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Fast-Food Menu Items You'll Only Find Abroad

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Chicken Big Mac
McDonald's UK

Fast Food Around the World

Just because some of the world's biggest fast-food chains originated in the U.S. doesn't mean the iconic food items they created were perfected here. Predictably familiar names, such as McDonald's and KFC, diversify their international offerings to suit local tastes. The Chicken Big Mac, for instance, with its tempura chicken patties instead of beef, was such a hit in the U.K. that it's coming across the pond for a test run in Miami. 


Which of these unique menu items found only in other countries would you like to see make the leap to the U.S. as well? Tell us in the comments.


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Some items are seasonal, may not be available at all locations, or may be discontinued.

Salted Chicken Pizza
Pizza Hut Taiwan

No. 1 Salted Chicken Pizza

Where to Find It: Pizza Hut, Taiwan

Pizza-crust haters might actually have a reason to eat an entire slice in Taiwan: Oreos. Pizza Hut has introduced pizza there, the inconspicuously named No. 1 Salted Chicken Pizza, that includes whole Oreos baked into the outer crust. The cookies are topped off with a sprinkle of melted Parmesan cheese, naturally, though the pizza is topped with spicy popcorn chicken, tempura, and fried squid rings. If you happen to be in Taiwan, you can order this dinner-dessert hybrid for less than $14. A bargain, indeed.


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Mac 'N Cheese Kentaco
Kentucky Fried Chicken

Mac 'N Cheese Kentaco

Where to Find it: KFC, Singapore

If you're someone who orders a side of mac 'n cheese with your bucket of chicken when you visit Colonel Sanders, KFC Singapore's limited-time Mac 'n Cheese Kentaco simplifies your order in a rather unusual way. The "taco shell" is made entirely of crispy fried chicken, and the filling is none other than creamy macaroni and cheese. 


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34 Topping Pizza
Domino's Pizza Japan, Inc.

'Best 34' Pizza

Where to Find It: Domino's, Japan

Most of us have entered the pineapple-on-pizza debate: You either love it or you think it's disgusting and immoral. Whatever your stance, Domino's in Japan has unveiled a 34-topping pizza, presumably in a bid to give us something a little more extreme to argue about. The pizza, separated into four quadrants, includes three different sauces. In everything-but-the-kitchen-sink fashion, the toppings include octopus, mussels, asparagus, mayonnaise, rice cakes, and beef ribs. There are also more pedestrian additions, including two kinds of pepperoni. Don't worry, pineapple haters: The juicy yellow fruit is one of the few things not included on this smorgasbord in a pizza box.

Cilantro Sundae McDonald’s China
McDonald’s China

Cilantro Sundae

Where to Find It: McDonald's, China

Would you like soap with that? Cilantro haters of the world are collectively retching at this McDonald's sundae in China. It starts out innocently enough with vanilla soft serve, but it's also doused with a disturbingly lime-green sauce and a hefty pile of dried cilantro leaves. Some testers report that the cilantro sauce tastes more like mint and lime, which even cilantro lovers can probably agree probably tastes better than the world's most divisive herb. Twitter, of course, had some thoughts. "I puke a little every time I look at it," one user said. Another proclaimed it "a crime against humanity."

Chili Paste Pork Ice Cream
McDonald's Thailand

Chili Paste Pork Ice Cream

Where to Find It: McDonald’s, Thailand

Turns out that China doesn't have a monopoly on weird McDonald's ice cream. McDonald’s locations in Thailand debuted a dessert you can, um, really sink your teeth into. Chili paste pork ice cream was on the menu through April 2022. The spicy, meaty treat featured vanilla soft serve topped with chili paste and shredded pork floss, which is supposed to have a light and fluffy texture. We never thought we'd say it, but … maybe it's better if the ice-cream machine stays broken?

Fizzy Pop Chicken Popeyes Singapore
Popeyes Singapore

Fizzy Pop Chicken

Where to Find It: Popeyes, Singapore

Who doesn't love exploding fried chicken? Popeyes in Singapore offered bone-in fried chicken with a sweet and spicy sauce made from tomatoes and chili peppers, but that's not the fun part — customers were also given a container of "fizzy seasoning" to sprinkle on their chicken prior to eating. For anyone who ate Pop Rocks as a kid, this might be a familiar taste sensation. Fizzy Pop Chicken was available in late 2021 for a limited time.

Pig's Blood and Century Eggs Pizza Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut Taiwan/Facebook

Pig's Blood and Century Eggs Pizza

Where to Find It: Pizza Hut, Taiwan

Be careful what you post on social media, because restaurant chains are paying attention — and they'll whip up weird new foods you may (or may not) actually want. After Pizza Hut Taiwan discovered preserved eggs and a street food made with sticky rice and pig's blood were generating tons of buzz, it decided to put both on a pizza in mid-2021. Amazingly, the stunt worked. Sales for the pizza broke a previous record set in 2019 for durian pizza — and one was bought every 8 seconds. The new pizza sold out just four days after it launched. 


KURO NINJA BURGER
Burger King Japan

Kuro Ninja Burger

Where to Find It: Burger King, Japan
Burger King celebrated its five-year anniversary in the Japanese market with the release of the eye-catching Kuro burger, its bun colored stark black with bamboo charcoal. Only a year later, it unveiled the Kuro Ninja burger, featuring an enormous bacon "tongue" protruding from either side of the bun. Two of Burger King's other Japan-specific offerings are the Garlic Meat Beast burger and the BK Ringo, topped with cinnamon-spiced grilled apples and cinnamon mayo.

Chili Cheese Nuggets
Burger King Cyprus

Chili Cheese Nuggets

Where to Find It: Burger King, Europe
Select Burger King outlets throughout Europe, including in the U.K. and as far south as the island of Cyprus, offer fried nuggets filled with hot, chili-spiced cheese. It's unclear why Burger King hasn't yet introduced these melty jalapeno popper-esque sides to its U.S. menus.

McCurry Wurst
McDonald's Germany

McCurry Wurst

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Germany
One distinctive McDonald's offering in Germany is a platter of currywurst, a street food dish of steamed and grilled sausage served with curry-spiced ketchup. The German sausage specialties don't end there, however; there's also the pun-tastic Nürnburger, featuring little more than three pork sausage links on a bun.

Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza
Pizza Hut

Hot Dog Stuffed-Crust Pizza

Where to Find It: Pizza Hut, U.K.
Starting in 2012, international Pizza Hut locations in the U.K., Canada, Australia, and South Korea began offering another stuffed-crust pizza, this time with hot dogs baked into the dough. This excessive crossover of two American fast-food staples appeared in U.S. stores briefly in 2015, with a different shape accommodating many miniature weenies and regular or salted pretzel crust options.

Red Bean Bagel Ball
Dunkin' Donuts South Korea

Red Bean Bagel Ball

Where to Find It: Dunkin', South Korea
Dunkin' seriously diversifies its menus to suit local tastes in many countries. In South Korea, the menu boasts donut hole-like bagel balls filled with your choice of red bean, green tea, red velvet, or tomato-flavored paste. It also offers red bean or kimchi-filled doughnuts and "glutinous rice sticks," and, on the savory side, a jalapeno and bulgogi beef-stuffed "hot bread."

McKroket
McDonald's Netherlands

McKroket

Where to Find It: McDonald's, The Netherlands
The Dutch-originated McKroket sandwich features a deep-fried patty of mixed ground beef and cheese topped with a mustard sauce. McDonald's locations in the European nation are also more accommodating to dietary restrictions, offering gluten-free burgers and vegetarian fried "chicken" sandwiches.

Stroopwafel McFlurry
Ryan M./Yelp

Stroopwafel McFlurry

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Netherlands

For dessert, Netherlanders can try McFlurries flavored like strawberry cheesecake or stroopwafels, a crisp cookie originating from the city of Gouda made with two wafers and a thin layer of caramel in between. The international offering was only briefly made available in the Miami-Dade area during a promotion in 2018.

X-TRA LONG CHILI CHEESEBURGER
Burger King UK

X-tra Long Chili Cheeseburger

Where to Find It: Burger King, Europe
Burger King locations in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands offer this sub-sized sandwich consisting of three beef patties topped with chili sauce, jalapeno, and melted cheddar. An alternate version comes with barbecue sauce and onion rings and, unlike some of the other items on this list, the sandwich seems palatable (if fatty) enough to make one wonder why it isn't a staple at U.S. Burger King shops, too.

Macca's Loaded Truffle Mayo + Parmesan Fries
Macca's Loaded Truffle Mayo + Parmesan Fries by Miss Shari (CC BY-NC-ND)

Truffle Mayo and Parmesan Loaded Fries

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Australia
In Australia, McDonald's — or Macca's in the local parlance — gets fancy with its fry options. In addition to the truffle-infused variety, it also has loaded fries topped with guacamole and salsa, bacon and cheese sauce, or sweet chili and sour cream. It's also launched a line of "gourmet creations" burgers that come slathered with truffle mayo.

Jollof Rice
KFC Nigeria

Jollof Rice

Where to Find It: KFC, Africa
KFC has the most established market presence in South Africa, but it also caters to other African nations with offerings such as spicy jollof rice, a staple one-pot West African dish available as a side at their Nigerian locations. KFCs in Negeria and in other nations where spicy foods are the norm also generally place more emphasis on their hot and spicy fried chicken recipes.

Mashed Potato Burger
McDonald's China

Mashed Potato Burger

Where to Find It: McDonald's, China
In 2012, McDonald's locations in China unveiled the Mashed Potato Burger. Topped with bacon and mashed potatoes, advertising for the burger targeted the "manly man." And on Chinese breakfast menus, you may find a twisty pasta dish in broth and veggies, topped with your choice of boneless chicken or sausage and egg.

Pumpkin Burger
Burger King Japan

Pumpkin Burger

Where to Find It: Burger King, Japan

Japanese Burger Kings offered this seasonal burger featuring slices of fried kabocha squash – often referred to as Japanese pumpkin  for a limited time back in autumn of 2012. Menu items you can find any time of year at the chain's Japanese restaurants include fried cheese bites, a hash brown-topped Whopper, and hot dogs.

Pizza Hut Birizza
Pizza Hut Birizza by Shirish Sen (CC BY-NC-ND)

Birizza

Where to Find It: Pizza Hut, India
Starting in 2014, Pizza Huts in India began selling a pizza-flavored version of the rich dish biryani, which comes topped with a seasoned crust and a side of masala gravy. When it comes to its pizzas, some toppings you'll only find in India include soy protein chunks, paneer cheese, baby corn, and Lebanese-spiced chicken.

McMollete
McDonald's Mexico

McMollete

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Mexico
If you're eating breakfast at a McDonald's south of the border, you might try the McMollete: three open-faced sandwiches topped with refried beans, cheese, and pico de gallo salsa. Its version of the traditional mollete substitutes English muffin for crusty bolillos and processed American cheese for Monterey Jack.

CHEESE TOP BURGER
KFC Philippines

Cheese Top Burger

Where to Find It: KFC, Philippines
This menu item is worth noting if only for how inexplicable it seems to foreigners unfamiliar with Filipino cuisine. It's a chicken sandwich with a slice of American cheese draped inconveniently over the top bun rather than inside, bearing some similarity to ensaymadas — pastries topped with shredded cheese. Other Filipino KFC offerings include Kung Pao chicken bowls, sweet sauced spaghetti, and the "Maki Twister" chicken wrap made with Japanese mayo, mango, and cucumber.

A Kiwiburger with its top bun opened for its inside reference
A Kiwiburger with its top bun opened for its inside reference by Lcmortensen (CC BY-SA)

Kiwiburger

Where to Find It: McDonald's, New Zealand
At McDonald's locations in New Zealand, the Kiwiburger is the chain's take on a typical New Zealand hamburger, which comes topped with fried egg and red beetroot slices. Because red beetroot isn't used in any other McDonald's products, the sandwich has been subject to intermittent discontinuations. Kiwi customers can then default to other distinct menu items like the Spicy Nashville Chicken Burger or the NYC Benedict Bagel sandwich.

Kebab Pizza
Courtesy of Domino's Netherlands

Kebab Pizza

Where to Find It: Domino's, France, The Netherlands
Kebabs are a major street food throughout Europe, so Domino's locations in some countries capitalize on their popularity by putting the components on a pizza. Supplementing the standard fixings of tomato sauce and mozzarella are red onion, chicken kebab, and a drizzle of creamy garlic sauce.

Dragon Twister from KFC Delivery
Dragon Twister from KFC Delivery by N509FZ (CC BY-SA)

Dragon Twister, 'Sushirittos' & Sweet Egg Rolls

Where to Find It: KFC, China
KFC got the jump on competitors when it opened its first Chinese branch in 1987. It remains the nation's biggest fast-food chain by catering extensively to regional tastes and dining customs. Menu items unfamiliar to Westerners include sweet egg tarts, seaweed rice bowls, congee rice porridge, and "sushirittos." There's also the Dragon Twister, in which a thin, pancake-like exterior is filled with spring onions, sweet bean sauce, and a Peking Duck-style chicken filet.

McArabia
McDonald's Arabia

McArabia

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Middle East
Also called the McKebab in Israel or the McTurco in Turkey, this pita sandwich is one of McDonald's flagship offerings across the Middle East. It comes with either grilled chicken or beef and lamb meatballs called kofta. Other versions, offered for a limited time or only in certain regions, contain extras like halloumi cheese, eggplant, and sujuk sausage.

Chicken Tikka Sandwich
Subway UK

Chicken Tikka Sandwich

Where to Find It: Subway, U.K.
The English have an enduring love of Indian cuisine given their colonial history with the country — not to mention the U.K.'s sizeable population of people of Indian descent, in part a result of that history — which is why Subways in the U.K. offer this sandwich with tikka masala-spiced chicken breast. Other unique proteins offered include slices of Spanish chorizo and a veggie patty made with soy, carrots, corn, and red peppers.

Veg Rice Bowl
KFC India

Veg Rice Bowl

Where to Find It: KFC, India
KFC menus in India may be a bit more recognizable to Americans, but with some new vegetarian options courting the nearly 40% of Indian households that don't eat meat. Both the Veg Zinger sandwich and veg rice bowl

https://online.kfc.co.in/menu/rice-bowlz

 replace the chain's signature chicken with breaded, deep-fried patties derived from a melange of vegetables such as corn, carrots, peas, and potatoes.

McSpicy Paneer
McDonald's India

McSpicy Paneer

Where to Find It: McDonald's, India
As many in India are vegetarian or don't eat beef for religious reasons, Indian McDonald's locations lack almost all of their U.S. menu staples and carry numerous meat-free main dishes instead. The McAloo and McVeggie sandwiches, for example, contain homemade veggie patties made from chickpeas and a blend of peas, carrots, potatoes, peppers, and spices, respectively, while the McSpicy Paneer is built on a spiced, breaded slab of the firm, yet mild Indian cheese and tandoori sauce.

Beer from McDonald's
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Beer

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Europe
McDonald's may have more international menu variations than any other fast food chain, but the one Americans may envy most is the presence of beer and wine at the majority of its restaurants in central and western Europe as well as South Korea. The availability of such beverages is reportedly based on consumer demand, but one can also presume that because alcohol carries more social and legal stigma in the U.S., selling it might go against the kid-friendly image McDonald's tries to cultivate domestically.

VEG SHAMMI SANDWICH
Subway India

Veg Shammi Sandwich

Where to Find It: Subway, India
Like McDonald's, Subway had to make its menu a little more veg-friendly to gain a foothold in the Indian market. In addition to chicken tandoori and kofta options, a sandwich with a lentil-based veggie patty is also available. Other meat-free options include paneer tikka with marinated cheese cubes, hara bhara kebab with spinach-based patties, and even a Mexican-inspired veggie patty made with kidney beans and Latin seasonings.

Chocolate Croissant
McDonald's Canada

Chocolate Croissant

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Canada, Brazil, France
When it comes to breakfast, only select McDonald's diners around the world have the option of a sweet pastry in addition to the standard savory muffin sandwiches. In Canada, that's the chocolate hazelnut croissant, while the Brazilian version comes with just chocolate.

Pork Floss Dunkin' Donuts
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Dry Pork and Seaweed Donut

Where to Find It: Dunkin', China
Dunkin' has had some trouble getting off the ground in China, but not for lack of effort. It broadened its palate and maximized online buzz with a "pork floss" and seaweed doughnut — not too far removed from all the bacon-infused desserts Americans enjoy — as well as other , less novel flavors, such as white chocolate, almond choco crunch, and death by chocolate.

McCurry Pan Shahi Chicken
McCurry Pan Shahi Chicken by Russ (CC BY-NC-ND)

McCurry Pan

Where to Find It: McDonald's, India
Few of international McDonald's items are so singular yet tempting to American tastes as the chicken McCurry Pan, which consists of a rectangular bread bowl filled with chicken and vegetables in a tomato-curry sauce. But it's available only in India, along with the double-decker Chicken Maharaja Mac, the Hindu-friendly version of the Big Mac.

Bacon Potato Pie
Bacon Potato Pie by ekkun (CC BY-NC)

Bacon Potato Pie

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Japan
Instead of the apple-pie pockets, McDonald's stores in Japan sell a similar dessert filled with gooey baked taro, bacon and potato, or s'mores fixings. Unsurprising for a nation that's largely unparalleled in bizarre culinary concoctions, Japnese McDonald's locations carry numerous singular main dishes too, such as the Idaho burger with an onion-flaked bun, bacon, mustard seed sauce, and a potato patty; the Sakura Teritama burger with pork patty, over-easy egg, and a cherry blossom-infused bun, and a whole line of fried egg-topped tamago burgers.

Wendy's Japan Foie Gras Burger
Wendy's Japan Foie Gras Burger by Raj Taneja (CC BY-NC-SA)

Foie Gras Burger

Where to Find It: Wendy's, Japan
Wendy's tries to depict itself as more sophisticated than similar burger chains. This corporate self-image reached new heights when Wendy's relaunched in Japan with a duck liver pate-infused burger on its menu. Costing the equivalent of $16, the steeply priced sandwich was joined by others featuring avocado and wasabi or porcini mushrooms and grilled chicken.

Crab Croquette Burger
McDonald's Japan

Crab Croquette Burger

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Japan
One of McDonald's Japan's more limited menu items is this sandwich with a patty made from snow crab and mushrooms — both popular ingredients in Japan — and served on ciabatta bread. But the croquette burger is reportedly more tasteless and goopy than its gourmet-sounding pedigree might suggest.

Cheese Katsu Burger
McDonald's Japan

Cheese Katsu Burger

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Japan
One of the tastier-sounding items unique to McDonald's Japan, the cheese katsu burger features a deep-fried pork cutlet patty filled with melted cheese. This tasty-sounding but limited availability menu item is so popular that an occasional re-release is enough to generate international headlines akin to the McRib in the U.S.

Barbecue Rib
Subway Sweden

Barbecue Rib Sandwich

Where to Find It: Subway, Germany
This McRib-like sandwich is another menu item that seems perfectly tailored to appeal to the U.S. market. Alas, it can only be found at Subway sandwich shops in Germany.

breakfast at a philippine mcdonalds: mcdo (fried chicken) and spaghetti
breakfast at a philippine mcdonalds: mcdo (fried chicken) and spaghetti by george ruiz (CC BY)

Chicken McDo

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Philippines
One of the most unexpected items on McDonald's menus in the Philippines is this two-piece meal of fried chicken, which comes with an optional side of McSpaghetti. Garlic-flavored rice is another side dish absent from U.S. McDonald's locations, and for breakfast, Philippines McDonald's offer poached egg and Longaniza, a chorizo-like sausage.

McRice Burger
McRice Burger by Allan Reyes (CC BY-NC-ND)

McRice Burger

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Philippines
Filipino and Taiwanese McDonald's locations sell beef and fried chicken varieties of the McRice burger with dried rice cakes subbed for standard buns — a gambit that won't sound too wild to anyone that's ever tried a ramen burger stateside. Hong Kong locations offer a similar rice cake chicken sandwich, though it's called the Kao Fan Burger.

mcdonald's poutine
mcdonald's poutine by peterskim (CC BY-NC-ND)

Poutine

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Canada
Poutine is a well-known Canadian dish consisting of French fries topped with gravy and melted cheese curds, so naturally, McDonald's in Canada have come up with its own version. For curious Americans who want to try this dish without crossing the border, try the McDonald's at the corporate headquarters in Chicago where international menu items are made available on rotating schedules.

McLobster!
McLobster! by Can Pac Swire (CC BY-NC)

McLobster

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Canada
The other major novelty you'll find on Canadian McDonald's menus is an Atlantic lobster roll with an all-too-predictable name, served only in select locations during summer as availability dictates. Luckily for residents of northern New England, this item isn't entirely limited to outside the U.S., but also makes the occasional appearance at locations in Maine.

SHRIMP AND BROCCOLI SANDWICH
Subway Japan

Shrimp and Broccoli Sandwich

Where to Find It: Subway, Japan
It's rare that you'd see either shrimp or broccoli featured in an American sandwich, but Subway incorporates both of these popular ingredients into a single meal for its locations in Japan. Apparently, the shellfish are a popular choice too, as Subways have also offered a "luxury shrimp sandwich" stuffed with them, as well as some added protein in the form of bacon.

Bubur Ayam McD
McDonald's Malaysia

Bubur Ayam McD

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Malaysia
One of the staple nonburger dishes at Malaysian McDonald's is a version of national specialty Bubur Ayam, a white porridge with chicken, ginger, and diced chilies in the mix. A similar stew called SingaPorridge also features prominently on Singaporean menus.


FIESTA MEXICANA
Subway Poland

Fiesta Mexicana

Where to Find It: Subway, Poland
Of course, Subway's pita-wrapped sandwich made with guacamole and Mexican-spiced chicken strips would be sold only in … Poland? It's been made available in other Eastern European markets such as the Czech Republic as well, but it's unclear why it hasn't been featured in North America where the flavors originate.

Shaka Shaka Chicken
McDonald's Singapore

Shaka Shaka Chicken

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Singapore
Another fixture of McDonald's stores in Singapore and other East Asia markets, shaka shaka chicken is a do-it-yourself menu item in which you pour a packet of Chinese five-spice seasoning mix over a deep-fried chicken patty and "shaka" the components together in a wax paper bag. As in several other East Asian nations, this and other McDonald's offerings are available for delivery.

McDonalds Shrimp Burger / Ebi Filet
McDonalds Shrimp Burger / Ebi Filet by rc! (CC BY-NC-ND)

EBI Filet-O Burger

Where to Find It: McDonald's, Asia
One more from Japanese and other East Asia McDonald's locations: the EBI Filet-O is a breaded shrimp burger served on a Big Mac roll with spicy sauce. The international chain's fusion of Eastern and Western culinary traditions also extends to its dessert menu with items such as a green tea and Oreo McFlurry.