Fast food is everywhere — just drive down any major road and before too long, it’s likely you’ll see a sign for one or more of the large brands that are easily recognizable to most.
Perhaps you’re a fast food fan, and if so, you probably familiar with a lot of the foods found on menus at such restaurants as McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Dunkin’ Donuts.
However, these eateries also exist in countries across the world, and some tailor the main meals to fit the culture, just like in the USA. Here’s a look at some foods that, while foreign to fast food stops in the United States, are typical to residents in other countries.
Twisty Pasta bowls
Early risers grabbing breakfast at McDonald's in Hong Kong can order a few different bowls of pasta (known as "twisty pasta"), which feature an egg and a choice of either hot chicken or tonkotsu (pork bone) broth and greens (pictured: the Ham N' Egg Twisty Pasta). The McDonald's Hong Kong online breakfast menu: mcdonalds.com.hk.
Taco Bell España sells this mini-dessert item, somewhat reminiscent of a s'more, that mixes up melted chocolate and marshmallow in a wrap. Check out the Taco Bell Spain online menu: tacobell.es.
A pita filled with two burger patties (made from fermented and spiced beef), onion, tomato, lettuce and white yogurt sauce. The McDonald's Greece online menu: mcdonalds.gr
Dry Pork and Seaweed doughnut
As seaweed and dried pork are commonly used toppings in China, it makes sense that Dunkin' Donuts restaurants across that nation offer this salty-meets-sweet doughnut. The online Dunkin' Donuts China menu: dunkindonutschina.com
Guacamole & Salsa Loaded Fries
French fries done with Australian McDonald's flair: The company's well-known fries are served with salsa and guacamole. The McDonald's Australia online menu: mcdonalds.com.au
Chicken Tikka Masala Burrito
Taco Bell restaurants in India serve their take on chicken tikka masala (chicken in a spicy, creamy sauce), making it more portable by wrapping the dish in a grilled flour tortilla. The international Taco Bell online menu: tacobell.com
A breakfast at McDonald's in Egypt can include a "McFalafel Meal," which includes falafel in a tortilla wrap that also contains onion, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and tahini sauce, as well as a small drink. The McDonald's Egypt online menu: mcdonalds.eg
Desayuno Tipico (translation: "typical breakfast") is Wendy's Honduras' breakfast combination of Italian sausage, eggs, fried banana and beans. The Wendy's Honduras online menu: wendys.hn
Double Deluxe Shrimp Burger
Two burger-sized portions of breaded shrimp, served on a bun with cheese, lettuce and Thousand Island sauce, can be yours to order if you're visiting McDonald's in Korea. The McDonald's Korea online menu: mcdonalds.co.kr
Shrimp and Avocado Burrito
Head to Taco Bell Japan to try the Shrimp and Avocado Burrito, which -- aside from what the title tells about its ingredients -- also includes salsa, lettuce and wasabi mayonnaise. The Taco Bell Japan online menu: tacobell.co.jp
Customers of McDonald's restaurants in New Zealand can grab this meaty pastry that consists of minced steak and cheese baked into a pie. The McDonald's Australia online menu: mcdonalds.co.nz
Creamy Corn Donut
Dunkin' Donuts Korea has a powdered pastry on its menu that comes filled with creamed corn. The online Dunkin' Donuts Korea menu: dunkindonuts.co.kr
McDonald's Bahrain offers a grilled item made with halloumi (a cheese made from a mix of goat, sheep and cow milk), tomato, lettuce and an olive paste. The McDonald's Bahrain online menu: mcdonaldsarabia.com/bahrain
The menu at McDonald's Japan has a shrimp burger known as the Fireo, served on a bun with lettuce and sauce. (Check out a commercial for the Fireo: http://bit.ly/2c1Gdz9.) The McDonald's Japan online menu: mcdonalds.co.jp
You'll need to travel to the island nation of Cyprus to get this dessert at a Taco Bell: a banana coated with hazelnut and praline, wrapped in tortilla and decorated with colorful bits of vermicelli. The Taco Bell Cyprus online menu: tacobell.com.cy
McDonald's in Turkey offers the Maxburger, notable for its spicy tomato and yogurt sauce. The McDonald's Turkey online menu: mcdonalds.com.tr
Found at Wendy's Philippines restaurants, this poultry dish is made with salpicao sauce (usually mixed from such ingredients as Worcestershire sauce, oil and garlic), served on a bed of rice. The Wendy's Philippines online menu: wendys.com.ph
Aussie Angus 'n' Egg
In Australia, "Macca's" (that's what they call McDonald's down under) serves this massive burger built with Angus beef, barbecue sauce, thin bacon and a fried egg, topped with caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, cheese and beet. The McDonald's Australia online menu: mcdonalds.com.au
The national dish of South Korea, kimchi -- made from seasoned and fermented cabbage -- is available at Taco Bell Korea with a blend of melted cheeses and a choice of either seasoned ground beef, Bulgogi beef, pork carnitas or marinated chicken. The Taco Bell International menu: tacobell.com
Veg Maharaja Mac
Meatless dining at McDonald's in India can include this burger stacked with a pair of crusted cheese and corn patties, served with cocktail sauce, jalapenos, shredded onions, iceberg lettuce and cheddar cheese on a sesame seed bun. The McDonald's India online menu: mcdonaldsindia.net
Wendy's Philippines has a two-piece plate of Salisbury steak served under gravy with mushrooms and rice. The Wendy's Philippines online menu: wendys.com.ph
Pumpkin and Fetta Muffin
If a McDonald's pastry made with feta cheese and pumpkin sounds tasty, you'll need to head to a participating restaurant in Australia, where such an item is on the menu. The McDonald's Australia online menu: mcdonalds.com.au
The Bubur RMD
Wendy's Malaysia serves bubur ayam, an Indonesian chicken rice porridge, better known as a congee. Malaysian Wendy's restaurants serve the broth by the bowl, which is garnished with spring onions, chilies, fried shallots and strips of chicken -- and as part of its RMD (Real Meal Deal) combo menu, it comes with a 12-ounce honey green tea. The Wendy's Malaysia online menu: wendys.com.my
Jalapeno Onion Burger
Select Korean McDonald's restaurants offer the ability to build burgers with certain ingredients; one predesigned selection is this option made with Angus beef, fried and crunchy jalapeno peppers, sour cream, onions and a jalapeno salsa sauce. The McDonald's Korea online menu: mcdonalds.co.kr
The Nasi RMD
Wendy's Malaysia also serves a version of the Indonesian fried rice dish known as nasi goreng on its Real Meal Deal (RMD) menu, adding fried chicken, nachos anchovies and cucumber to the platter. The Wendy's Malaysia online menu: wendys.com.my