In Australia (and even more so here in Perth) we have a relatively small population for our geographical size, which means that we don’t get as much variety in our consumer goods as in many parts of the world – and that extends to fast foods. A quick burger? choose between McDonald’s or Burger King (known as Hungry Jacks here, but that’s another story). Diet Mountain Dew please. Sorry, what’s that? You get the picture.
The major food blogs really rub it in at this time of year, with their annual roundups of “the best burgers in America” etc etc. Try compiling a list like that here. 30 ways to top a hotdog? It’s only behind closed doors that you dare move beyond burnt onions and tomato sauce.
Of course we do get limited editions and new things on our menus – and I’m sure we’ll get to see some on our travels – but there are plenty we never get to try. Oh, to experience the simple pleasures of a Double Down or a McRib. Alas, not to be.
But what I’m talking about here isn’t (just) desire, it’s about experiencing different cultures through food – but more in an Adam Richman way than an Andrew Zimmern one. For example, did you know that at McDonald’s in the Phillipines you can buy a fried chicken leg with spaghetti (the “Chicken McDo”)? Or that in the United Kingdom you can get baked beans with your KFC?
So come with me, intrepid readers, as we travel the globe with tongue firmly in cheek (and hands clutching stomach). And I’m going to start with something that would indeed have left you clutching your stomach.
To “celebrate” (or perhaps punish those who choose to) the release of Windows 7 in October 2009, Burger King in Japan released the “Windows 7 Whopper”, featuring seven patties and measuring 13cm (5 inch) high. Don’t you feel ill just looking at that photo?
If you search on Google you’ll find plenty of discussion about this burger, which unfortunately wasn’t the joke people initially thought it was. Take a look here, and you can see a poor soul trying to eat one.
The Windows 7 Whopper was only intended to be sold for seven days, however due to its success – nearly 10,000 of these monstrosities were sold in that first week – Burger King extended the promotion to last for sixteen days. I’m not sure how many lives it claimed.