in the interest of trying every fast food formulation available, and also possibly taking years off the back end of my life, i succumbed to the constant barrage of mcdonald’s advertising and walked in to my local mcd’s and ordered a japanese curry chicken sandwich (with egg!)
before you judge me. or rather, before you judge me more, you have to understand a couple of things:
1. i love fast food. i grew up eating mickey d’s. in-n-out. carl’s jr. taco bell. del taco. subway. green burrito. bravo burger (yay san dimas!). i attribute it to being a latch key kid and growing up in la where the car culture leads to food on the go.
3. i’m highly susceptible to advertising. maybe it’s my love of “mad men.” maybe i’m an idiot. maybe i just like to be sold.
4. i have a slight preference for mcdonald’s in only that they were a client of mine in 3 different places, 2 different continents, and for 2 different companies. they paid for 2 giant projects in taiwan and in the philippines and also were one of my favorite clients in houston.
so with the constant repetition of the television commercial, i thought, “what the heck, i’ll blow 9rmb on this sucker”
verdict: i don’t know if you’ve ever seen stephen chow’s “god of cookery” , but there’s a scene where he’s complaining about the curry fish balls that are within in his bowl of “assorted noodles.” he says “there’s no fish taste to these fish balls, but you wanted to use the curry taste to cover up the lack of fish taste – however, the curry taste is only superficial and on the surface and hasn’t penetrated the fish balls, so you end up with curry fish balls with no curry taste AND no fish taste.”
while the sandwich wasn’t disgusting or anything, it certainly lacked both a convincing curry taste and nothing more than a preliminary chicken taste. on the other hand, it’s mcdonald’s – what do you REALLY expect?
mcdonald’s – they’re EVERYWHERE man. Well, only 1000 stores in mainland china.
japanese curry chicken sandwich (with egg!) – 9rmb