How to make McDonald’s 100x better? A Secret Way to Eat I’ve Been Gatekeeping for Over 2 Decades and McDonald’s Taiwan Delivery Review and A Journey Through McDonald’s Iconic Legacy
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Regarding fast food, McDonald’s is a global icon known for its consistent taste and familiar offerings. However, if you have friends from Taiwan, you’ve all heard that McDonald’s Taiwan is way better than the West. The rumour is true. McDonald’s in Taiwan has unique and delightful flavours that set it apart from its Western counterparts.
When I first came to Taiwan in second grade elementary, I was mind blown by McDonald’s Taiwan. My go-to had always been the McNuggets combo, and I never bothered to try the rest because when I find something I like, I stick to it. I’m as stubborn as that. While the whole world raved about the “Sweet and Sour” dip that came with McNuggets, I never bothered to try them. I only sprinkled pepper on my fries ad nuggets; I didn’t even use ketchup. However, somehow when I was in Taiwan, they always tasted much better. My parents used to praise me for not using unnecessary condiments, which made me proud of myself, only to find out years later then pepper sachets provided by McDonald’s Taiwan were a mixture of pepper, salt and MSG. I grew up in the West; I had no knowledge of MSG since MSG was relatively less used there. Boom, mystery solved. Therefore, McDonald’s Taiwan tasted better. However, it’s important to note that McDonald’s Taiwan has improved over the years, which I’ll be explaining more in this blog post, and the pepper sachets now are merely black pepper. In my years spent in Taiwan, I ate McDonald’s daily. While McDonald’s in the West is considered cheap, McDonald’s in Taiwan is relatively more expensive since everything in Taiwan is dirt cheap (except for eggs nowadays).
Only when McDoald’s Taiwan came out with a promotion did you get a sweet discount if you do a Big Mac rap when ordering the Big Mac combo. I’ve always had a talent for rapping, so, as usual, when my mom asked me what I wanted for lunch, I answered, “McDonald’s!” Except during the promotion period, I changed my order to the Big Mac combo, and I stood before her and did the rap before she paid. She didn’t know what I was doing then; I don’t think my mom even noticed that she had spent less than half of the amount she had paid. She just stared at me and didn’t know why I was mumbling some gibberish at the counter. “My daughter is a freak,” she must have thought.
Fast forward to 2020, when I first got eczema, I had to stop eating out, which meant cutting my beloved McDonald’s from my diet. My tears roll down my cheek as I pen down this chapter. I can’t believe I survived three unbearable years without McDonald’s. Last week was my mom’s birthday; I wanted to give her a day off, so I suggested ordering delivery and asked her what she was craving.”I want McDonald’s!” She answered affirmly. “What do you want from McDonald’s?”
“I want a Big Mac combo! With fries! And a McFlurry!”
My mom had permanently opted for the Crispy chicken. After being dumbfounded and speechless for 30 seconds or so, I snap back to reality, ” Are you sure? Your go-to is the Crispy chicken; that’s the fried chicken thighs and legs,” I responded.
“Yes! I want the Big Mac combo!” her pitch raised about 30%.
“Do you even know what a Big Mac is? It’s a double-layered burger.”
“Yes! I want the Big Mac combo! With fries! and a McFlurry!” She was almost shouting at this point.”
“Alright, alright, Big Mac combo it is then,” I calm her down.
“Your food would be ready by the time you get home.”
Since it’s been 3 years since I last ate McDonald’s, it was only fair for me to order both my favourites, the Big Mac and the McNuggets combo and a McFlurry for myself. Foreigners are often impressed by the convenience of living in Taiwan. Everything here is so fast-paced. Therefore, every delivery person is grumpy. Since the pandemic, food delivery has been restricted to the lobby only. I ordered my delivery by phone, and the representative said the delivery time was approximately 30 minutes. It takes me about 15 to put on my shoes with disability. I didn’t want to be yelled at, so I started changing as soon as I hung up the phone. I received the call from my delivery man sooner than I expected. I kindly asked him to wait for me since I knew I was slower than ordinary people. I panicked and stumbled everywhere, almost falling every step as I made my way downstairs. Surprisingly, he waited patiently without a frown, a first for me in Taiwan.
“I’m going to shower you with a big, fat tip,” I thought. My order was jumbo and required at least 2 hands to carry. I began to worry as I watched the young man take out my order from his insulated bag.
“Do you have s bag for me?” I asked worriedly.
“Did you purchase a bag?” he asked.
“I didn’t know I had to,” I answered.
“Why don’t I carry them up for you?” He saw the cane I carried and offered.
“Are you allowed to?” I asked.
“Your tip just raised from 30% to 50%,” I thought.
Taiwan doesn’t have a tipping culture, so he was shocked when I offered him a tip.
And that’s the story of how I successfully ordered my first McDonald’s delivery for the first time with disabilities in 3 long years.
My Secret Way of Eating McDonald’s to Make it 100x Better:
In my the YouTube video above, you’ll find my secret way to eat McNuggets to make it at least 100 times better. It’s a secret I’ve been gatekeeping for over 2 decades. I used to think I’m special. Now that I’ve figured “special” is just a polite word for “freak,” I’m not afraid to share anymore. You’re welcome!
More about McDonald’s:
McDonald’s is a household name that has left an indelible mark on the global fast-food industry. With its iconic golden arches and a menu that caters to diverse palates, McDonald’s has become synonymous with convenience, affordability, and a unique dining experience. In this blog, we will delve into the history, menu offerings, global reach, and cultural impact of McDonald’s, shedding light on what makes it one of the most successful fast-food chains in the world.
If you’re a movie junkie and also happen to be a McDonald’s fan like me, you must be familiar with the classic title, “The Founder.” “The Founder” is a biographical drama film released in 2016, which tells the story of Ray Kroc, the businessman who built McDonald’s fast food empire. While as the movie is based on actual events, it takes some creative liberties and dramatic license in portraying certain events and characters. Therefore, it’s essential to approach the film as a dramatization rather than a completely accurate historical account.
The History of McDonald’s -The Origins of an Iconic Fast Food Chain:
McDonald’s was founded by Maurice and Richard McDonald in 1940, first as a small drive-in restaurant in San Bernardino, California. However, it was not until 1955 that Ray Kroc, a visionary entrepreneur, joined the company and transformed it into a franchise business model. Kroc’s emphasis on standardization, speed, and consistency revolutionized the fast-food industry, leading to McDonald’s rapid expansion across the United States and, later, the world.
Here are several key differences between the film and the actual historical events:
Ray Kroc‘s initial involvement: The movie portrays Ray Kroc as the driving force behind the success of McDonald’s from the beginning. In reality, Kroc became involved with the company after the McDonald brothers had already established their original restaurant in San Bernardino, California. Kroc was impressed by their innovative fast-food system and saw its potential for expansion.
The role of the McDonald brothers: The film downplays the contributions of Richard and Maurice McDonald in developing the innovative fast-food system. It portrays them more as passive participants and victims of Kroc’s ambitions. In reality, the McDonald brothers were the ones who conceived and perfected the assembly-line system and the Speedee Service System, which were instrumental in McDonald’s success.
The franchise model: The film suggests that Ray Kroc was the one who came up with the idea of franchising McDonald’s restaurants. However, it was the McDonald brothers who first started franchising their brand. Kroc later took over the franchising aspects and expanded the company at a faster pace.
Kroc’s relationship with the McDonald brothers: While the film portrays a contentious relationship between Ray Kroc and the McDonald brothers, the reality is more complex. There were indeed disagreements and tensions between them, but they also worked together at times and had a shared vision for the company.
Business tactics and negotiations: The movie portrays Ray Kroc as using aggressive tactics to take over the company from the McDonald brothers. While Kroc eventually bought out the McDonald brothers’ stake in the company, the actual negotiations and business dealings were more complex and involved multiple parties.
It’s important to remember that “The Founder” is a fictionalized account of the events and should be viewed as a dramatization rather than a completely accurate historical record.
Menu Offerings and Innovations – Signature Menu Items: From Big Macs to McNuggets:
One of the critical factors behind McDonald’s success is its diverse and ever-evolving menu. From the classic Big Mac to the iconic Chicken McNuggets, McDonald’s offers various choices to cater to different tastes and preferences. In recent years, McDonald’s has also responded to changing consumer demands by introducing healthier options like salads, fruit smoothies, and grilled chicken sandwiches. These innovations have helped McDonald’s maintain relevance in an era of increased health consciousness.
Global Reach and Market Presence – How Ray Kroc Took McDonald’s Global:
McDonald’s is a true global giant, serving millions of customers in over 100 countries every day. The company’s international expansion began in 1967 with a restaurant opening in Canada, followed by European, Asia, and beyond locations.
Adapting to Local Tastes Around the World – Leaving a Lasting Mark on Popular Culture:
McDonald’s localized approach, adapting its menu to suit regional tastes and cultural preferences, has significantly impacted its global success. In many countries, McDonald’s has become an integral part of the local food culture.
Social Responsibility and Sustainability Initiatives – Commitment to Social Responsibility and Sustainability:
McDonald’s recognizes the importance of social responsibility and sustainability as a global corporation. McDonald’s has implemented various initiatives to reduce its environmental impact, such as sustainable sourcing of ingredients, minimizing packaging waste, and promoting recycling. Additionally, McDonald’s has actively engaged in philanthropic efforts, including supporting local communities, children’s charities, and educational programs. These initiatives demonstrate McDonald’s commitment to making a positive difference beyond its core business operations.
Cultural Impact and Iconic Advertising – McDonald’s Advertising and Brand Recognition:
McDonald’s has not only impacted the fast-food industry but has also become a significant cultural phenomenon.
The Cultural Significance of the Golden Arches:
The brand’s advertising campaigns, featuring memorable characters like Ronald McDonald and slogans like “I’m lovin’ it,” have permeated popular culture and contributed to McDonald’s brand recognition. Moreover, McDonald’s restaurants have served as social gathering places and symbols of American culture in many countries, reflecting the influence of globalization and the spread of Western consumerism.
The Cultural Significance of the Golden Arches
Why McDonald’s Fries are So Iconic? McDonald’s Iconic fries:
There are 2 factions of foodies who love fries, one who likes them fat and crunchy, one who likes them skinny and long, like McDonald’s fries. The length and shape of McDonald’s fries are primarily determined by the specific potato variety used and the manufacturing process. McDonald’s fries are made from a particular type of potato, the Russet Burbank, known for its high starch content and desirable texture when cooked. These potatoes are cut into elongated shapes using specialized equipment.
Regarding the claim that McDonald’s fries are toxic, it is crucial to separate facts from misinformation. Like any fried food, excessive consumption of French fries, including those from McDonald’s, can harm one’s health due to their high fat and calorie content. However, no specific evidence suggests that McDonald’s fries are toxic or inherently more harmful than fries from other fast-food chains or homemade versions.
It is worth noting McDonald’s efforts made to improve the nutritional profile of its fries over the years. In response to consumer concerns about trans fats, the company transitioned to a cooking oil with lower trans fat content. Additionally, McDonald’s has reduced the amount of sodium in its fries and eliminated artificial trans fats.
As with any food, moderation is key. Enjoying McDonald’s fries as an occasional treat as part of a balanced diet is unlikely to pose significant health risks. However, individuals with specific dietary concerns or health conditions should always consult healthcare professionals for personalized advice.
The Evolution of McDonald’s for the Modern Consumer
McDonald’s enduring success can be attributed to the company’s ability to adapt to its consumers’ ever-changing preferences, its commitment to quality and consistency, and its global reach. From humble beginnings, McDonald’s has become a dominant force in the fast-food industry, leaving an indelible mark on both the culinary landscape and popular culture. As the golden arches continue to shine across the globe, McDonald’s remains a beacon of convenience, affordability and a symbol of the fast-paced modern world.Collaborations or become one of us（邀稿、合作、或加入「時尚高潮的團隊）： 賴 （Line）ID: Tinkeebellezza ( 沒有 @，“T”大寫，要傳訊息才看的到哦！） Line App ID: Tinkeebellezza ( Capital “T,” without @, please send us a message, so we don’t miss you!) https://line.me/ti/p/Riv8JfyrwU Email: email@example.com 電話/ WhatsApp: (+886) 958771010 追蹤＆按讚 / Connect with us： ＦＢ （Facebook): http://www.facebook.com/fashionecsta 追蹤： @FashionEcstasy ( I G、 推特） follow: FashionEcstasy (Instagram & Twitter) 還有： @Tanya.fashionecstasy (IG) @HsuTanya (Twitter) Also: @Tanya.fashionecstasy (Instagram) & @HsuTanya (Twitter) Youtube YT訂閱 / Please subscribe to our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/FashionEcstasydotcom?sub_confirmation=1