If you've never encountered a McDonald's Japan menu before, you may not realize how different it is from a US McDonald's menu. Of course, some staples appear on both menus, like sausage, egg mcmuffins, and chicken nuggets. However, the sauces and unique flavors on their menu items help elevate each food to the next level. Where else can you find smoky cheese sauce to dip your fries and chicken into? Below you'll find some of the coolest items found on a Japanese McDonald's menu.
Japanese Fast Food Items
Let's dive into these yummy main menu items; you may want to bring a snack to avoid getting too hungry reading the descriptions!
Bai Shrimp Filet-O
Imagine the filet-o fish sandwich, but even better! This sandwich features the classic bun and lettuce combination, but here's where it's different. A delightful tempura sauce is added to the sandwich and mustard for a tangy, sweet flavor. The patties are made from shrimp that has been coated in panko crumbs and fried for a crunchy, fun patty.
Roasted Soy Sauce Double Thick Beef
This unique burger, also known as one of the newly released limited-time samurai mac burgers, may seem like an ordinary burger you'd find at a US McDonald's. It has two thick beef patties, white cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, and onions. What sets this burger apart is the added roasted soy sauce – it provides a delicious umami taste.
Bai Teriyaki Chicken Filet-O
After 5 pm, Mcdonald's in Japan offers their "bai" menu. This menu means that you can purchase a sandwich with double the protein. This teriyaki chicken filet-o has two fried chicken patties smothered in a delicious peppery, sweet sauce.
Japan McDonald’s Japanese Snacks
Sometimes an entire burger or sandwich is too much. These yummy Japan McDonald's Japanese snacks are available on the menu for these occasions.
Here's a yummy breakfast snack – petit pancakes. They're just like the typical pancakes found on the menu but miniature. Not only are they cute, but they're also easier to eat on the go, and they come with a syrup dipping sauce.
Edamame and Corn
This menu item is pretty self-explanatory – it's a cup of edamame and corn that you can purchase on the side. It's a great way to add veggies to your meal without ordering a side salad.
Here’s a menu item unlike any you’ve seen before! Shaka-chicki is similar to chicken strips. However, they come with a flavoring packet that you “shaka" them with, creating a yummy treat. The available flavors include red pepper, cheese, and lemon.
Fast Food-Inspired Authentic Japanese Snacks
Now that your mouth is watering, you're probably wondering where you can get some yummy Japanese snacks! Here are a few traditional treats that you can munch on to curb those cravings.
These yummy Koikeya Minit’s Stick Potato Suppa Mucho Plum (6 Bags) are reminiscent of fries you’d find at McDonald’s. They include a delicious ume, aka Japanese plum flavor, that will make you feel like you've traveled to Japan.
Ragueneau Sasaki Aomori Apple Caramel Yakkoi Sable Cookie (8 Pieces)
The Japanese McDonald’s menu includes a tasty hot apple pie (like the US menu). You can replicate this yummy apple flavor with a Rageueneau Sasaki Aomori Apple Caramel Yakkoi Sable Cookie (8 pieces). These cookies are chewy, buttery, and delicious.
Nihonbashi Kabou Calpico Mochi (~8 Pieces)
Calpico is a delicious milky, tangy, creamy drink popular in Japan. This delightful sweet treat is a great swap for the side cup of yogurt you can order at Japanese McDonald's. The exterior of these Nihonbashi Kabou Calpico Mochi (~8 Pieces) Japanese treats is chewy and soft, with the interior offering a yummy Calpico jam.
If you're looking for a more immersive experience of Japanese culture, try one of Bokksu Boutique's Japanese snack box options. Bokksu Boutique has some of the best Japanese snack boxes that include Japanese candy, Japanese sweets, and savory snacks. Try a Japanese snack subscription box if you want to be surprised with an array of snacks with each monthly box. Bokksu Boutique also offers Japan candy box options that include delicious exclusive Japanese candies.