On the Menu at McDonalds in Japan: German Sausage and 'Shaka Shaka Chicken'
"That doesn't look like 'German Sausage,' we said to ourselves, while standing in front of the brightly backlit menu boards at a McDonalds in the equally bright Shibuya neighborhood of Tokyo." And what the hell is 'Shaka Shaka Chicken?' Is that pronounced 'Shacka Shacka,' 'Shake-a Shake-a' or "Shock-a Shock-a?'"
We didn't dare even attempt to order anything, but not because of any hesitance on the language frontc'mon, this is McDonaldsbut because a cheap stand-up sushi counter was around the corner and a good meal there costs just about the same as a set meal from McD's.
In the end, we concluded that Shaka Shake Chicken was just a fancy name for large chicken tenders, and that the German Sausage actually lies partially hidden underneath a fried chicken patty on the sandwich above, but we also concluded that foreign McDonalds menus are perfect travel anecdotes.
Just think about it! If you've been to almost any other country, they've got the Golden Arches somewhere, and different cultures mean the fast food chain needs to cater to different palates. What good traveler doesn't have a story about caving in and buying something called the "McToast" or "McArabia," or at least coming dangerously close to doing so.
Luckily in a trip to Japan, there's too much going on with the local culinary offerings to tempt us into fast food, but we can't say the same about the UK...but that's a story for another day.
[All photos: Jaunted]