The Big Mac, the Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Chicken McNuggets… for those of us who visit McDonalds in America, these menu items are all familiar. But overseas, McDonalds has released a number of foods that cater to local tastes, and many of these items seem kind of… unexpected… to many of us in the Western world.

In fact, some of these McDonalds items are even stranger than pizza in an ice cream cone.

1. Green Tea & Red Bean Ice Cream Sundae

Featured on menus in Hong Kong, the Green Tea & Red Bean Ice Cream Sundae is made with vanilla soft serve, and topped with green tea-flavored syrups and azuki beans, a sweet-tasting bean that is often used for desserts throughout Asia.

2. Breakfast Bacon Lettuce Egg McWrap

This seems pretty Westernized, with the exception of the lettuce. A similar chicken Caesar wrap is also available, but only for breakfast.

3. Samurai Pork Burger

The Samurai Pork Burger, featured on the menu in Thailand, features pork instead of a beef patty. A similar product, the Shogun Burger, is on menus in China.

4. Seaweed Seasoned Fries

These fries are seasoned with seaweed and salt, and you apply the seasoning yourself. Other seasonings include “chargrill” and French onion.

5. McRice

Popular in Singapore, the McRice is served between two fried rice patties.

6. Bubur Ayam

Chicken strips in a thick porridge with vegetables and hot peppers.

7. McSpaghetti

No, this item doesn’t hail from Italy, it’s actually on the menu in the Philippines.

8. McHot Dog Mega Sausage

Yup, that’s a hot dog. But it’s only available as part of the breakfast menu!

9. Pies

Breakfast varieties include ham and egg, and bacon and potato. Dessert pies run the gamut from banana to taro to pineapple.

10. Breakfast Pasta Soup with Egg and Sausage

This breakfast-only item includes veggies, sausage, eggs, and pasta in chicken broth.

11. Double Beef Prosperity Burger

Offered in Malaysia, this is part burger, part French dip sandwich. Each patty is dipped in a spicy pepper sauce, and topped with onions.

12. Filet-o-Shrimp

This ebi-burger (ebi is Japanese for shrimp) is served with secret sauce. The secret’s out, McDonalds. We know the secret is just Thousand Island dressing.

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Tucker is a freelance writer based in New England. She writes for numerous websites, and is the co-host of T & T's Bad Booze Review.

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