The Travel Channel is notorious for coming up with new ideas to pique our interest. This show, which started in December, 2012, takes us to other countries to see the types of foods served by the fast food companies from the United States who have had to fine-tune their menus to accommodate the local flavors and religious customs of that country. They also incorporate abundant foods of these countries that are staples at most of their meals. The twists in ingredients are very interesting.
A few examples include locally grown dates as topping used by Dunkin’ Donuts, and a pizza from Pizza Hut that is topped with 12 small hamburgers, both in Dubai, McDonald’s getting a new spin in Latin America where they serve fried beans for breakfast, or Istanbul, where they serve Turkish meatballs on the burgers instead of the all-beef patty we all know. In India, you will find no meat at all in the burgers, but instead a vegetarian burger. In Japan, Baskin Robbins serves kiwi sorbet to take advantage of the abundance of kiwi, and in Bali, A & W Root Beer offers mango chicken pockets.
Fast Foods Gone Global is a very educational show. We get a glimpse inside of the countries and cultures that these fast food giants willingly adapt to in order to become successful in an environment that is not familiar to us, or them. You will find that there is a reason for every change in the menu. Some are simply the foods that are eaten in the culture, but many times there are deeper reasons like religious rules, or something that has a taboo element to it for another reason. It is a good learning tool for the kids, and interesting to the adults.
Upcoming episodes include the U.S., where some members of fast food restaurants from other countries bring their local tastes to our fast food restaurants, to Asia and Africa where we will get to see the spin that is put on the fast foods we are used to. Fast Foods Gone Global airs on Wednesday at 10pm, Eastern time, and is a one hour program.