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McDonalds vs. Taco Bell vs Starbucks: Koreanized Fast Food.

June 14, 2013

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Ok, so this is a bit different than our other FAPFAPS. This isn’t really fully Korean food, or even a cute Korean spot. It’s just something we were inspired to do when we were in Singapore. Namely, we were surprised to see different kinds of food at the Starbucks in Singapore. Much different than what we have in Korea, which is also much different than what we have in Canada (Oh Ginger Molasses cookies how I miss you!). We also remember when we were in Japan they had some different stuff at McDonalds. So, we figured, maybe some of you are interested in what Korea has to offer. Maybe? I don’t know.

Another thing that really fascinates us is going to supermarkets in other countries. Seeing all the different name brands, some of which are extremely popular and all over the store yet whose names we are totally unfamiliar with. That’s really fun to see, in our opinions. I remember being in Poland a long time ago and seeing a chocolate brand that’s as popular as Nestle in North America, yet I never heard of that brand, and it really intrigued me how some people have giant companies that are parts of their everyday lives, yet those brands are meaningless elsewhere. Then that made me think of fame and relevance, how some people are mega stars in one country yet are utterly nameless in another.

Sorry…I’m getting too deep and philosophical here. Here’s some gortdamned Korean Fast food. It’s different and special. My advice: stay away from any fast food that has Bulgogi in it. Not…that…good. We like Bulgogi otherwise, but this…this is some weird bastardization. I think fast food bulgogi just translates to “meat with sweet sauce.”

Also, we got to play with the magic stick again. YAY! MAAAAGIIIIC STIIIICK. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, we got it in our Last Day in Singapore and have loved it ever since. We put our iPhones on it and can walk around with it and get decent footage. Small problem, though: our audio kind of malfunctioned today (BARGH!) so our mics were useless after all. Totally sucks! So, that’s why we cut out the Starbucks footage and left it in the blooper reel, because the audio there is totally different and noticeably worse, but you still get to see something different. More importantly, you get to see turtle sex. AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH. FYI, if you don’t know what I’m referring to by Turtle sex, Google a video of it. It’s hilarious.

Anyhow, if there’s anything from your country that you notice is different, please share, because these kinds of things fascinate us to no end, because we’re nerds who are very easily amused…

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  1. Nic

    um………. sometimes burgers in Australia have beetroot on them. That’s the biggest difference I can think of.

    3 years ago
  2. I was about to comment that xD Ahaha but yup, I think Portugal’s the only country in the world where you can order soup at McDonnald’s. Ooooh yeah~ xD

    3 years ago
    • Nice to see some people from PT commenting here. I tried to get my friends interested in Korea but they just look at me like I’m insane xD

      About Mcbifanas, the first time I saw that I laughed so much. I never tried McDonnald’s bifanas so I can’t say if its good or not, but that is such a common thing found everywhere/easy to make, that I don’t think they can mess it up :D

      3 years ago
      • I am not portuguese but just wait your friends look at you funny know but when Asia takes over the world your going to be the one who is saved. i always till my friends South Korea will take over the world with there amazingness and since i can speak korean i can save myself but you laughed at me so you won’t be saved. lol

        3 years ago
      • Portuguese Nasties unite~~~ Also, really, no need to waste money on the McBifana… Tastes awfull, just go to some snack-bar and get the real deal if you feel like eating one.

        3 years ago
  3. Simon, when I was younger I once described the taste of green tea as tasting like lipstick….now I’m addicted to the stuff…

    3 years ago
  4. Awe man! I was actually looking forward to trying a Bulgogi Burger if I ever got the chance to go to Korea. My heart hurts u_u

    3 years ago
  5. SIMON & MARTINA!!!! …. well in philippines every McDonalds meal is served with RICE and their fries are NOT fries they are chubby fries :( and the mashed potato and gravy put together to my huge sadness IT TASTED GROSS .. but the gravy tasted pretty good by itself…. BUT GUESS WHAT?.. they have a refillable gravy station… anyway too bad i live in Australia where we have all the normal stuff, and just adding the word”Aussie” in front of burger.. and presto we have our own burger :D i want to go to every McDonalds shops around the world and see the differences… sounds like an ADVENTURE!!! :P

    3 years ago
    • That would be the fattest world trip ever. xD ( I would totally join if I wasn’t a vegetarian )

      3 years ago
  6. Y U ALWAYS POST FAPFAP LATE AT NIGHT???? i’m so hungry now

    3 years ago
    • ikr..I had to get a snack as soon as I saw it was a FAPFAP…even though that Mcdonalds burger looked…um…not to my taste lol

      3 years ago
      • i was getting hungry when they showed the taco bell part, but thanks to mcdonalds, my craving stopped lol

        3 years ago
  7. The most interesting thing about McDonalds where I live in Australia…they only have One fish burger lol…and it’s terrible.

    3 years ago
  8. I went to a KFC in Thailand once and they had American fried rice….with ketchup, cheese, and mini hotdog bits in it…really gross looking. I stuck with a normal chicken sandwich and was sick the rest of the day.

    3 years ago
  9. The Grand Angus Burger, In Australia. A decent burger tbh. A thick and large Angus beef patty with the usual toppings or you can opt for Bacon with BBQ sauce. There are also numerous other burgers in a ‘Gourmet’ range.

    3 years ago
  10. [IMG]http://i39.tinypic.com/mrxw92.jpg[/IMG]

    Grand Angus Burger, it’s pretty decent. A thick, above average Angus beef patty with the usual stuff, or you can get Bacon and BBQ sauce.

    3 years ago
  11. In Czech republic we have two special burgers…..well…..none of them are my thing…I don’t like them at all. They’re called “Mc Křen” which can be translated to “Mc Horseradish” and “Mc Bůček” which is “Mc Brisket”

    3 years ago
  12. Where is teh Star of bucks?!

    3 years ago
  13. Martina your face when your eating at taco bell is hilarious because while your making a funny face because its soo sweet, Simon’s just talking ahahahahahahaha.

    3 years ago
  14. Hi!!

    I’m from Spain and here Mcdonalds offer another kind of breakfast. Our breakfast is light so most of us aren’t able to have an English or American breakfast, so if you go to Mcdonalds for breakfast you can have your coffee with a toast with tomato and olive oil, or you can choose between different kinds of pastries.

    3 years ago
    • oooouh, pastries. Right now I am living in Portugal and pastries.. that is a whole new level of cult :D. Pastel de Nata is just awesome :D:D

      3 years ago
      • I really miss portuguese pastries. But I miss the ones from Madeira Island the most, although Pastel de Nata is just awesome, and Bola de Berlim as well (sort of like a doughnut with custard cream).

        3 years ago
      • Portugal has the best pastries haaaaaa :) I remember a really famous cafe in Lisboa (Lisbon) but I forgot the name… Anyway there was a statue of a famous Portugese author sitting on a bench and they served the best pastries ever…
        Pastel de Nata is so good!

        3 years ago
        • That was A Brasileira with Fernando Pessoa sitting on a bench outside and you can totally sit next to him.

          3 years ago
        • Oh yes I know I think I still have a picture of one of my sisters sitting next to him. Good times good times :D

          3 years ago
        • The name of the cafe is A Brasileira ;) and the author is Fernando Pessoa

          3 years ago
        • Thank you! :)

          3 years ago
      • Pastel de nata was the first thing I tried when I came to Portugal and fell in love with this pastry right away :D
        And I still remember the smell of bacalhau in every grocery store :D

        3 years ago
        • Bacalhau (salted and dried cod fish) is very good and we joke that we have 1001 recipes.

          3 years ago
        • Really? o_O I didn’t know about it. Maybe I’ve seen it, but never went there. What’s the name of it?

          3 years ago
        • um, I really dont know the name – I am quite bad with portuguese names/pronounciation as I am not portuguese :D But it has white/blue theme going on. Maybe it is just in Aveiro, don’t know really.

          3 years ago
        • Haha don’t worry :) I was just curious and I don’t speak any portuguessince I’ve only spent 6 weeks in Porto last year on an internship and usually English was enough :P
          PS. I love Aveiro, it’s sooooooo pretty *_*

          3 years ago
        • I’ve been here for almost a year :D:D But leaving soon actually, dont want to leave natas behind :D Did you try Ramonas at Aveiro?

          3 years ago
      • And what do you say about the “pasteles de crema”? are better than the Pastel the Nata ;-). I’m hungry because is almost dinner time and I want to go to the pastry shop!!!

        3 years ago
        • A bit too sweet and I think i am gonna go to pastelaria :D

          3 years ago
        • Oh, really?? to me is on the contrary, los pasteles de nata are too heavy.

          3 years ago
    • SO COOL! Awesome breakfast choice!

      3 years ago
  15. Taco Bell still isn’t mexican food! I heard about a restaurant in Korea called Dos Tacos. Have you guys ever been there? http://dostacos.co.kr/

    3 years ago
  16. Hi, I’m from india…. the Mc Donalds here is not that bad, its heaven for students (cheap on pocket) ^_^. People here generally prefer spicy food, so they have introduced Mc spicy chicken & Wrap. Also there a quite a lot of vegetarians here, so for them its Mc Masala grill and Mc Spicy Paneer & wrap. Also the happy price meal includes various options like Mc Aloo tikki (Crap on content inside), Chicken Mc.Grill & Veg Pizza Mc.Puff (Quite good). There’s also favorites menu which includes Mc. Veggie, Mc Chicken and Filet-o-Fish (Very famous and everyone seems to like it…& also mostly unavailable! :P) & the famous chicken maharaja mac… (dunno how it tastes..looks too huge, but i’m pretty sure..its not what it looks in the images shown!)

    http://www.mcdonaldsindia.com/menu.html

    People here generally don’t prefer beef & Pork due to religious reasons.

    3 years ago
    • *DROOL* Oh. My. God. Those veggie options sound amazing. I’m really jealous!!!

      3 years ago
      • Come to India..P.s: MUMBAI! you have quite a good fan following here…

        3 years ago
        • omf really? i live in the us but my cousins in mumbai always look at me weird for loving kpop ^^” AND YES MC SPICY PANEER IS DERICIOUS :D

          3 years ago
    • oooo.. how could I forget to mention peri peri fries!!!! Its damn yum and spicy!!! My personal Fav!! :D

      3 years ago
      • geez sounds like heaven! in The Netherlands they have curly fries at burger king! But here in Belgium we don’t even have burger king >_<

        3 years ago
  17. What’s special in Malaysian McDonald’s:

    1. Chicken Porridge! Such an Asian thing haha XD
    2. Spicy Chicken McDeluxe not sure if it’s completely exclusive to Malaysia but I’ve never seen it in any other country’s outlets)
    3. During the Chinese New Year we have this Prosperity Meal Set which is a beef/chicken burger with black pepper sauce and onions + curly fries + orange mcfizz (orange juice with sprite)! Its such a shame they only have this for a limited amount of time every year cause it’s pretty darn good!
    4. Chocolate/Strawberry Cornetto McFlurry/Sundae; Milo McFlurry; Horlicks McFlurry/Sundae :D

    3 years ago
    • yeah our chicken porridge is so asian. haha. who eat porridge at mcdonalds though.

      3 years ago
    • yeah prosperity meal is available in singapore too during chinese new year period. and that awesome iced milo ooh…

      3 years ago
  18. In Holland we have this: the McKroket. It’s the McDonalds version of a popular snack in Holland: http://www.bellobergen.nl/image/cache/data/warme_broodjes/broodje-kwekkeboomkroket-600×600.jpg :) I loved this episode, I always do this when I travel. In Russia, the Philippines, India, Jordan… I always go to McDonalds to see what other products they have! I remember in India they had more veggie burgers than “normal” ones with meat! Fascinating! And I love how you can order rice in stead of french fries with your meal at McDonalds in Asia.

    3 years ago
  19. Also- you guys may have been in Korea too long…you’re starting to chew as loudly as the Koreans.

    3 years ago
  20. When I went to Lotteria, the hamburger had so much mayonnaise on it I just couldn’t even eat it. The same thing at McDonalds! I had a Bacon Tomato Deluxe. AKA: Mayonnaise. Made me sad.

    3 years ago
    • Korea and Japan have some weird love of mayonnaise. It’s a little strange.

      3 years ago
  21. When I was studying in France they had these bagel burgers so basically the same filling but using bagels instead of burger buns. The weird thing is that you can never find bagels in France, so it seemed a bit odd that they were using them at McDonald’s. Most people don’t even know what they are. Also, if you’ve seen Pulp Fiction, you’ll remember the guy talking about the cheeseburger being called a Cheese Royale – and it is! I just thought that was funny. They also offer these long burgers and pancakes for breakfast. :)

    Also when I had pizza, you could get it with a fried egg in the middle. I tried it in the EYK spirit of trying weird stuff… the taste of the egg did not go with the pizza. I do not recommend it.

    3 years ago
  22. I heard on the radio that only here in the Philippines (not sure with rest of the Asia and the world) do we enjoy mixing gravy on our rice meals or even UNLIMITED gravy. I think none of them happens in Japan and China. Other foreigners even find it funny and weird about our Filipino spaghetti. Ours here is very sweet contrary I guess to the original or maybe even the taste of it abroad.

    3 years ago
  23. I don’t go to fast foods really, so idk but I went with my friend to Arby’s a couple of weeks ago and she got this Hawaiian roll roast beef sandwich. I was like O_o.

    3 years ago
  24. In France they have baguette mini burger ;)

    3 years ago
  25. maybe I’m strange but I always go to Mc to eat Premium Grilled Chicken Salad, nothing else D:

    3 years ago
  26. In Hong Kong we have the Black burger, and the White burger. One is colored and possibly? flavored with squid ink and has mashed potatoes in it. I’ve never tried it but I’ve seen the adverts and my friend tried it. She said it was gross, but she’s American so she has a Western palette.

    3 years ago
  27. I live in the states and well i actually don’t like fast food. the last time i have McDonald, and i was somewhat ripped off and i had an upset stomach. Also i recently was in Arizona and when to In and Out (they say its a amazing place) for me it was Okay, but i do make my own homemade burgers and they turn out AMAZING!!! (but mostly i eat noddles) lol

    3 years ago
  28. maybe I’m retarted but I always go to Mc to eat Premium Grilled Chicken Salad, nothing else D:

    3 years ago
    • their salads tend to have just as much or more calories than some of their burgers. XD

      3 years ago
      • Yeah I think they actually have more calories in them than a Big Mac, cause of the salad dressing.

        3 years ago
        • I don’t use dressings, and grilled chicken is less fatty than one in breadcrumbs. and I’m full after this, to burger I always need the fries ;p

          3 years ago
  29. well im from slovakia, central europe and i dont really go to stuff like mc donalds or so here coz therey pretty idk..its just not my stuff plus im a poor student without any job, wa wa waaaaa :( but here is the best burger like “homemade” burger with fried cheese, its really delicious! with lots of vegetable and sauce on it, yummy. but in my ipinion burgers in donalds pretty much suck.

    3 years ago
  30. What about Burger King, KFC or Pizza Hut?~ Well I guess even with just three fast food chains that was a lot to eat.

    hmm let’s see glocalized fast food? we have burgers that in stead of bread the patty in in between sticky rice. and we also have rice with spicy beef/pork salad (namtok) at mcdonalds. it sucks cause they use pattys in the salad when you can get REAL pork neck spicy salad on the streets (street for FTW!) let’s seeee…. oh and KFC has their own version of spicy salad with fried chicken as well as spicy chicken burgers. i mentioned this before in your korean pizza video i think, we had tom yum flavored pizza and wasabi with salmon flavored pizza. it didn’t stay in the menu for long though… green wasabi mayo was not delicious i tell you.

    3 years ago
    • They already did a pizza fapfap before.

      3 years ago
      • yup~ i watched it. but it wasn’t an american chain, it was a korean chain. was just wondering if they had koreanized pizza in a american pizza chain as well.

        3 years ago
  31. Australia has the Grand Angus Burgers, not sure if their 100% only in australian but they are nice quality atleast where I live. Except…the lettuce is never…ever…in the burger lol

    3 years ago
  32. When I was last in Japan I tried the Grand Canyon Burger from McDonald’s as part of their “All-American” line up. So it had a breakfast egg patty, meat patty, fried “onion”, American Cheese, and BBQ sauce. I did not feel well after that.

    3 years ago
  33. I remember being in Italy and McDonald’s had Italian food on the menu, which blew my mind. I also remember going to a grocery store in Spain and finding Lunchables with chorizo, which I found amazing. If I were going to eat fast food, that Lotteria place looks the best. I rejected all major fast food establishments several years ago with the exception of Popeye’s (I just…can’t walk away from Popeye’s), so I don’t know what the latest fast food stuff is in the U.S. I have been tempted to try the cool ranch dorito taco, especially since people seem to have gone completely insane for it, but I have resisted.

    3 years ago
    • Oh, oh! I just looked up the menu for McDonald’s Italy, and you can get cherry tomatoes as a side instead of fries, pasta salad, a focaccia and mortadella sandwich, parmesan and spinach or brie bites, parmesan cheese stick, and fried shrimp. For real, I want to eat at McDonald’s Italy.

      3 years ago
  34. I did read that chains sell different things around the world. I read in wikipedia that Taco Bell has french fries. I was wondering if it does, I know the Taco Bells in Puerto Rico has french fries. 90% of the things sold in fast foods here are chicken and beef..Of course everyone prefers the stands with pork skewers.

    3 years ago
  35. Did you guys tried McSpicy Burger in Singapore? It’s really awesome!

    3 years ago
  36. In Finland you can get your burgers in McDonalds with rye bread instead of wheat buns… And convince yourself you’re eating healthy food full of fibre instead of fast food LOL

    http://www.mcdonalds.fi/content/dam/Finland/ruoka/tuotteet/tuotekuvat_444x507/hampurilaiset/RuisFeast_444x507.jpg

    3 years ago
  37. I really really really really want a red bean green tea cream frappuccino. Do you think I could take some azuki beans to my local Starbucks and ask them to blend them in with the regular green tea frap?
    ….yeah, I didn’t think so. Maybe I could do it myself. Hmm….

    3 years ago
    • You could because they totally don’t blend in the beans, they just scoop them on top at the very end!!

      3 years ago
  38. well…..that was a terrible experience for you guys!!
    you guys accidently wrote Starbucks in the blog post title ahaha!!

    3 years ago
  39. I so agree on Lotteria being the better out of these three. xD Their ladyburger is actually quite nice, they’ve stuffed the burger itself with rice cakes.

    You’ll find McDonalds everywhere in Norway as well, but there aren’t any specials at all. It’s really boring. xD They do have offers for special sets once in a while though. Taco Bell doesn’t exist here, and we just got our first and second Starbucks! First one was at the airport a year ago I think, second opened two weeks ago in Oslo. Don’t really need them though, there’s like a bunch of other great coffee places around.

    3 years ago
    • The only Norwegian add on McDonalds I remember seeing is a morning toast thingy with brown cheese O.o

      3 years ago
  40. Thailand has the SAMURAI BURGER otherwise known as THE MOST RACIALLY INACCURATELY NAMED BURGER. All those Samurai running around Thailand love it though, so I hear… It was delicious though, it was kind of like BBQ pork.

    Hong Kong had the Wasabi Burger which was pretty good.

    But the king of all was the MAHARAJA MAC I got in Delhi. Ohmygosh. It was unreal. All the pattys were made of like.. chicken tikka meat and had this crazy chicken tikka special sauce. So good.

    Also, since they dont eat beef, they had a chicken Big Mac. Not awesome.

    3 years ago