Japanese McCulture

27 Apr

McDonalds is the epitome of American fast-food pop-culture.
But McDonalds has expanded to many countries around the world. Some people think that that’s a bad thing…but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with eating fast-food—as long as it’s done in moderation.

If you visit McDonalds in another country, you may be surprised by some of the items on the menu. McDonalds has “basically” the same menu in all of their stores…but they customize the menu in each country to appeal to the tastes of the “locals”.

I wrote a post (click here) that shows some of the unique items on the menu at McDonalds in Japan.

Besides the unique “only-in-Japan” items that are always on McDonalds menu here, they also occasionally offer temporary “only-in-Japan” items.

Currently, McDonalds Japan has the 「メガてりやきバーガー」 (“Mega-Teriyaki Burger”) and in the kids’ 「ハッピーセット」 (“Happy Meal”) there’s a choice of either a 「ドラゴンボール改」 (“Dragon Ball”) or a 「たまごっち」 (“Tamagocchi”) toy.

"Mega-Teriyaki Burger"

"Dragon Ball" or "Tamagocchi" toy in the Happy Meal.

Have you been to a McDonalds in another country? Did you try a “local” menu item?
Have you been to McDonalds in Japan? Did you try the “Teriyaki Burger”?

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16 Responses to “Japanese McCulture”

  1. jaydeejapan April 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Coincidentally, I’m eating McDonald’s right now. But it’s a double quarter pounder. I’m not interested in the mega teriyaki burger. I don’t like the dressing/white sauce on it.

    Have you tried Kua’Aina?

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    • tokyo5 April 28, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

      >I’m not interested in the mega teriyaki burger.

      Actually, I won’t buy it either.

      >Have you tried Kua’Aina?

      Is that the Hawaiian burger place in Tokyo? I ate there once…tasted good, but overpriced, I thought.

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      • jaydeejapan April 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

        Yeah, it is the Hawaiian place. They have several places. I eat at the one in Kamakura. It is good, and yes, it is a bit expensive.

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      • tokyo5 April 29, 2011 at 12:18 am #

        Personally, my favorite restaurants are the ones that you have to be a local to know about.
        Those are the ones that serve good portions of good food at good prices.

        You probably know of such places in Kanagawa…I know many in Tokyo.

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      • jaydeejapan April 29, 2011 at 12:28 am #

        That’s true. But it seems to be that the places I go to locally also happen to be chain restaurants. However, there is a good yakiniku place just 5 minutes from my apartment.

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      • tokyo5 April 29, 2011 at 12:34 am #

        Yakiniku is good. And many of those restaurants have 食べ放題 (“all-you-can-eat”) specials.

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  2. musings April 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    I believe we’ve got the teriyaki burger thing here in Hawaii also, but I don’t know if it’s a limited time thing. I do know they serve saimin (ramen). Do you still have that Moss Burger? I think that’s what it’s called.

    I’ve got a post coming up tomorrow about kanji, by the way. 🙂

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    • tokyo5 April 28, 2011 at 12:39 am #

      >the teriyaki burger thing here in Hawaii also, but I don’t know if it’s a limited time thing.

      The Teriyaki Burger is a permanent menu item (and has been for many years) here too…but the Mega-Teriyaki Burger is temporary.

      >I do know they serve saimin (ramen).

      Japanese people love Ramen, but McDonalds in Japan doesn’t sell it!

      >Do you still have that Moss Burger?

      Yes, Mos Burger is still in Japan. I seldom eat there though…it’s kinda pricey.

      >I’ve got a post coming up tomorrow about kanji

      I already commented on it! 😉

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  3. gigihawaii April 27, 2011 at 2:09 am #

    I ate a burger at Burger King in Korea, and breakfast at McDonald’s in Tokyo. Tastes the same as in Hawaii — which is good when you are hungry.

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    • tokyo5 April 28, 2011 at 12:30 am #

      When you got the breakfast at McDonalds in Japan, did you know that their coffee is “bottomless cup”?

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      • gigihawaii April 28, 2011 at 2:48 am #

        We didn’t eat inside the restaurant. Hubby brought the food back to the hotel. I didn’t like their coffee, because it was too sweet for my taste.

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      • tokyo5 April 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

        >I didn’t like their coffee, because it was too sweet for my taste.

        Really? I don’t have a “sweet tooth”. I think the “coffee” at Starbucks is too sweet. McDonalds’ coffee is good, I think.

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  4. bartman905 April 27, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    In Canada, there is a McDonald’s Angus Burger, I think was introduced in 2008, which is currently being heavily promoted. I haven’t tried it yet.

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    • tokyo5 April 28, 2011 at 12:28 am #

      I found an ad from McDonalds Canada for the Angus Burger, here:

      I think the “Deluxe” looks pretty good.

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  5. Rachael April 27, 2011 at 1:30 am #

    I have been to McDonald’s in both Sydney and Dublin (out of curiosity) – both I got just a standard cheeseburger. Sydney tasted amazing, and this was at a time when I already stopped eating 95% fast food, including McD. Dublin tasted just as bad as it does here in the States =P

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    • tokyo5 April 28, 2011 at 12:23 am #

      Does McDonalds in Australia and Ireland have their own original menu too?

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