu, diners can pick up the Signature BBQ Crispy Onion burger or the Signature Clubhouse burger.
With sides, as well as the usual plain fries, Mexican diners can order McPatatas, which come fully-seasoned and are recommended alongside the restaurant’s famous McQueso sauce (cheese sauce).
Drink options include Mango Pineapple smoothie.
For dessert, ice cream cones and sundaes in flavours including chocolate and strawberry.
McDonald’s Philippines has a less extensive menu.
But a lot of what they offer isn’t available at British restaurants.
For starters, McDonald’s Philippines serves fried chicken. Diners can order ‘Chicken McDo’ in platters served with sides including rice and even ‘McSpaghetti’.
Some of the burger offerings are very different from what we’re used.
As well as the usuals like quarter pounders with cheese and McChicken sandwiches, McDonald’s Philippines also serve up breakfast options like the Cheesy Eggdesal – melty cheese wrapped in a fluffy, folded egg, sandwiched between a soft, toasted pandesal bun (a traditional bread roll in the Philippines).
And when it comes to desert, diners can enjoy sweet treats including Dark Chocolate Cake, chocolate chip cookies, blueberry cheesecake and Oreo cheesecake from the McDonald’s McCafe.
The restaurants also offer something called ‘Ube McDip’ which consists of creamy, vanilla soft serve ice cream covered in a crisp, delicious ube (purple yam) hard shell.
In Poland, one of the show stoppers on the burger is the Maestro Grilled Cheese.
It features juicy beef, crunchy bacon slices, a melted cheese cutlet and cheddar cheese with pickles, roasted onion and an American-style mustard sauce and ketchup.
You could also try the Twarożek i Rzodkiewka McMuffin (Cottage Cheese and Radish McMuffin) and other breakfast muffins which include egg and mushroom, chicken and pork.
As well as fries, you can order a portion of homemade potatoes – which look like thinner versions of British wedges – with cream sauce.
For dessert, McDonald’s Poland offers three flavours of macarons – vanilla, raspberry and chocolate – as well as popcorn and raspberry brownies.
You can also get your hands on hot seasonal cookies and croissants with almond filling.
On the drinks menu, you can choose from cherry milkshake, fresh lemonade and the lemonade espresso.
McDonald’s South Africa
In South Africa, you can order the Spicy Chicken Foldover, made up of two succulent tender chicken patties wrapped in a flatbread with crispy lettuce, onion, tomato and spicy hot sauce.
You could also get your hands on the Double Jalapeno Chicken Burger and the Grand Chicken Spicy.
On the burger menu, some of the options include the BBQ Double, Chilli Cheese Double and the Boerie Burger which is features a sausage-flavoured burger topped with grilled fresh onion, ketchup and mustard on a freshly toasted bun.
For the first meal of the day, the restaurant offers the SA Breakfast which consists of two boerie patties, grilled onions, tomato, scrambled eggs, fries and a freshly toasted bun.
Or you could also get Boerie and Egg or Boerie and Hash Brown Burgers.
The drinks menu includes Creme Soda, Green Apple McFizz, and customer favourite Watermelon McFizz,
And for dessert – plain, caramel or chocolate ice cream cones and sundaes.
In Slovenia, one of the items British diners would definitely love to get their hands on is the Party Bucket.
The bucket consists 12 pieces of Chicken McNuggets and 8 chicken pieces, two sauces and two small portions of fries.
And sticking with the party theme, McDonald’s Slovenia also serves strawberry or chocolate birthday cake especially for toddlers.
But there are plenty of other desserts on offer too, including raspberry pie with cream cheese, Oreo doughnut, muffin stuffed with Nutella and a Milka and Daim doughnut.
Burgers from Slovenia have names including BBQ Bob, BBQ Billy and BBQ Betty and you can get sides like shrimp with cocktail sauce, spiced BBQ wings, and McFlavour Cheddar and Bacon Fries.
As well as breakfast items we commonly see in the UK, over there you can also order tomato and feta toasties – with the ingredients stuffed inside bread similar to a pitta pocket.
An interesting feature on the menu is the type of items you can order your coffee in.
Instead of cups, you can order your coffee in an edible, crunchy espresso or macchiato cone lined with chocolate and served with whipped cream.
Big contenders on Vietnam’s menu include the Teriyaki Burger, the McSpicy Chicken Burger, and the Pork Burger with Cheese.
And there’s also an extensive fried chicken menu with plenty of offerings.
As well as McNuggets, you can get fried, crunchy chicken wings and chicken pieces, which are served in portions of up to nine pieces per meal.
And as well as normal fries, you can get potato ‘Loops’.
But there is also a healthier selection of dishes alongside our fast food favourites.
McDonald’s Vietnam offer rice dishes including rice, sliced cucumber and sliced tomatoes served with egg, pork and chicken.
In the dessert section from the McCafe, there’s an extensive offering of sweet treats – tiramisu cake, lemon yogurt cheesecake, baked cheesecake, banana cake, chocolate brownie, chocolate nut crackers, coconut macaron cake, green tea scones and rum chocolate cake.
McDonald’s restaurants that sell beer
As well as missing out on various food items, British diners are also missing out on the chance to enjoy a pint with their meal.
In Spain, diners can enjoy a nice, cold glass of Mahou beer – with a non-alcoholic version also available.
Customers of McDonald’s in Belgium are able to order Jupiler, which the restaurant describe as ‘the number one beer’ in ‘the land of beers’.
You can get Pilsner Urquell from McDonald’s Czech Republic for just 39 CZK (approximately £1.30).
And Sagres is available from McDonald’s in Portugal.
On the FAQ page of McDonald’s main website, some customers asked why UK restaurants don’t sell beer like other European countries.
McDonald’s replied: “Although a number of European McDonald’s markets serve alcoholic beverages as part of their menu, it’s not something that fits with the family-friendly focus of our restaurants in the U.K.
“There also isn’t huge customer demand for it.”
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