fast food

McDonald’s Japan to Close 110 Stores, Expand Home Delivery Service in 2013

Oh, Ronald! Where did it all go so wrong!?

McDonald’s Japan, a frequent guest on our pages thanks to its exciting promotional campaigns and stories about kids trying to eat almost their bodyweight in fries, yesterday announced that it is to close 100 stores across the country.

The move comes as a surprise to many since the fast food champion reported strong sales figures last year despite most businesses feeling the effects of the 11 March earthquake and resulting nuclear crisis.

The company is, however, hoping that the expansion of its home delivery service will fill the gaps left by their closed stores, and plans to more than quadruple the number of stores that will deliver delicious, greasy treats to your door.

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Burger King Japan’s Pumpkin Bomb Burger, Five Times the Pumpkin For $1.25

Burger King Japan, forever in the shadow of the golden arches, is always looking for new ways to attract customers.  They’ve already tried selling 15 bacon strips for $1 (resulting in a 105 strip bacon burger) and turned to the dark side with their completely black Kuro Burger.

This time, Burger King Japan will release a fall-inspired burger filled with pumpkin.

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Lotteria’s Tower Cheese Burger: The Reality of Five Patties Covered in Melted Cheese

Major Japanese fast food burger chain Lotteria is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year.  In commemoration, they have brought back the infamous Tower Cheese Burger, five beef patties with five cheese slices, and introduced a five layered shrimp patty burger— each for only 500 yen (about $6.25 US) !

Sounds like great value for anyone with a carnivorous appetite, and, in case five patties sounds too overwhelming, you can also knock the tower down to three or four. Either way, they stack ’em high!   …or they try, at least… 

As you can probably tell from the picture above, we recently found out that reality isn’t always what the advertisements make it out to be.  Is this supposed to be a lesson in facing up to the truth? Read More

Japan’s Gyūdon Giants Launch Pricey New Dishes After Facing Financial Losses

While hamburger chains like McDonald’s Japan may be forever shaving yen off their prices and launching campaigns like free hamburgers and coffee, stores like Yoshinoya and Sukiya, home of the original Japanese fast food, gyūdon, are about to become a little more expensive.

The stores, which have been locked in fierce price wars for years, have, until recently, hoped to attract customers by offering rock-bottom prices and seasonal offers, but are beginning to feel the strain.

Is the businessman’s staple dish about to get a dash of sophistication? Or will the same-old beef bowl simply receive a bigger price tag?

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Lotteria’s Tower Cheeseburger Returns and It Brought Friends: Value, Shrimp, and Puns

Japanese fast food chain Lotteria is celebrating its 40th anniversary by bringing back the Tower Cheeseburger!  Yes, the Tower Cheeseburger is nothing new: RocketNews24 has reported on it before and, of course, made an ungodly sized burger out of it (pictured above).

Worry not though, as Lotteria has a lot more in store for its big 4-0.  For starters, the price of their 5-storey (five beef patties and five cheese slices) Tower Cheeseburger this year will cost a measly 500 yen! (US$6)

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Burger King Hopes Once You Go Black, You Never Go Back with their new Kuro Burger

Burger King is currently celebrating their 5th year in Japan.  But in an already saturated fast food market the famous American chain is a little late to the game.

So, in an effort to truly stand out from the crowd, Burger King Japan has designed fast food’s first black hamburger.  Dubbed the Kuro Burger (lit. Black Burger), it will go on sale for a limited time starting 28 September.

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Cruel Chicken’s Thesis: Is Colonel Sanders a Closet Cosplayer?

An image of a Colonel Sanders statue dressed up as Evangelion Unit-01 has been making the rounds on the Japanese internet…again.

Though the image above first popped up on the net over a year ago, its recent resurface makes a good opportunity to examine Japan’s fascination with dressing up the KFC mascot in further detail.

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Fast Food Customer Service in Japan Vs. Fast Food Customers in America: Two Videos Spark Discussion on Japanese Net

The fast food experience in Japan is much different that it is in America.

In Japan, step into any fast food restaurant and you are treated with the kind of service you see in commercials. Polite and attentive staff work in seemingly perfect unison to get customers their meal as quickly as possible, all while maintaining a smile on their face.

In America, the reality isn’t so golden. Fast food staff are often uninspired and lack enthusiasm and, perhaps as one reason for that, the customers can be loud, obtrusive and sometimes even violent.

At least, this is the image people are getting from two YouTube videos that have been making the rounds in the Japanese net since this weekend.

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The Best Tasting French Fries in Japan Are…

French fries, or “furaido potato”, as they are called here in Japan, are the standard side order to all kinds of fast food.  Which fast food shop has the best tasting fries in Japan? My Navi News  decided to find out by canvassing 1000 working men and women from the ages of 22 to 32 on Japanese social networking service Mixi.

The results show the top fast food shops ranked by their french fries along with a few select comments from those polled. Their occupations and genders are also shown and although there may not be any direct correlation in occupation to french fry tastes, their education does suggest a discerning taste in french fry eating.  The gender of the people taking the survey appears to have absolutely no significance except that ‘gender role-happy’ Japan cares about such information.

The survey was conducted by simply asking, “Which fast food restaurant makes the best french fries?”

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The Birth of a New Osaka Specialty, Hoping to Put the “Osaka Burger” on the Map!

The dainty little burger you see in the photo above is the new “Osaka Burger.” But does it look like a burger to you?  Maybe a burger with the meat on the outside? 

The Osaka Burger actually uses the famous Osaka specialty, okonomiyaki, for buns and consists of a chicken patty, fried egg with shiso leaf and topped with a plum sauce, (bainiku sauce). 

And it actually was known as something else before being called the Osaka Burger: “Ume Chicken”, the most popular item on the menu at Osaka Burger Kaen Hanamaru.  Whatever you want to call it, its originality sparks the curiosity enough to make you wonder: ‘how does it taste? 

The Osaka Burger will appreciate your curiosity because it hopes to represent Osaka cuisine alongside the ranks of okonomiyaki and skewered deep-fried pork by bringing together several regional specialties into a new and exciting culinary experience through the burger!

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McD’s “Miami Fries”, Only in Italia! We Went to Have a Taste

They don’t mess around in Italy. Next to the regular french fries on the McDonald’s menu, you’ll find Miami Fries. Customers regularly substitute these fries with the combo sets. Read More

Pile It On! Beef Rice Bowls May be Japan’s Favorite Rice Bowl Dish, But This Pork Bowl Certainly Offers a Tasty and Voluminous Alternative

Okay, it’s a fact that the Japanese love “gyu-don— braised beef and onions on rice, sometimes topped with a raw egg. All over Japan, you can find a gyudon shop on almost every street. But what if you’re in a mood for something other than a beef rice bowl? Well, we’ve found a shop that offers an excellent alternative, “buta-don“, or pork on rice. And we’re not talking about just any regular buta-don. At this shop, you can order an extra-large buta-don that really piles the pork on – so much, in fact, that you can barely see the bowl beneath all the pork! Read More

One Man’s Junk Food is Another Monsieur’s Gourmet

There’s this new potsticker (aka gyza, aka dumpling) restaurant that opened in Paris, that people are actually lining up to get into. We wondered what all the fuss was about, so we went there to check it out ourselves. Read More

Colonel Sanders’ Chinese Concubine? We Visit China’s KFC Rip-off Noodle Shop “Grandma Ji’s Mala Tang”

Black-framed glasses, black bowtie, white jacket, a soothing smile framed in a well kempt beard: these are the things that usually come to mind when thinking about Kentucky Fried Chicken’s beloved founder and mascot, Colonel Sanders.

That iconic image of the Colonel can now be found illuminating KFC storefronts in over 100 countries around the world and China is no exception. In fact, the Chinese love the Colonel so much that some restaurant owners even rip offpay homage to him with their own amusing interpretations like Obama Fried Chicken.

We recently came across one such restaurant in Shanghai that turned our beloved Colonel into an elderly Chinese woman—and she doesn’t even sell fried chicken!

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No Ice Cream For You! Keep Others’ Hands Off with Ben & Jerry’s Euphori-Lock

If you haven’t had it happen to you yet, statistically speaking, at some point in your life you will fall victim to someone eating your ice cream. Your. Ice. Cream! Avoid such a tragedy with Ben & Jerry’s Euphori-Lock, a combination lock that fits on to pint cartons of ice cream, available for under $7 (US). Basically, it’s a two-part plastic security ring that slips around the upper lid.

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Instant Ramen for a Different Kind of Dog-Lover

Next time you pick up a package of instant ramen, you may want to look extra closely at the label. A media outlet in Hong Kong recently reported that a type of instant ramen containing dog meat has been growing in popularity. Read More

Sushi is arguably Japan’s most famous gift to the world.  Loved for its uniqueness and delicate design, sushi should only be crafted by skilled hands developed over years of training and apprenticeship.

But with global demand for Japan’s signature dish rising every day it’s getting more and more difficult to produce enough skilled labor to meet it.  It’s during exactly these moments of weakness when the robots like to make their next move towards global domination.

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How to Convert Minutes to Cheeseburgers? New McD’s Ad Campaign

You will stop thinking in minutes and hours, and start seeing time in terms of cheeseburgers and milkshakes, if the McDonald’s new ad campaign’s persuasive power works its charms.

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Are You Adult Enough for this Pepsi?

Summer is a competitive time for beverage companies, who duke it out to get those thirsty, hot customers. Actually, manufacturers (as well as regular people) are still contending this year with a lean, electricity-short summer, a season when the demand for power understandably goes up. Amid all these circumstances, those of you who yearn for an unsweet soft drink should have a crack at ‘Pepsi Black’, coming mid-June.

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Special menu for McDonald’s staff – plain “salt-flavored hamburger”- is definitely good enough for regular customers!

You may have heard various stories about special food items at McDonald’s eaten by the staff and not on the regular menu. One such item that is rumored to be a staple among McDonald’s staff in Japan is shio-burger, or plain salt-flavored hamburger. Apparently, this item is quite well-known among McDonald’s fans, so we decided to get to the bottom of what this mysterious hamburger is like. Read More

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