We all know that fast food isn’t exactly healthy, but it’s oh-so-tempting and endlessly addictive, with the likes of Burger King and KFC keeping us coming back for more, time and time again. When you step foot into these locations, you usually know exactly what you’re getting each and every time.
However, if you do a little traveling and visit a McDonald’s in China or a KFC in South Africa, you might be surprised to see a few unusual items on the menu. Fast food chains often adapt their offerings to suit the local tastes and preferences, leading to some very unique dishes that are only available in select locations. Here are 65 of the most interesting options out there.
Originally found only in Pizza Huts around the UK, this pizza takes the stuffed crust concept to the next level by baking mini hot dogs right into the dough. You can easily pull them away from the rest of the pizza and dip them into the sauce provided, and the idea spread to Canada, Australia, and South Korea too.
KFC is pretty big in Africa, with a range of unique sides and main meal options exclusively reserved for various African markets. This spicy jollof rice can only be found at KFCs in Nigeria and is just perfect for anyone wanting to add a little more fire to their meals.
There are some amazing McDonald’s sides to be found all over Europe, like these mini ham and cheese croquettes in Spain. They’re a super delicious alternative to fries or wedges.
There’s stuffed crust, and then there’s super stuffed crust! This pizza, sold at Pizza Hut in the Philippines, has a massive crust filled up with bits of barbecue chicken covered in cream cheese. The crust takes up so much space, there’s barely any room left for the actual pizza.
In Australia, McDonald’s seems to be a little fancier than in the US. You can get loaded fries covered with classy truffle mayo. There are some special ‘Gourmet Creations’ burgers with truffle mayo too.
The Double Down has gone down in history as one of KFC’s craziest creations. It’s basically a burger, but with fried chicken being used instead of bread. KFC in the Philippines adapted the concept to make it work for a hot dog too. Oh and did we mention the dog is filled with cheese?
If you’re looking for a fast food item that’s worth traveling halfway round the world to taste, the X-Tra Long Chili Cheeseburger, found in Burger Kings all over Europe, might just be what you need. It features three patties on an extra-long bun, covered in jalapeno slices and a tasty chili cheese sauce.
Patbingsu is a tasty South Korean shaved ice treat with fresh fruits and sweet syrups on top. KFC made its own version of the traditional dessert, featuring blueberries and red beans.
One thing you notice when traveling around the world is that, even though pretty much every country has McDonald’s everywhere, they’re all a little different, especially in terms of which McFlurry options are on the menu. Over in the Netherlands, you can enjoy a Stroop Wafel McFlurry, featuring chunks of a waffle-like caramel cookie.
Another Dutch delight you can find at McDonald’s branches in the Netherlands is the McKroket. This special sandwich features a patty made of ground beef and cheese, covered with a mustard sauce.
Dunkin’ Donuts has some totally different options depending on which country you happen to be in at the time. Over in South Korea, customers can grab these bagel balls filled with red bean paste. Other fillings include tomato paste, red velvet, and green tea.
Germans love sausages of all kinds, and this love affair even extends to the country’s fast food offerings. German McDonald’s offer the McCurry Wurst, a box filled with chopped, steamed sausage covered in a curry-infused sauce.
If you enjoy cheese, chili, and fried crunchy goodness, the Chili Cheese Nuggets available in various Burger King outlets around Europe are sure to be a big hit for you.
Burgers can come in all shapes and sizes, but the buns are usually always the same color. Well, over at McDonald’s in China, you can sometimes find these black and white burgers instead. The black buns are filled with squid ink, while the white ones come with a mushroom and peppercorn sauce.
Stuffed crust pizzas usually come with cheese or maybe sauce inside the crust, but this one, available at Pizza Huts in the Middle East, takes it to a whole new level. Here, the crust is filled up with little burger patties covered in cheese.
When you walk into a typical American Subway, the likes of shrimp and broccoli aren’t usually found on the menu. Over in Japan, however, it’s perfectly possible to find shrimp and broccoli sandwiches.
A traditional Malaysian dish known as Bubur Ayam is served at the country’s McDonald’s outlets. It’s a kind of savory porridge with chicken, ginger, and chopped up chilies.
When you first see this Mexican-style sub with its spicy chicken strips and thick layer of guacamole, you probably wouldn’t associate it with Poland, but that’s exactly where it’s from! It’s also appeared in a few other European locatons, but never in North America or Mexico itself.
Here’s a fun little McDonald’s offering that we wish was available all around the world: shaka shaka chicken. It’s basically a piece of fried chicken in a bag. Then, you get to sprinkle over your own spices, close the bag, shake it all up, and enjoy!
Only available in the UK for now, KFC’s edible coffee cups are the perfect option for those who are sick of styrofoam and want a little snack to go along with their warm drink. They’re made from a multi-layered mixture of heat-resistant white chocolate, sugar paper, and wafer.
Imagine a burger the size of a pizza. Imagine you can slice it up and share it out with your friends. You just imagined a burger that really does exist at BK in Japan. There’s no way one person could eat all of that thing!
Down in Guatemala, Taco Bell decided to get a little crazy by adding chocolate and Baby Ruth candy bar pieces into a quesadilla, creating the Chocodilla. It sounds a little odd, but it’s supposed to be delicious!
Japan has some really inventive ideas when it comes to food. And then they have some really simple ideas too, like putting a Kit Kat on a sandwich with whipped cream.
Over in Hawaii, you can say ‘Aloha’ to an actual lobster roll from your local McDonald’s!It looks pretty darn tasty too.
They tend to get a little ‘out there’ with their donut selections over in Asia, and here’s the perfect example of that! These donuts are topped with a mixture of pork and seaweed sprinkles.
When you just can’t decide between a burger and chicken nuggets, head to a Burger King in South Africa to try the Chicken Nugget Burger!
Paneer is a very important ingredient in Indian cuisine. It’s a kind of fresh, unaged soft cheese used in a range of curries and other dishes. You can even find it on pizzas at Indian Domino’s.
Here’s one that really gets us salivating! Over in South Korean McDonald’s, you can order a hot chocolate pie, with molten lava-like chocolate oozing out from the center.
Here’s an innovative and totally awesome idea from Pizza Hut in Pakistan! It’s a pizza with Doritos making up the crust, adding a little extra crunch and crackle to every bite.
Anyone who loves to follow healthy food trends will be all in on this one! It’s ice cream that has been flavored with matcha, a kind of green tea leaf famous for its antioxidants and other nutritious qualities. It’s basically like having a superfood ice cream!
For just 99 rupees (about $1.50) you can grab this crispy, crunchy, flavorsome treat from any Indian KFC. It’s like a little wrap with delicious fried chicken inside.
Over in several parts of Europe, like Spain and France, you can grab boxes of macarons (or should that be McArons?) direct from any local McDonald’s.
We all know the Filet-O-Fish, but how about the Filet-O-Shrimp? It’s one of the most popular McDonald’s menu items over in Japan.
Here’s another black bun burger, and this time, it’s coming to us from Australian KFCs. The burger was colored using a kind of vegetable carbon dye and it was only available for a limited time.
When you go to a fast food, you’re usually looking for fries, burgers, cheeses, and sauces. Broccoli doesn’t really fit the whole ‘fast food vibe’, but over in Indonesia, this cheesy baked potato covered in broccoli is super popular with Wendy’s customers.
Blending nachos and fries together, these loaded nacho fries from Taco Bell in the Netherlands look so tasty! They’re covered with melted cheese, sour cream, salsa, and more.
Poutine is a really popular Canadian dish made from fries, cheese curds, and gravy. McDonald’s was clearly paying attention to the local tastes as they decided to make and sell their very own poutine too.
Over in the Philippines, KFC got pretty fancy with this shawarma rice bowl, featuring rice, eggs, classic fried chicken, and other ingredients for a full-flavored combo.
KFC has never been afraid to think outside the box and mix ideas together to create some highly original menu items! The Chizza has been sold in several countries and is basically like a regular pizza, except with fried chicken as the base.
Here’s another odd entry from Dunkin Donuts in Thailand. This time, we have a triangular donut, which is already a little odd, covered with dried chicken pieces and a spicy chili glaze.