I live in Honolulu, Hawaii and love it here for many reasons. First off the weather is perfect (I can’t remember the last time I wore a jacket). The people here are laid back, warm and friendly. Another reason is the delicious and unique food. Hawaii is one of the most ethnically diverse places in the world so it is no surprise we have special food items even at McDonalds.
Here are some unique food items you probably won’t find at your local McDonalds
McDonalds Saimin – Many people probably never heard of “saimin” that’s because as far as I know it is a Hawaii term. Saimen is just like Ramen noodles. This is great if you want to take a break from eating burgers. It is also popular if you want to put something in your stomach after a night of drinking alcohol.
There is an interesting story that Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds actually came down to Hawaii and ate saimin with a local franchisee. He was then convinced to approved the first ethnic food to any McDonalds menu, saimin.
McDonalds Spam, Portuguese, Omelete and Rice
This breakfast meal can be found at any Hawaii McDonalds. As you know Hawaii loves Spam and Portugese sausage. Again, this is great if your looking for a break from those breakfast burgers.
McDonalds Taro Pie
This is not your American Apple pie. Taro is popular in Hawaii because it is used to make “poi“. The best description I can think of is taro tastes like sweet potato although not as sweet. They don’t always have this available at McDonalds and I believe they serve taro pies in other countries in Asia.
Next time your in Hawaii I recommend tickling your taste buds and trying something different. So what unique items does your franchise restaurants carry? Quick plug, if your looking for reviews or places to eat in Hawaii you can check one of my other sites Hawaii Restaurant Guru, which is in development.
Added 8/7/07, I got responses from some local people in Hawaii and they told me I forgot to include a couple of other unique items McDonald’s Hawaii sells. Those two items are the McTeri burger and fruit punch drink. Although, the McTeri is not always on the menu.