Top 5 Foreign McDonald's Menu Items I Wish Were Available in the U.S.

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Photo by Joanna O'Leary.
That green gloop is surprisingly good.
One of the things I like best about traveling abroad is the opportunity to try new foods. McDonald's isn't the first restaurant I go to after clearing border patrol, but I confess I do always at least peek at (and sometimes sample) the weird, wonderful world of foreign fast food. Here are five McDonald's items from other countries that I wish were available in the U.S. of A.

5. Gemüse Nuggets. Fifteen years ago (God, I'm old), I was an exchange student in Graz, Austria, home of schnitzel, strudel, and gemüse nuggets. That's Deutsch for vegetable nuggets -- that is to say, clumps of peas, corn, carrots, and potatoes coated in batter and deep-fried. My 14-year-old self usually snubbed Mickey D's for its unhealthful fare but made an exception for these veggie treats.

4. My Poutine. Fries with gravy and cheese. How can that not be sold at McDonald's? I've had poutine in Canada and in Houston (though many argued that version was overdone and "inauthentic"). Now, want it passed to me through a drive-thru window. Unfortunately, however, this is not Montreal.

3. Green Tea Ice Cream Sundae. I had some of the most memorable meals of my life in Hong Kong, including one fateful late-night dessert run to the McDonald's next to my hotel. My friend and I were craving soft-serve, and though chocolate and butterscotch were available, the green tea sundae was too bizarre (to us) to pass up. Syrupy but not to sweet, the green tea topping added an earthy twist to sweet vanilla creams.

2. Big Spicy Paneer Wrap. Part of McDonald's India's new "spicy delights" menu, the BSPW takes the subcontinent's most famous cheese to another level. The website pitch says it all:

"Get ready to elevate your taste quotient with the superior, sizzling Paneer Wrap. Exquisitely picked, soft and tender paneer overwhelmed with a fiery, crunchy batter and dressed with fresh veggies & seasonings. Generously topped with a creamy sauce and a dash of mustard & melted cheese that surprise your taste buds each time you sink you teeth into it."

Makes other more, um, traditional paneer dishes seem quite lame.

1. McHuevo. For this alone I would move permanently to Uruguay, a country obviously on the cutting edge of burger construction by institutionalizing the addition of mayo and ova to the burger. I've proffered the fried egg as the No. 1 fail-safe food add-on, but the poached egg is perhaps more fitting (literally) for McDonald's perfectly round bun. The only thing better would be a double.



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Swifferchick
Swifferchick

We in the Netherlands have the McKroket. You really should try it!!

Pam
Pam

In Italy they have Caprese salads and coffee milkshakes YUM!

Brent Jatko
Brent Jatko

When I was in London in late April 2001, a McDonald's in Chelsea had a lamb rogan josh lunch special

ez
ez

Fried Spam and rice at Mickie D's in Hawaii!

carrie
carrie

yeah, you are 29.  ancient.

Maggie
Maggie

When I was in England one summer they had Rolo Shakes. Not Rolo McFlurrys. These were milkshakes flavored like Rolos. SO GOOD.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

Go get the Tex-Cajun virgin at BB's.  Do not pass Go.  Do not collect $200.

Matthew
Matthew

pomme frite sauce in france.

Sam Brown
Sam Brown

My favorites are from Asia.  There's a Shanghai Spicy Chicken Sandiwch in Korea, as well as a Shrimp Burger, which is just funny to eat.

Japan has the McPork, which is sort of like a McRib, just less offensive due to the fact that it isn't pressed into rib-shape.

Joanna
Joanna

Does it come with a side of pineapple? :-)

Joanna
Joanna

I'm not 29. Why do you think so?

Khalil McMillan
Khalil McMillan

LOL!  I don't eat pork, but the comment was witty none the less.

Joanna
Joanna

Doh! Ah, the powers of addition. Actually I mistyped as I was 15 then, which makes sense 'cause I am 30 now. Sorry, carrie!

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