What’s the latest culinary creation to hit fast food? The Kentucky Fried Chicken in South Korea recently released the Zinger Double Down King, a sandwich with a beef patty, bacon and a "bun" made of two fried chicken patties. It comes in at 750 calories and according to the Wall Street Journal, arrives just one year after the Zinger Double Down Maxx at KFC in Singapore, which consisted of a hash brown, cheese, and bacon sandwiched between two pieces of fried chicken. What other franken-foods have sprouted up at Asian outlets of American chains? Here’s what five countries are offering.
(1) Philippines: McDonald’s, Chicken McDo with McSpaghetti
In the Philippines, McDonald’s sells a dish with fried chicken and spaghetti. In addition, the restaurant offers a delivery service. What else is available for delivery? A hamdesal -- a breakfast sandwich made from pandesal (a special Filipino-style roll), Canadian bacon, pineapple sauce, cheese and an egg.
(2) China: Dunkin’ Donuts, Dry Pork and Seaweed donut
Dried pork and seaweed are popular toppings for sweetbreads in China, so these savory toppings make a natural fusion for this breakfast treat.
(3) Singapore: Burger King, Taro Turnover
This root vegetable may not seem like the most obvious filling for a pastry, but taro is used for all sorts of desserts throughout the Asian Pacific. This isn’t Burger King’s most creative take in Asia -– the chain in Japan features a kuro burger, in which both the cheese and the buns have been dyed black for this special limited time offer.
(4) India: Taco Bell, Kathitto
The Taco Bell in India serves a fusion burrito. The restaurant offers the Kathitto, a take on a kathi roll, and stuffs it with traditional burrito fillings, or as the company brands it – “Mexican inside, Indian outside.” Yum! Brands, which owns Taco Bell, has also set up KFC and Pizza Hut in the South Asian country.
(5) Taiwan: Pizza Hut, Pineapple Bun Stuffed Crust Pizza
Forget the cheese-stuffed crust. Taiwan now offers a pineapple bun crust for its pies. Pineapple buns are sweet, soft breads that don’t actually contain pineapple, and neither does this crust.