When you travel abroad, one of the most fun things to do is check out the local fast food scene. Believe it or not, McDonald’s menus around the world have some pretty unique items you won’t find in the US. These international treats are worth trying for their unique flavors and local twists. Here are some interesting fast food items you can only get outside the US.

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Ebi Filet-O (Shrimp Burger) from McDonald’s Japan

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This burger swaps out beef for a crispy shrimp patty, topped with a tangy sauce and fresh lettuce. It’s like a seafood treat in a bun!

Poutine from McDonald’s Canada

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Fries covered in rich gravy and cheese curds. It’s a Canadian classic that’s cheesy, savory, and super comforting.

McSpicy Paneer from McDonald’s India

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A spicy, crispy paneer cheese patty with lettuce and creamy sauce. It’s perfect for when you want a tasty, meat-free option with a kick.

Samurai Pork Burger from McDonald’s Thailand

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A juicy pork patty with sweet and savory teriyaki sauce, plus fresh lettuce. It’s a delicious mix of Thai and Japanese flavors.

Teriyaki Burger from McDonald’s Japan

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This burger has a beef patty glazed with sweet teriyaki sauce, lettuce, and mayo. It’s a simple but tasty twist on the usual burger.

McArabia from McDonald’s Middle East

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Grilled chicken or beef wrapped in flatbread with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and a garlic sauce. It’s like a fast food shawarma!

Nurnburger from McDonald’s Germany

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Three bratwurst sausages in a bun with mustard and onions. It’s hearty and full of classic German flavors.

McVegan from McDonald’s Sweden and Finland

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A vegan burger with a soy-based patty, fresh veggies, and vegan sauce. It’s a tasty plant-based option that doesn’t skimp on flavor.

McKroket from McDonald’s Netherlands

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A croquette filled with beef ragout in a bun with mustard sauce. It’s crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and totally unique.

McMolletes from McDonald’s Mexico

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Toasted English muffins topped with refried beans, melted cheese, and pico de gallo. It’s a delicious and filling breakfast option.

McFalafel from McDonald’s Sweden

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Crispy falafel patties with fresh veggies and a creamy sauce in a pita or bun. It’s a great veggie choice with a Middle Eastern flair.

Mozzarella Dippers from McDonald’s UK

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Breaded and fried mozzarella sticks served with a tangy tomato dip. They’re gooey, cheesy, and perfect for snacking.

Spicy McChicken from McDonald’s Hong Kong

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A crispy chicken patty with an extra spicy kick, topped with lettuce and mayo. It’s a fiery twist on the classic McChicken.

9 Ways American Fast Food Culture Is Ruining The World

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America’s fast food culture has not only reshaped the culinary landscape at home but has rippled across the globe with substantial effects. As burgers and fries become commonplace from Tokyo to Istanbul, they bring with them not just a taste of American life, but a host of changes to diet, health, and local economies. This article examines the wide-reaching impact of these fast food chains, exploring how they influence everything from our eating habits to our planet.

Read it Here: 9 Ways American Fast Food Culture Is Ruining The World

Discover America’s 13 Worst Fast Food Chains

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A guilty pleasure like fast food often serves as a quick fix for cravings or convenience. However, more often than not, guests come to regret their choice of stopping. Before you head out for your next indulgence, check out the worst fast food chains in America and avoid them at all costs.

These fast-food places are commonly known to have sub-par service, less than spotless dining areas, and in many cases; terrible food.

Read it Here: Discover America’s 13 Worst Fast Food Chains

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