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Fast Food Fridays: The Chicken McRib

4 Oct
Chicken McRib

I was halfway through my Chicken McRib when I realized I forgot to take a photo.

What, you’ve never heard of chicken ribs? They’re just like baby backs, but for when you’re watching portion sizes. In all seriousness, the Chicken McRib is the halal-ified answer to the regular McRib. Just like the pork version, the Chicken McRib is mechanically separated (chicken) meat formed into a rib-shaped patty and slathered with barbecue sauce. To be honest, it’s been so long since I’ve had a McRib (which is a regular menu item in Germany) that I don’t really remember what it tastes like, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out with the chicken. There’s also a double version, but you’re better off just ordering two sandwiches, as the pickle/onion-to-meat ratio is off on the double.

I’m not sure how the Chicken McRib is “awesome in more ways than one.” I guess it’s awesome that there’s a pork-free version of the cult favorite, but that’s only one kind of awesomeness. Anyway, if we’re talking about awesome chicken-based replacements, I think the shout-out should go to the chicken sausage they use in the McMuffins here. I actually prefer it to the pork version, which is not something I say very often (OK, ever).

Personally, my favorite seasonal McDonald’s item in KL is still the GCB (grilled chicken burger). Also, waffle fries, which are even better than the regular fries. What’s your favorite seasonal Mickie D’s? Tell me in the comments!



7 Feb

With the Superbowl yesterday (this morning, for me; and yes, I did get up at 8 AM to watch it), it seemed like an appropriate occasion to post about the Prosperity Burger that the McDonalds here has been promoting. So I called up McDelivery and got myself a Prosperity set for dinner. That’s right, McDonalds in Malaysia delivers, so you don’t even need to get in the car for the drive-through. The Prosperity Burger is a seasonal item, like the Shamrock Shake, and its annual appearance for Chinese New Year is much anticipated. Unfortunately, like the Shamrock Shake, the real thing is underwhelming.

A most auspicious Value Meal

I got the chicken version, hoping it would be like the short-lived GCB (grilled, marinated boneless chicken thigh — why couldn’t you bring that back, Mickey D’s?) but it turned out to be chicken patties, like turkey burgers. This was actually less objectionable than one might think, when slathered with the much-hyped black pepper sauce, which tasted like brown gravy that someone dumped half a jar of pepper into. Next time I might try A&W’s version, which is supposed to have mushrooms. (Malaysia is like the Branson of languishing fast food franchises: in addition to A&W, Kenny Roger’s Roasters and Tony Roma’s enjoy a popularity here unimagined in their home country.)

The set came with “twister” fries, which are curly fries by another name, and a Prosperity McFizz, which was basically Orangina. The McFizz was the highlight of the meal: refreshing and not too sweet.

Don’t worry…I had a salad, too. But that didn’t come by McDelivery.