- McDonald’s in Taiwan is very different than in the US.
- They have shrimp and pork burgers and breakfast toast sandwiches.
- They also have 24-hour delivery, so you can get your McDonald’s on whenever.
There are McDonald’s restaurants in over 100 countries, but each one looks a little different depending on the region it’s in. For example, in the McDonald’s in Taipei, Taiwan, you can find things like shrimp and pork burgers, corn soup as a drink, and something called shake chicken.
The menu does have the American classics, like chicken nuggets, Big Macs, and sausage McMuffins. But it also has one major thing America doesn’t have but probably wishes it did — 24-hour delivery. At any time of the day or night, you can get your McDonald’s fix in Taipei without even leaving your house.
But what kind of food shows up when you place that order? Here’s what McDonald’s tastes like in Taiwan.
The pork burger with cheese sauce was a twist on an American chicken sandwich.
The fried pork patty was topped with lettuce and what tasted like nacho cheese. The cheese gave it a nice flavor, but the patty didn’t necessarily taste any different than chicken. Still, it was my favorite of the Taiwanese McDonald’s specialties I tried. Although I don’t eat pork often, it’s a flavor I recognize — and being smothered in cheese made it melt in your mouth.
It cost 49 NT (New Taiwan dollars) which is about $1.60 USD.
The shrimp burger tasted pretty much the same as the pork burger.
This sandwich also had a fried patty, which made it hard to determine the shrimp flavor amongst the breading. I’m not a huge seafood fan, so eating it cooked in a burger was a little out of my comfort zone. But even if the flavor had been more up my ally, the small a dab of Thousand Island dressing and sprig of lettuce didn’t enhance the flavor much. It could have used more dressing, in my opinion.
It cost 69 NT or about $2.30 USD.
The shake chicken had a DIY nature to it.
The shake chicken consists of a piece of fried chicken and some powdered wasabi. You empty the powder into the bag with the chicken and shake until the flavoring is distributed.