The Illawarra Mercury has reported that McDonald’s is currently testing table service in Warilla, New South Wales. The trial has been approved by McDonald’s USA headquarters, and will run over a limited five week period. During this time, anyone ordering a Grand Angus, Big Mac or Chicken Deluxe meal on a Monday or Tuesday between 5pm and 8pm will have the option of having it delivered to their table on a china plate with cutlery. This idea came about after the franchisees served their parents in this way and other diners asked how they could order that! The Warilla store has also been testing a mobile app that allows people to order food in advance, so this is obviously a very forward-thinking restaurant. If you’ve been there – or tried the table service – let us know what you thought in the comments. (images from Illawarra Mercury and Sky News)
Pizza Hut Singapore is celebrating Chinese New Year with the release of its new “Ring of Fortune” pizza which is shaped like a coin (i.e. a normal pizza with a square hole in the centre). I wonder if this makes it difficult to cut… The pizza’s toppings include a golden pumpkin paste with taro, pineapple, barbecue chicken, pok chui (crispy dough), and mushrooms. The crust features no less than three cheeses inside and out, and there’s cornflakes stuck to the outside just to add to the golden-ness. (via Foodbeast)
As previously reported, rumour has it that Aussies will finally get to sample the legendary McRib during the upcoming London Olympics. This week, Burger Business published some more details of what will supposedly be our Olympics-themed Maccas menu, with each item being named for a past host city: the Atlanta Pork McRib from May 23 to June 5 (get in quick!) the Sydney Stack burger (with beetroot, lettuce, tomato and pineapple), the Barcelona Omelette and the Paris Chocolate delight from May 23 to August 14. London Fish & Fries from June 13 to June 27. Beijing Chicken from July 4 to July 18. Stay tuned for more information – and of course the definitive reviews – as these items hit our shores. I’m already in training for what will surely be a big couple of months. Update: it’s finally here…check out my review.
Readers from the UK will be familiar with Jaffa Cakes – a sponge base with a layer of orange jelly that’s covered in chocolate – a yummy treat that’s been the subject of much debate over the years on whether it’s a biscuit or a cake. Inspired by Willy Wonka, manufacturer McVities has installed an elevator in a London office building that has 1,325 Jaffa Cakes stuck to its walls which you can lick as you go up and down. Classy. Apparently the cakes are removed once licked by someone who must have drawn the short straw in community service deployments. Now I like a Jaffa Cake but this is just horrific. Let’s hope it’s revealed as a hoax – imagine being number 1,000…? (via gizmodo.com.au)
Perhaps the most famous of all “limited edition” McDonald’s items is the McRib, a pork “sandwich” first introduced in 1981. It has come and gone from American McDonald’s menus ever since, and has also appeared in other places around the globe. Its notoriety is such that its fanbase is referred to as “the cult of McRib” – it’s even featured in two “farewell” tours, and was beautifully parodied by The Simpsons’ Ribwich. So what is the McRib? It’s quite simply a pork patty with barbecue sauce, onions and pickles on a 14cm (5 1/2 inch) roll. The boneless pork patty is moulded to look like a rack of ribs, although it mainly consists of pork shoulder meat, according to McDonald’s. According to others it’s a product of “restructured meat technology” and includes a flour-bleaching agent used in yoga mats, but if we really cared about such things we wouldn’t be…
Well it’s been some five months since I last posted, and my life has finally returned to normal – albeit with some major changes – so it’s time to get things rolling again. I still work in Mandurah but I’ve recently moved back to Huntingdale – just down the road from The Roastery, as it happens – and I’ve started exploring the northern suburbs, so expect reviews from all over Perth as well as the usual selection of fast food fun, crazy recipe tests and anything else that catches my eye. Thanks to those of you who sent kind messages over the last few months, you have truly inspired me to make Morsels bigger and better…now on with the show!
American blog Within The Empier reports that a McDonald’s in Algonquin, Illinois is testing a rather odd creation named the English Pub Burger. As the ad says: “If someone asks you if you fancy an English Pub Burger, the correct response is YES! This sandwich is smashing, made with 1/3 lb. of 100% Angus beef, hickory-smoked bacon, white cheddar & American cheese, grilled onions, tangy steak sauce & smoky Dijon mustard sauce all housed on an artisan roll. It’s so tasty, you’ll be gobsmacked!” This burger seems to be part of the current trend towards localised / nationalised fast food. It certainly sounds tasty (and according to Within The Empier it is), although I can’t really see what’s English about this burger…American cheese & Dijon mustard? (pictures from Within The Empier via BurgerBusiness)