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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!

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Dr. Frank-N-Furter

29 Jul

My trip to the US entailed spending a lot of time at the Frankfurt airport — 6 hours on the way there, 8 hours on the way back. With a baby. There are, certainly, worse airports to while away the day — LAX comes to mind — but Frankfurt is no Changi. Or even Schipol (which, I hear, has excellent facilities for keeping your kids entertained). The biggest problem is that you have to go through passport control when exiting the terminal, so unless you’re willing to go through all the security, you’re kind of stuck. (I was actually game, but the nice man at the Lufthansa counter strongly advised against it, and I figured he knew what he was talking about.) On top of this, the Lufthansa lounge had no day passes, so I couldn’t even pay to get in. At least there were showers (though only Euros or USD are accepted, which is problematic when flying in from Malaysia.) And the free airport wifi only lasts 30 minutes!

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Seasonal McD’s: Matcha Shake and McNuggets with Plum Sauce

23 Apr

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Last month saw me back in Tokyo for my grandma’s 99th birthday. I hope that I’m as accomplished of a cook when I get to be her age; she still makes her own pickles, and has never used a microwave. (I’ve blogged about her cooking here and here.)

This post, however, is about cuisine that’s 180 degrees from my grandma’s from-scratch dinners. Since they don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Japanese have no Shamrock Shake, but this spring McD’s offered a Japanese take on the green classic: matcha (green tea) flavor. At 120 yen it’s a fraction of the cost of a green tea Frappuccino; unfortunately, it’s a fraction of the flavor, as well. The shake tasted less like green tea and more like those soaps that are supposed to be green tea-scented, in some universe where green tea smells like cheap perfume. The greenness of the shake also left something to be desired. Things made with actual matcha are a vibrant green; this shake looked more like it had been flavored with green tea dregs.

The other seasonal offering was plum dipping sauce for McNuggets, which I haven’t had in ages. The plum in question is the Japanese plum, or ume, which is one of the first flowers of spring, though cherry blossoms get all the glory. The plums are quite tart and are usually pickled (umeboshi) or used for plum wine. So the dipping sauce wasn’t the sweet plum sauce that comes with Chinese duck, but rather a sour-salty version. It made for a refreshing (in a slightly artificial sort of way) contrast to the fried nuggets.

Eine Kleine McRibster

12 Mar

I can’t believe I was actually at a McDonalds in Austria (don’t judge me, it was a train station and the McDonalds was right there) and I didn’t eat this. Apparently it’s the winner of a burger contest called Mein Burger, proving yet again that everything sounds more ominous in German. (For example: the German for pork is “Schweinefleische,” which I can only say with the most ridiculous Frau Blücher accent, even in my head.) The sandwich is a deep-fried McRib topped with honey-mustard sauce, chili sauce, bacon, and cheese, sort of a wienerschnitzel on a bun. Between this and the fancy pastries at the McCafè — they’ve got “McCarons”! — it seems even more unfair that Austrians remain so svelte. Unfortunately, the McRibster is only on sale until the end of March, so I’ve missed my one chance. If there are any (Schweinefleische-eating) SOK readers visiting Austria, do try it out and let me know how awesome it was.

McProsperity

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.