7 Items You Can’t Find In McDonald’s In America

I will unashamedly admit that I love McDonald’s. The glorious fast food restaurant chain has reliably served me my favorite meal – two cheeseburgers and fries – since I immigrated to America, nearly two decades ago. But McDonald’s in America is not what it is in Japan, or Italy or Germany. Believe it or not, it’s even considered somewhat of a luxury in China. Here are some foods you can only find in McDonald’s around the world. Sorry, ‘murica.

1. The Nürnburger, Germany
This marvelous burger was inspired by Uli Hoeneß, a former German soccer star and the owner of a sausage factory. It puts 3 Nürnberger sausages (bratwurst) on a bun with a nice heaping pile of mustard and onions. Sadly, this burger was only sold for a brief 3-month period.

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2. Bubblegum Squash McFlurry, Australia and New Zealand
We’re used to the standard Oreo Mcflurry here in the states, but in Australia and New Zealand, Mcflurries have a bit more color to them. The soft serve cream is blended with marshmallows (squash) and topped with a bubblegum-flavored syrup, that’s questionably blue.

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3. Sausage and Egg Twisty Pasta Breakfast, Hong Kong and China
Forget the typical burger and fries. How about a noodle soup topped with vegetables, a hardboiled egg and a sausage patty…for breakfast? It’ll probably keep you full until lunch.

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4. McCurry Pan, India
Here’s a nice vegetarian option to choose next time you’re in India. The McCurry Pan consists of curried vegetables baked in cream sauce and placed inside a pan made of crispy bread. In keeping with the customs in India, neither beef nor pork is served. In fact, special care is taken to ensure that all products are prepared separately. We don’t mind though the vegetarian option though.

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5. McNoodles, Austria
Austrians were pretty into stir-fried noodles for a period of time, so McDonald’s seized the opportunity to create a limited time only stir-fry bowl with vegetables. Sadly, like the Nürnburger in Germany
, the dish was only available for a few months.

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6. Taro Pie, China
Apple pie is cool, but taro pie? That’s even better. The taro pie has the same trademark outside shell as the McDonald’s pies you can find in the U.S. The filling, however, is made of a bright purple taro root – kind of like a sweet potato.

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7. Ebi Filet-O Shrimp Burger, Japan
The Japanese have really outdone themselves with this one. The patty of this burger is made of Panko-battered shrimp, topped with mustard, an Ebi shrimp tempura sauce and lettuce. It was named after Yuri Ebihara, a Japanese model who helped promote the burger.

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