Old McDonald’s favourites we miss
If the second coming of McDonald’s Nasi Lemak Burger has proven anything, it’s that unceasing requests on social media (see: FB comments section) can make miracles happen. Perhaps McDonald’s already had its return planned regardless of our impassioned demands, but either way, it’s nice to believe that our united voices can effect change.
Here are some other bygone favourites from The Golden Arches many Singaporeans wish they could have a taste of again:
1. Chicken McCrispy and Sweet Chilli Sauce
If McDonald’s ran a popularity poll for the menu item that Singaporeans want back the most, the Chicken McCrispy would win hands-down. It was the closest thing to fried chicken perfection, made better only by the also-extinct Sweet Chilli Sauce.
They even created superheroes “Fast Fry & Steam Marinate” to promote the Chicken McCrispy. | Image credit: fendercat
Today’s McWings are supposed to be a consolatory substitute, but nothing compares to the juicy, ample bite of a Chicken McCrispy.
2. Fan-tastic Rice Burgers
Chicken Fàn-tastic | Image credit: McDonald’s
Possibly the punniest McDonald’s item in recent memory, the Fan-tastic Burger is a play on the Mandarin word 饭 (rice). Instead of buns, McDonald’s switched things up and used rice patties instead. It was a popular item in Taiwan that was eventually brought over here, where the chicken and beef variations were also loved by many.
3. Chicken Foldover
Image adapted from: I Love Freebies
We’ve had the Spicy and Grilled Chicken McWrap for a while now, but many still want its predecessor, the Chicken Foldover, back. The former is wrapped while the latter is folded over with bread, but the biggest difference between the two? The McWrap uses a single patty, whereas the Foldover has two.
4. Kiasu Burger
This one’s gonna be a bit of a head-scratcher for most millennials - the Kiasu Burger, along with the Mr. Kiasu character, used to be a big deal over two decades ago. Essentially a long bun version of today’s McChicken, the Kiasu Burger’s popularity was owed in large part to its wacky advertisement.
With a frantic jingle and campy lyrics like “the burger is so shiok, it’s never too suaku”, it was a certainly a novel way of selling a simple burger then.
5. Fiery Mala Burger
Image credit: Geraldine Tay
Nothing quite beats a classic McSpicy, but occasionally McDonald’s comes up with brand new ways to test Singaporeans’ pedas tolerance. Since Mala was - and continues to be - an easy go-to for a spicy kick, it was only natural that the Fiery Mala Burger was made. In fact, it was the spiciest offering from the Spicy Challenge back then.
One of the grievances that Singaporeans have when it comes to the all-time favourite McGriddles is that it’s available everywhere except Singapore. A filling mix of sausage, egg, cheese and mini pancake-like buns, it was an upgrade of the McMuffin.
Image credit: @mcdonaldshouston
We’re not asking for an all-day McDonald's breakfast - though that would be nice - we just want back the simple joy of wholesome McGriddles to start the day off with.
7. Chicken Cutlets
Chicken Cutlets used to be part of McDonald’s menu, perfect for those who preferred their meat without buns.
A “shakers” version was released in Japan | Image credit: Tokyo Five
They were available in Tom Yum and plain Tasty Crispy versions - the former was a particular favourite for its flavourful sweet and sour taste. And at just $2 per cutlet, these easily became affordable snack addictions for many.
McDonald’s is known for their Chicken McNuggets, but there was a time when they served nuggets of the fish variety too - called McDippers because “Fish McNuggets” simply didn’t cut it. The “dipping” refers to the special Tartar Sauce that came with it, which is also missed to this day.
Image adapted from: Now That’s Nifty
Seafood lovers have had to settle for good ol’ Filet-O-Fish for years as the only seafood staple on the menu, but they still long for this side dish to one day return to our shores.
9. Shiok Shiok Satay Burger
The Shiok Shiok Satay Burger was a successful take on a local classic, with a rich peanut sauce for both the chicken and beef versions. It even came with onions and cucumbers and was as close at it got to the real deal.
Image credit: @pamela_ho
They even created a little ditty to promote the burger, which reinforced that it was specially “made for Singapore”. Unlike the Nasi Lemak burger, its conception was less triggering to our neighbours overseas.
10. Special McFlurry flavours
Image credit: Great Deals
One of the most exciting things about McDonald’s is their new McFlurry flavours that pop up from time to time. Sure, there’s nothing quite like Oreo McFlurry - but some of the novel flavours are too wonderful to pass on.
Some of the ones that we hope make an encore include: Candy Floss, Black Sesame, Creme Brule, Chocolate Toffee Nut, Durian Crunch and M&Ms - no, not as a toppings, but as a flavour in its own right.
Nostalgic for McDonald’s
Some Singaporeans hold on to McDonald’s items from long ago because it brings a sense of nostalgia, some do it simply because they miss those old flavours. Whatever the case may be, never relent in your pursuit of past McDonald classics - a vocal presence on McDonald’s social media pages may one day see you succeed in grabbing the fast food chain’s attention.