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July 27, 2005



Reid - You did post this! I think it's really a hoot for those folks who don't live in Hii. And both Spam and Portuguese Sausage, two of my favorite proteins on the same piece of styrofoam, with rice, no less! Let me tell you, this made my morning!


Thank you for posting this!! I'm a local girl now living in Wisconsin, and my friends here always tripp out when I tell them that you can buy spam, eggs and rice at McDonald's in Hawaii! :)


Ohhh...i think I'll have to fry up some span today, ahhh alas no portguese sausages. I'll survive *puts hand to forhead and walks into the kitchen*


This is great Reid! For some weird reason I love hearing about the regional differences of McDonalds menus. Like in Spain you can get any burger topped with a fried egg. And I hear in Maine they server lobster rolls. LOBSTER ROLLS!!


Hey MegWoo, how do you know about McD's in Spain? I'm dying to find a Spanish food blog, do you know of one?

Mills, last post you waddled, now your walking? ::laughing:: does this mean you are almost awake? Ready to go to Dittmer's?

Reid, you are just to awesome for words with this post! I may be nuthin more than a hick mainlander, but you blog my desires! Well, ::blushes:: not all of them thank goodness, but certainly some of the ones that can stand forth in the light of day! ;o)


Holy moly! Heaven comes to McD's... well, in Hawai'i anyway :) All your posts make me wish I lived on the islands meself. :D



Didja have the fruit punch too? =)

The McDonald's in the U.K. serve a vegetarian burger/sandwich made with "Quorn". What this is, I have no idea, but if you find out, can you let me know? :)

- Colette


Eh no forget da shoyu and ketchup! hahaa.. Nice post! :)


I adore hearing about the regional changes/menu items from multi-national chains. Very interesting stuff. Inspired by this post, I checked out McDonald's international sites. They have a ton of vegetarian options of course, like deep fried paneer sandwiches (with Mexican spices), but also a series of unexpected Italian Curry "pans", which are flatbread pans filled with toppings and cheese. In Australia, a McOz is listed, which sounds like a McExtra, but with beetroot. And it looks like the Italy site has a breakfast sandwich with prosciutto. I think I had a lobster roll in a Wendy's in Maine once.


Oops. Forgot to mention, the paneer and pans are at the McDonald's India site.


Oooh, I think that would definitely get me into a McDonald's!


What is portugese sausage? Not heard of that one before.

In Malaysia's McDonalds, we have chicken porridge, spicy fried chicken and this burger dipped in a spicy black pepper sauce called Prosperity Burger for Chinese New Year.



Several years ago I was walking pass a McDonald's in Waikiki and notice the menu which cracked me up. They were serving saimin...I said to myself...McSaimin! Now that's what I call adapting to your environment! I think I saw the McD in the Ala Moana Shopping Center serving Spam or was it Portuguese sausage (linguica)?

Speaking of Portuguese the Gouveia Brand sausage still around? I don't see it anymore here in Southern California.


Ooh, I love my Spam! goes so well with ramen, fried rice, and kimchee :p Read somewhere that S.Korea is right behind HI in its Spam consumption. There, when spam is thrown into kimchee soup, it's known as an "army based" stew b/c it was introduced by the US Army.


Don't forget the black pepper on the egg!


Wow. Spam and rice at Maccas!

Aussie McDonalds breakfasts are boring by comparison =( We do have the McOz which is a burger with beetroot and pineapple (both very Australian).

Collette - Quorn is a vegetarian protein replacement. I never had it but presume it tastes like TVP (textured vegetable protein).


Great.. we were there when they introduced the spam and eggs and also the portuguese sausage. I had to order both--- now I won't have to :) What next? McLuau?? Over in the east coast-- we have Mc Lobster. Isn't it fascinating how they incorporate some local dishes into McDonalds.


oooo so just like asians huh? rice for breakie!! i lup my nasi lemak :p


Those local-style breakfasts at McDs are pretty good! Localz all da way! =)


Some mornings I would kill to be able to go through a McD's drive-thru and order this! Thanks for the post!

Transparent Reality

Woah, more SPAM goodness! Eggs a la uh - Cubist!

I don't think I've ever eaten rice for breakfast. Lunch and dinner most definitely, but breakfast? :O Gimme a mantau!



mcdonald's in the philippines have spaghetti (sweet), steak meal (burger patties with gravy) and fried chicken with rice... hmm, i'm craving for breakfast now even if it's close to midnight in DC... would have a quick midnight snack of spam instead ;) can't wait to try lobster rolls at wendy's...


hi reid! i haven't been in a mcdo's in ages, but i'll bet we have the local deluxe as we have portuguese sausage and spam on the menu. i think the only thing we have that is different is that we have tabasco on tap.


I don't know why but I'm lovin this post. Maybe its the "trashy" element. Something which always draws me in.

I've been checking on your blog for a while... and finally I leave a comment on a mcdonalds-spam related post. LOL

Love your blog and the cuisine in Hawaii


Ahhh...the Mc'D's local style breakfast of my all-time *legitimate* guilty pleasures (as in, I will only order this when nobody I know is around)!

There's something about the disturbingly uniform scrambled eggs and big round portagee sausage medallions that appeals to me, even to this day. I also love the strange, superfinely powdered salt that McD's has, and I always sprinkle that stuff over everything (including the rice!) whenever I eat this. Maybe the powdered salt is a subliminal metaphor for cocaine or something, because this combination of foodstuffs will lead to certain death.

Anyone remember the very short-lived attempt by McDonalds Hawaii of offering "Local Style" PLATE LUNCHES on thier menu? Holy crap, the person(s_ who thought of that idea must have been smoking some serious herbage, because I can't believe that anyone could think about putting 3 standard-issue McDonald's hamburger patties smothered with brown gravy into a styrofoam container and trying to pass it off to locals as a "Hamburger Steak" plate. They did the same thing with thier McChicken and Filet-o-Fish sandiwches as well (the "Chicken Cutlet" and "Fish Fillet" plate lunches, respectively)

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