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10 Unusual Items from McDonald's International Menu


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The McArabia
Palestinian kids waiting for their falafel sandwich in East Jerusalem, Israel. The balls of falafel are on the right.
Palestinian kids waiting for their falafel sandwich in East Jerusalem, Israel. The balls of falafel are on the right.
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If you're stopping for street food in Egypt, you'll find two types of sandwiches. One is shawarma. This sandwich starts with a big hunk of lamb or chicken rotating on a spit. The vendor will shave piles of the meat into your warm pita bread. Another is falafel. The falafel vendor will stuff fried chickpea balls into your pita, then add vegetables and tahini sauce, a sesame seed paste.

McDonald's does its best to imitate, not only in Egypt, but across the Middle East. It serves the McArabia, two chicken or beef patties in pita bread with lettuce, tomato, onion and tahini sauce. We see this more as a transplanted hamburger than shawarma or falafel.

Up next, let's travel to Europe for McDonald's take on Italian.


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