Japan Eats: McDonald’s, Largest Burger Chain x Local Flavors
McDonald’s first asian chain opened in Tokyo’s Ginza district in 1971. In order to adapt to the local culture’s taste buds, McDonald’s in Japan created exclusive items made only for Japan locations.
When we arrived at the nearest McDonald’s at the Shin-Osaka station, I was bummed to find out the Milk Tea McFlurry was no longer sold after the winter of 2015. Japan exclusive flavors were also available for a limited time only. However, I happily enjoyed the new 2016 spring seasonal flavor McDonald’s offered, the Matcha Red Bean McFlurry. It had just the right bitterness from the matcha tea and sweetness from the red bean.
Sadly, both of these flavors will most likely not be available to order if you are currently visiting a McDonald’s in Japan. However, you can look forward to a new flavor they release for a limited time each season. Be sure to comment below on what Japan-exclusive items you have tried.
Besides a new flavored McFlurry, there is McDonald’s Ebi Filet Burger. Essentially, this is a shrimp version of the American McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish. Luckily, this is not sold for a limited time and is officially on the menu year-round. Also during the spring of 2016, McDonald’s released their seasonal ume fries and sakura cherry soda.
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Cuisine: Fast Food, Burgers
Price Range: 100 yen - 1000 yen
What to Order: Ebi Burger and Matcha Red Bean McFlurry
Overall Impression: It is worth visiting McDonald’s Japan to taste the exclusive items that is not served in American McDonald’s. The fast food chain has many convenient locations throughout Japan.
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