I honestly can’t remember the last time a meal made me so profoundly sad. The food in Taiwan is so good, and you can’t walk more than a block or two without stumbling upon several restaurants serving something that looks amazing.
The Taiwanese version of McDonald’s, on the other hand… Yikes. It might be the worst food I’ve had at McDonald’s since starting this blog, and that’s really saying something — I’ve had some pretty atrocious meals courtesy of old Ronald McDonald.
I tried a couple of things. Up first: the pork burger with cheese sauce. This is the first time I’ve seen a fried pork patty on a McDonald’s menu, so I was actually pretty excited to try it. Sadly, it must have been sitting out for quite a while, because it was incredibly tough and dry. I think it was supposed to be a pork chop? I honestly couldn’t tell.
I’m not even kidding: I think you could have attached a handle to this thing and then used it to play ping pong. It was stiff as a board.
The cheese sauce wasn’t much better — it was like bargain basement Cheez Whiz. If you hadn’t told me it was supposed to be cheese sauce, I don’t think I would have guessed.
The next thing I tried was the fried shrimp burger with thousand island dressing. This one was fresh at least, so it had that going for it.
I actually had (and enjoyed) something fairly similar at McDonald’s in South Korea, so I figured this would be okay, at the very least. But the texture was all wrong — it was complete mush. There were some tiny little shrimps in there, and they were mushy too. It was all mush.
I finished both sandwiches, because when you’re traveling on a tight budget, you can’t afford to leave food on your plate, no matter how full you are or how bad it is. But I didn’t feel good about it, that’s for sure.