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Here are some pics from a recent trip to Hong Kong.  Compare and contrast with the pics I took last year in Shanghai.  This one is more Westernized.

NOTE:  There were about 7.4 Hong Kong dollars for every US dollar, but they use the standard $ sign.  This lead to interesting signs like a vending machine selling a bag of M&M's for $8.

mcdonalds hong kong

This one's a rush job as I was simply making a connection in Tokyo and didn't leave Narita airport.  But that didn't stop me from grabbing some comfort:

mcdonalds tokyo

ronald mcdonald

When I heard that Ronald McDonald was getting a makeover the way I was hearing it I thought it would be more dramatic than this. 

wendys bbq chicken ranch salad

The BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad at Wendy's is a new premium fast food entree that really is premium.  Joining its cousin, the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad, the BBQ Ranch salad arrives packed with all the ingredients for a complete and satisfying meal.

wendys bbq chicken ranch salad

The salad arrives in a standard Wendy's plastic salad container with dressing on the side.  The salad is generous enough for two.  In fact, my wife and I split this salad for lunch and didn't feel slighted.  If you are alone or not that hungry, there is a half-sized version as well.

wendys bbq chicken ranch salad

Look at that salad.  Picture-perfect.  Even the food stylists would be impressed.  The salad comes with a bed of that leaf-lettuce that is so hip right now.  Chopped chicken and bacon are mixed in with corn, tomato and shredded cheese.  Drizzle on some of the BBQ Ranch dressing and you will be one happy camper.  The dressing is special to the salad and is what gives this item its name.  It's mostly BBQ but not straight BBQ sauce.  Somewhat tangy and sweet, more dressing than BBQ sauce. 

Check it out the next time you're looking for fast food that's fast but different!

mcdonalds bacon clubhouse

McDonald's is pulling out all the stops in making the new Bacon Clubhouse sandwiches feel at home.  Aside from the liberal advertising, the burger and chicken sandwiches take over their bags and get their own custom boxes.  It is enough to make you think the Bacon Clubhouse is here to stay.

mcdonalds bacon clubhouse

Following the pattern of other recent premium menu offerings, McDonald's is offering the Bacon Clubhouse as either a quarter-pound burger or grilled chicken sandwich.  Both sandwiches come dressed in grilled onions, thick strips of bacon, Special Sauce (wow), lettuce, tomato, and white cheddar cheese.  They sit on a new "artisan" bun.

mcdonalds bacon clubhouse

mcdonalds bacon clubhouse

The burger variety is eerily similar to the Quarter Pounder Deluxe reviewed last September.  However, the addition of Special Sauce and grilled onions are welcome, as is the pliable but sturdy artisan bun.  

I found the McDonald's Bacon Clubhouse burger to be tasty, with a salty and savory taste one would expect from a meat-and-bacon-centered sandwich.  The assembly order has the Special Sauce on the top and bottom, but my order didn't have enough to really stand out.  I was craving a Big Mac when I ordered this and the burger, while hearty, didn't satisfy that craving (even with the Special Sauce).  Eating it upside down so that my tongue encountered more of the toppings before the meat helped taste the garden and condiments.

All in all, the Bacon Clubhouse is a great sandwich and one to try.  However, I just can't help but not get excited about this.  So many premium burgers have come and gone at McDonald's lately that it's really hard to fall in love with something that could be fleeting.

Here are some pics from Burger King in Hong Kong:

burger king hong kong

I think the scale of the Whopper Jr. pic is a little misleading.

burger king hong kong

The BK Double Mushroom Swiss and BK Double BBQ Bacon Cheese are truly mouthfuls.

burger king hong kong

The Italian Affair, made with Australian Angus Beef.

burger king hong kong

burger king hong kong

Unwrapping the Whopper meal:

burger king hong kong

burger king hong kong

Just as sloppily-made as in the States and just as good.

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