I am not the biggest McDonald’s fan as the local Malaysian ones are not as mouthwatering as the ones I had during my uni days in UK. But like HB here, I tend to want to check out “local” McD’s when I am travelling, just to see what they have that’s different from back home.
The beefburgers here are called Kofteburgers and apparently the halal minced beef they use are mixed with local spices. But what caught my eye was the McTurco® – a type of Turkish Kebab with either chicken or beef patties.
We chose the beef ones and it’s very similar to a seasonal item we had here in Malaysia – the grilled chicken foldover. This comes with a pita bread / flatbread and double beef patties. The bread was not bad but I thought the whole thing was a tad dry. Doesn’t the lettuce look a bit dismal? Lol.
If you’re ever in Turkey, I would suggest you give this a miss and have other local durum wraps instead. Much more flavourful & tasty.
Prague, Czech Republic
We only did McD’s at the Prague airport before we were due to leave. During our weekend there, kept seeing banners advertising the Swiss King and in the end, curiousity got the better of us.
The swiss king is really quite something. Beef with melted cheese, a hash brown patty, bacon and beat this, bun topped with bacon cubes (!) and cheese! Very tasty but quite hard to finish towards the last few bites. I would recommend sharing this!
Also featured was deep fried Hermelin, a local cheese similar to Camembert made in Sedlčany. A soft white cheese that’s light in taste and wonderful when paired with the berry dip.
I heard somewhere that during Lent, the month before Easter in Greece, McDonald’s will offer more seafood based items. We didn’t have much time to head to any McDonald’s in Athens during our very brief stopover but did spot one at the airport.
True enough, they had a seasonal range featuring seafood or rather shrimps. There was the burger, wrap, salad, fried shrimp itself and even spring rolls.
In Greece, pita wraps are big and even McDonald’s has come up with a chicken pita wrap. The chicken strip, which has the texture of a Mcnugget is paired with ranch sauce & cheese. It tastes ok though I think KFC’s twister wraps beats it hands down. Still, the pita wraps on the streets are the real deal.
Decided to try the Shrimp burger which is purportedly made with 12 whole grilled prawns in the patty, and served with crisp iceberg lettuce in a bun with seaweed flakes. I quite like the taste and it reminded me of Wendy’s shrimp supreme.
Also had a portion of the crispy breaded shrimps served with sweet and sour sauce. Makes for a nice snack.