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A Tasty Tour of McDonald's International Menu Options

Feb 5 2014 - 3:15am

American road trippers can count on McDonald's to provide a familiar, predictable meal for highway-weary travelers. East or west, you can count on a Big Mac or Chicken McNuggets to battle a grumbling tummy. But if your vacation plans take you to international destinations, what was a predictable meal before you stepped on that plane can become a culture shock to the system. We've rounded up some of the most interesting meal options you can expect when dining at the golden arches overseas.

— Additional reporting by Nicole Perry

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Breakfast at an Argentinian McDonald's might mean a McCafé espresso drink and pancakes. The Argentinian spin: instead of maple syrup, this breakfast staple is served with dulce de leche.

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Belgium and France

If you love the creamy cheesiness of a croque-monsieur, then try a Croque McDo, filled with ham and two slices of Emmentaler cheese. In Belgium, polish it off with a Jupiler beer.

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Order your fries as poutine in Canada, and they will come topped with gravy and cheese curds.

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In addition to the famed McDonald's apple pie, Chinese restaurants serve pies stuffed with sweet taro.

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In Cyprus, the Greek Mac is essentially a Big Mac in a pita, drizzled with tzatziki sauce.

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While it's no longer available, Germany McDonald's has a history of crowd-sourcing menu item ideas like the Pretzelnator [7], a beef patty sandwiched in a pretzel bun and topped with ham, lettuce, onions, mayonnaise, and American and Italian cheeses. And for fans of the elusive McRib, you can find it year-round at German McDonald's restaurants.

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The ham and cheese McToast is a popular offering in Greece and many other European countries.

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Hong Kong

The kao fan burger in Hong Kong serves up a fried chicken patty in a bun made from rice.

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India's famous paneer cheese makes up the meaty part of this McDonald's wrap.

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Indonesia and Malaysia

Want something fast and comforting while in Indonesia? Order up a bowl of Buryam: rice porridge with chicken and fried crisps.

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Il Mac may sit on desktops in Italy, but it's not a computer; these McDonald's sandwiches contain a beef patty, cheese, lettuce, and tomato hugged by a ciabatta roll.

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Japanese McDonald's wants customers to do some of the work with Shaka Shaka Chicken: place the fried chicken piece in a paper bag, add your choice of seasonings, and shake it for a flavorful bite.

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Sidle up to a McDonald's breakfast in Mexico, and you can have the McMollete: English muffins topped with beans, melted cheese, and pico de gallo.

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The Netherlands

A croquette of beef-stuffed potato, a popular dish in the Netherlands, sits at the center of a McKroket's bun.

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Though McDonald's isn't known for its Italian fare, restaurants in the Philippines aren't afraid to offer McSpaghetti.

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South Korea

In a country known for its wonderfully seasoned beef, it makes sense that South Korean McDonald's offer the Bulgolgi Burger.

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In addition to your fries, order up a shrimp burger with a side of corn soup in Taiwan.

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United Arab Emirates

While in the Middle East, sink your teeth into a flat-bread-wrapped McArabia sandwich for a different take on McDonald's grilled chicken.

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Guatemala and Mexico

The Pay de Queso, or queso pie, is a popular offering at McDonald's in Guatemala and Mexico.

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