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A better MacDonald in Asia?

HLing | Dec 5, 2006 10:00 AM

Before I get taken off this board and sent to international...I just wanted to share my thoughts about the "Fan"tastic beef, or chicken sandwich in Hong Kong's MacDonalds. "Fan" in Chinese means rice...therefore the name.

This is probably not that new...I saw it back in March of this year in Hong Kong, but didn't get a chance to try it. Now, 8 months later, I find myself back in Hong Kong, unplanned. It was meant to be!

For those who don't know, this is a sandwich that looks like a hamburger, except instead of bread, two pieces of flattened rice balls are used. The flattened and seasoned rice ball are about 3/8 inch thick. They used asian salade dressing with the fried chicken fillet in the middle (i hear the beef is also good, but they were out when I ordered)...

It's hard to describe the food, except that it was very good to my asian stomach. If this is MacDonald I will go back again. Something about the rice that made the meal a lot more satisfying. Perhaps they have not had a chance to skimp on the rice as they have on the bread.

A month ago, while in Suzhou, China I tried the Brazilian Hamburger at the local MacDonald. The sauce was a bit much, and it wasn't nearly as good of a variation as this rice burger is. Though, their mung bean pie, (a la apple pie) was really good. As was the Hong Kong MacDonald's banana pie.

For that matter, in China, the KFC is just as awful as the ones in the States...BUT, in China you can get pretty good version of the portugese egg tarts at the KFCs...Why can't we have that in the US?

So, now I will think twice before shaking my heads at people who go overseas and go to I know that there may be some interesting things to be had, and that it's not really the same as back in the States...

Anyone else want to share other foreign local colors for US fast food chains?

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