I'm not ashamed to admit I get cravings for McDonald's, just like anybody else. Despite eating a multitude of fabulous Korean dishes throughout my time here, sometimes I just want fast food and something "Western." McDonald's has quickly become my go-to for this fix because although they have many Korean-influenced menu items, they serve a number of the signature American staples. Many of my fellow expats in Korea know what I mean. Even when dining out at "Western" restaurants, 99% of the time the food will still be Korean style.
McDonald's has also piqued my interest in new mash-ups of individual menu items as well as something new altogether (corn soup, anyone?). Take a look at the menu items we've seen and eaten at McDonald's in Korea below.
- Shanghai Chicken Snack Wrap - I haven't tried this out for breakfast, but I'm a fan of it as a snack. So why not breakfast, too? A spicy chicken strip and spicy mayo all rolled into a convenient little wrap.
- Bulgogi Burger - Sweeter than the usual bulgogi marinade, it serves as the sauce on top of the burger. If you're a fan of sweeter than usual bulgogi, this is right up your alley.
- Hambak Burger - Imagine a sweet tomato-based barbeque sauce drenching a burger. There's your Hambak Burger.
- Big Mac BLT - I think the last time I ate a regular Big Mac was probably in high school. The addition of bacon and tomato wasn't a bad idea at all.
- 1955 and Double 1955 Burger - I ordered this back in the summer and it had a crispy hash brown in the middle of it. Although, the last time I looked, it's sans hash brown. It was an absolute mess to eat, but completely worth it.
- Supreme Shrimp Burger - I think this is Korea's answer to the Filet-o-Fish. A crispy shrimp patty sandwiched between a bun with plenty of spicy mayo sauce.
- Shrimp Beef Burger - Surf and Turf, McDonald's style. I haven't ventured to try this behemoth yet, but it's the Supreme Shrimp Burger plus a beef patty.
- Golden Egg Cheeseburger - Golden Egg from the Golden Arches. Everything's better with an egg on it, if you're into that.
- Corn Soup - As I mentioned in my Korean Snacks post, corn soup is an incredibly popular flavor for snacks here. Corns abundance as a crop has been put to good use in this soup.
- Golden Mozzarella Cheese Sticks - Who doesn't love a good cheese stick? These were a surprising find on the sides menu, but they almost eclipse my love for the OG french fries. Almost.
- Shanghai Chicken Snack Wrap - Same as mentioned from the breakfast menu above.
- Wedge Fries - These were offered for a little bit during the summer. I am an equal opportunity fries fan, as long as they're crispy. The seasoned and crispy wedges did not let me down.
- McSpicy Shanghai Burger - Reminds me of the usual spicy chicken sandwich, nothing particularly special despite the jazzy name.
- Crispy Oriental Burger - Change the McSpicy Shanghai Burger to dark meat, add onions and pickles and you've got the Crispy Oriental Burger.
- McSpicy Chicken Tenders - Spicy is the default here, no buttermilk or glazed options. Served alongside only three sauce options: cajun, sweet chili or sweet and sour.
- Cajun - Basically a spicy mayo blend.
- Sweet Chili - Equal parts spicy and sweet.
- Sweet and Sour - Exactly as it tastes in the States. More sour than sweet.
- Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie - Chocolate crust, sweet cream cheese and raspberry filling. A surefire trio in handheld form.
- Oreo Affogato - A dessert mix up of crumbled Oreos, espresso and vanilla soft serve. An inspired take on the traditional affogato.
- Seasonal Dipped Cones - Spring brought the cherry blossom flavored dipped cone. So far it's back to chocolate dipped cones, even though I was thinking they'd take advantage of the pumpkin spice lovers out there for a fall version of the cult classic.
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