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Old 06.02.2011, 11:14
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International Fast Food: Schweizer Qualität?

OK, I hate to start yet another fast food thread but I wanted to know whether I could be right about this. Recently, a friend came over from the UK (he is from the UK but had just flown from Singapore) and we stopped at McDonalds just after he arrived. He wasn't happy about having to eat it but it was a Sunday and our choices were limited. He ordered a chicken sandwich. He took one bite, looked up at me and smiled. He told me that this was the best McDonalds chicken sandwich in the world. He said that in fact this wasn't a McDonalds chicken sandwich. He said "it tastes like it's made from bread, chicken, mayo and lettuce"

A similar experience was shared by me. I arrived in Palma airport and there's a Burger King there. I saw the price of a Whopper - just over a third of what it is here, was starving and thought - Yes! A cheeky, cheapy whopper!

I took one bite and spat, put the whopper down and walked off. This was not the same whopper as in HB. The meat was rubbery, the bun was floury. The whole thing was tepid.


So I ask you - what's up with fast food here? I know it's super expensive, but maybe you get what you pay for?
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Old 06.02.2011, 11:38
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Re: International Fast Food: Schweizer Qualität?

It always makes you feel better when you pay more. It's psychological. Never fool yourself McDonald tastes the same all over the world
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Re: International Fast Food: Schweizer Qualität?

So true, I hadn't eaten fast food or McDonald's for years before I moved to Switzerland. I had a homesick breakdown-need-a-hamburger-& fries moment and I was so happy to discover the major difference here in Switzerland.

They don't put all of the additives & fillers in the food that they put back in the States. Even Coca Cola tastes better!

I've been wondering about the KFC across the border in France...are they real chickens? (Not the genetically modified chickens) If so, I'll be venturing out for a fried chicken mission.
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Old 06.02.2011, 11:44
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It always makes you feel better when you pay more. It's psychological. Never fool yourself McDonald tastes the same all over the world
I really don't think so. Take the chicken: there are no battery farms in Switzerland and McDonalds is made from Swiss chicken - free range or similar. I really think you're getting quality stuff there. Sure it's high in fat etc, but quality none the less.
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Old 06.02.2011, 11:48
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So I ask you - what's up with fast food here? I know it's super expensive, but maybe you get what you pay for?
When you eat at McDonald's Switzerland, you eat Swiss (food, not the airline).

german: http://www.mcdonalds.ch/de/ernaehrun...taet--4-71.htm

french: http://www.mcdonalds.ch/fr/nutrition...isse--4-71.htm

italian: http://www.mcdonalds.ch/it/nutrizion...zera--4-71.htm
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I really don't think so. Take the chicken: there are no battery farms in Switzerland and McDonalds is made from Swiss chicken - free range or similar. I really think you're getting quality stuff there. Sure it's high in fat etc, but quality none the less.
I will believe it too. I never had a Doner in Istanbul as good as they are here.

I am not the one who will defend Switzerland and it price but on this one, I believe that you get what you pay for.

It doesn't mean it is the same on everything. But I least on the meat itself, yes.
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Old 06.02.2011, 11:52
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Re: International Fast Food: Schweizer Qualität?

Coming from the US, we have our fill of fast food... I have tended to stay away from most of it... But sometimes, you need a "fix". Recently, they opened up a new Burger King in Barfuserplatz in Basel, and we went there last week. Although it cost 30CHF for 2 Dbl Whoppers and fries, it was actually better han BK in the US. Today, we will be trying our hand at the KFC in Mulhouse... ;-)
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Old 06.02.2011, 11:56
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So I ask you - what's up with fast food here? I know it's super expensive, but maybe you get what you pay for?
You get what the local food laws allow.
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Old 06.02.2011, 12:14
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You get what the local food laws allow.
...which is what you pay for, country by country usually.
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Re: International Fast Food: Schweizer Qualität?

I can't see (and taste) a difference between the chain-store fast food types I usually eat (Whopper, BigMac, RoyalTS) in Germany and Switzerland, and the last BigMac outside Europe that I had (Cape Town) was also not noticeably different. However, Döner and sausages are much better across the border.

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Old 06.02.2011, 13:33
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Re: International Fast Food: Schweizer Qualität?

I was actually pleasantly surprised that they seem to fry the burgers in McDeath enough to actually induce a nice amount of surface crispiness and caramelization. And, to date, I've yet had any place beat the kebab truck at MIT.
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Old 06.02.2011, 13:50
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Re: International Fast Food: Schweizer Qualität?

The first time I ate a McD's or a BK here despite balking at the price (still do ), taste wise they were the best I had ever experienced and beat the UK and US hands down. So much so that I can no longer eat either anywhere else now, only KFC .
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Re: International Fast Food: Schweizer Qualität?

As previously mentioned, the quality of ingredients is a likely contributor here in CH (I know MickeyD's make a big thing about using Swiss products - can't say either way with BK, as there are none locally [unfortunately]).

However, I still believe that the quality of what you/we eat, is still down to each individual "restaurant", despite being non-franchise, and supposedly following a standardisation/uniformity policy.

With MickeyD's, I always judge by the appearance of the BigMac - we all know they will never look like the tower of a burger in the picture on the wall, but some measure up better than others; -- and some are just plain flat and limp (although they all taste similar).

I have also had better burgers at busy restaurants, as busy times, because they are not hanging around for long getting flat and soggy. I always try to order something that is not already in the hot tray, so I get it hot and freshly cooked.
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Old 06.02.2011, 14:07
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I always try to order something that is not already in the hot tray, so I get it hot and freshly cooked.
I used to do that in the UK too - I always ordered fries with no salt so I got them cooked fresh. However I don't think that applies here - especially the fries which seem to be cooked in tiny portions so are always fresh and hot.
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Old 06.02.2011, 14:15
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I always ordered fries with no salt so I got them cooked fresh.
But that's a real dilemma and possible trade-off.
What's better? .... cold salted fries, or hot ones with no salt? -- unless you carry a silver salt-cellar in your pocket?
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Re: International Fast Food: Schweizer Qualität?

Ok, I have eaten Big Mac in South Africa, US, Poland, France, Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and probably in few other places that I failed to mention. The only difference it made for me was at times when I was very hungry or I was fed up with having it too often while at the varsity. Typical student's love and hate relationship which same applied to chicken foldovers and nuggets. Now somebody will try to convince me that if you call it Le Big Mac or whatever you label it and have on the menu for CH25 it will make it taste like gourmet out of the fast food chain, you must be desperate or really home sick!

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...So I ask you - what's up with fast food here? I know it's super expensive, but maybe you get what you pay for?
I think you're on to something. When Mrs Texaner and I were in Winterthur a little over a year ago, we had no intention of setting foot in McDonalds. But at one point we needed quick access to WiFi, and they were featuring a "McRösti" (which we thought was hilarious). We both thought both the beef and the bun were better quality than we'd ever experienced with fast food.

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But that's a real dilemma and possible trade-off.
What's better? .... cold salted fries, or hot ones with no salt? -- unless you carry a silver salt-cellar in your pocket?
Ah, actually I feel salt interferes with the glory that is McDonald's bbq sauce.
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Ah, actually I feel salt interferes with the glory that is McDonald's bbq sauce.
I hope you're happy. This thread sent me to McDonalds for lunch.
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I'm thinking about it too, but the awesome italian on the corner seems a better plan
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