McDonald’s in China is an absolute treasure trove of menu oddities. It’s amazing. There were a few countries where I struggled to find even one or two things that I wanted to order; meanwhile, there was so much stuff I wanted to try in China that I actually wound up having two separate meals at McDonald’s.
Up first: the Jumbo Wing, which is literally just a full chicken wing that’s been skewered on a wooden stick. It’s not bad. The meat has a salty, almost cured flavour — it’s definitely been brined in something. The skin could have been more crispy, but it was a pretty good wing. I guess there’s nothing particularly odd about a chicken wing, but this really seemed like a strange thing to be eating at McDonald’s.
The next thing I tried was the Italy Stewed Flavour Big Chicken Cutlet. This is basically just the chicken from a fried chicken sandwich, but without the sandwich. Eating it like this just made me miss the sandwich parts of the sandwich.
There was also the Chicken Patty Rice. This was a bowl of rice with some kind of sweet sauce, bits of mushrooms (I think — I can’t find any information about this online. That’s what it tasted like, at least), lettuce, and pieces of chicken.
This was actually quite tasty. The sauce had a slightly sour flavour to balance out the sweetness, and the chicken was dark meat (the general preference for white meat back home completely baffles me — dark meat is more tender and more flavourful. It is objectively better than white meat).
Then there was the German Beef Double Sausage Burger. I’ve mostly been skipping the burger options at the various McDonald’s I’ve been to, because for the most part, they’re pretty boring. But this one has two German sausages on it, so yeah, obviously I had to try it.
It was okay, I guess. I think the sausages were supposed to be bratwurst, and they were fine. But the two burger patties were even more dry than usual (and at McDonald’s, that’s saying something), which made it hard to enjoy. Still, the tasty horseradish mustard helped.
And finally, I tried the Passion Fruit and Peach Jumbo Cone. This was pretty good: the sauce was quite tart, contrasting well with the very sweet soft serve, and the couple of whole peach slices on top were a nice touch. I think the cone was a charcoal cone? Either that or chocolate. Either way, it didn’t taste like much, and it was slightly bitter (but not unpleasantly so). It was fine, but a cup probably would have worked a bit better — it was a mess.