The Weirdest International Fast Foods
We're green with envy that these are only available in China. To celebrate the release of the Angry Birds Movie, McDonald's China released the "Naughty Green Pork Burger" made up of a pork patty, an egg, lettuce, jalapeno sauce and those fluorescent buns. And according to the Chinese magazine That's, it isn't "half bad."
TATER TOT CRUST PIZZA
KFC China is looking at the world of burgers with rose-colored glasses. Their new sandwich features a petal-pink bun packed with a rose-flavored chicken burger, cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato.
INDIA'S BLACK BURGER
Barcelos, a chain based in South Africa that has one Indian location, is the latest to hop on the black burger bandwagon – but, being in India, the sandwich comes with either grilled chicken or a veggie patty between the jet-black buns. Instead of using bamboo charcoal or squid ink, as Japan has done, to get its dark shade, this menu item is made with a combination of red, yellow and blue food colors for a completely matte black look.
CHRISTMAS TREE PIZZA BOX
Pizza Hut Korea unveiled some ultra-festive package for this holiday season. The tree-shaped carrier is made up of three layers: a pizza on the bottom, dips and brown, fried-looking treats in the middle and salad on top.
If ever there were two words that didn’t seem like a natural fit, it was “Doritos” and “pizza.” But tell that to Pizza Hut Australia, where patrons devoured pies made with mozzarella cheese, smashed Doritos and cheddar. The company called it “not only seriously loud, but delicious."
Bread was a no-show in this protein-packed sandwich, called the Zinger Double Down King, at KFCs in South Korea. A bacon-topped beef patty was nestled between two fried spicy chicken fillet "buns," then garnished with barbecue and white pepper sauces for good measure. Vegetarians ran screaming.
It was a whopper of innovation: Burger King Japan’s Kuro (black) burger included black cheese made from bamboo charcoal and black sauce courtesy of black squid ink on a charred black bun.
How's this for an, um, appetizing combo: minced fish, soy beans, onions and carrots that are McNuggetized into bite-size pieces? Though they're shaped and deep-fried just like their chicken cousins, nothing else about McDonald's Japan's Tofu Shinjo Nuggets seemed remotely familiar. Even the ginger-flavored dipping sauce covered new ground.
That age-old dilemma – should we have pizza or Mexican for dinner? – was solved by Pizza Hut New Zealand, where diners could order up a pie masquerading as a quesadilla (beef and jalapeños stuffed between two crusts) or grab a slice of the nachos pizza, a mashup of beans, chili flakes and burrito sauce.
PANEER SANDWICH WITH CREAM SAUCE
Who's chicken now? KFCs in India served up the Paneer Zinger, a crunchy, double-layered paneer (cheese) patty filled with a spicy, creamy sauce and topped with lettuce on a sesame bun.
Merry Christmas! Or is it "Berry Kristmush?" For the holiday season, Burger King Japan came out with this stunner: a bacon-topped black pepper-mixed beef patty that is covered in a sauce made with raspberries, cranberries, blueberries and red wine.
O Canada – how could you? The thinking must have been, If they love poutine – the classic Canadian dish made with fries, cheese curds and gravy – Burger King customers there will love it with a little chopped beef, mustard, ketchup and pickles.
CHICKEN POT PIE
Since it feels like such a classic American comfort food dish, it seems odd that KFC served chicken pot pie (a mix of chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy) only in Australia.
ANOTHER BLACK BURGER
Japan seems to have an affinity for black burgers. On the heels of Burger King Japan's Kuro Burger, McDonald's Japan followed suit with its own Squid Ink Burger, featuring two meat patties, fried onions and cheese inside a black bun.