Burger King Japan’s black burgers are coming to the US just in time for Halloween

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Burger King will be celebrating Halloween by putting some terrifying black-colored buns on its Whoppers.

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Burger King Japan‘s black burgers are coming to the US. The burgers, a variation of a type that launched in Japan last year, are rolling out in late October for Halloween, according to a source who works for Burger King.

The sandwiches will feature black buns and a Whopper patty topped with A1 Steak Sauce, cheese, pickles, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, and onion.

News of the burger’s US launch was first reported by a Reddit user claiming to have access to Burger King’s internal website. Unlike the black burgers released in Japan, the US version doesn’t have black cheese or squid-ink sauce.

The black cheese made the burger in Japan look pretty unappetizing. Here’s an ad for the burgers that launched last year:

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Mindy Kaling now has her own Umami Burger, featuring house-made Sriracha aioli

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FoodBeast (Peter Pham):

Umami Burger is teaming up with comedic genius Mindy Kaling to create a burger: The Mindy Burger. Kaling is probably best known for her role as Kelly Kapoor on NBC’s award-winning comedy The Office and, more recently, Mindy Lahiri on The Mindy Project.

The Mindy Burger is made with pickled jalapeños, fried onion strings and a house-made Sriracha aioli on a beef patty. It’s served on Umami’s famous bun.

I love Umami and I was so honored to be able to create my own burger. Spicy and cheesy, it reflects my own personality,” Kaling said.

The burger isn’t for show, either. For every one sold, a dollar will go towards The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Through research, patient support and community outreach, the Pancreatic Cancer Network has set a goal to double pancreatic  cancer survival by 2020.

Available Sept. 1, the burger will be available at all participating Umami Burger locations for $13.

McDonald’s Japan founder explains why Japanese people are ‘Short and Yellow’

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Next Shark:

Every now and then, we revisit a part of history that some companies would rather be kept swept under the rug. This story comes from the Japanese entrepreneur and self-made billionaire that brought the first McDonald’s to Japan, Den Fujita.

Fujita fell in love with McDonald’s the first time he ate it in 1967 — he was amazed by how popular and efficient the burger chain was. When he saw the opportunity to bring the franchise to Japan, he opened the first Japanese McDonald’s in a Mitsukoshi department store in the Ginza district of Tokyo in 1971. It was an instant success, particularly because of their Japanese-styled Teriyaki McBurger and Chicken Tatsuta.

But perhaps Fujita’s love for the American burger chain extended beyond just the burgers. On his strategy for selling McDonald’s to Japanese people, Fujita is credited as saying:

“The reason Japanese people are so short and have yellow skins is because they have eaten nothing but fish and rice for two thousand years … If we eat McDonald’s hamburgers and potatoes for a thousand years we will become taller, our skin become white, and our hair blonde.”

Does McDonald’s food secretly hold the key to creating a master race? I guess we won’t find out until the year 2971.

It was Fujita’s dream to see 10,000 McDonald’s in Japan by 2010 — as of 2013, there were only 3,164 McDonald’s in Japan, the second most popular country for the fast-food chain after the U.S.

Den Fujita retired in 2003 and died of heart failure in April of 2004 at the age of 78, two days after McDonald’s then-CEO Jim Cantalupo died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 60. It is unknown whether McDonald’s food played a contributing factor in their deaths.

Asian fast food items you won’t find in the U.S.

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We first explored KFC menu items that can only be found in Asia, but what about the rest of the well-known American fast-food chains? There are so many yummy menu items only found in Asia that you’ll have to explore (and get hungry) for yourself, but below are some of the more interesting ones we found:

Nacho Fries– Wendy’s, Japan

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This is definitely not a classic Wendy’s menu item, but who doesn’t love nachos? Wendy’s Japan created the Nacho Fries which consists of classic fries, guacamole, chili, cheese and– for a kick– jalapeños

McRice Burger — McDonald’s, Philippines

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In the U.S., we rave over the ramen burger. In the Philippines, they sandwich a chicken or beef patty between two crispy rice patties! Could this inspire us to create the next burger trend in the U.S.?

Dry Pork and Seaweed Donut — Dunkin Donuts, China

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If you thought adding bacon to a maple donut was a bit odd, then you might be hesitant to try this sugar glazed donut topped with dry pork and crunchy seaweed. It sounds like it would be too much of a salty overload rather than a sweet treat.

Ebi Shrimp Filet-O —  McDonald’s, Japan

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If you love shrimp, this is all you. It’s a simple fried shrimp patty paired with thousand island dressing and lettuce between their signature sesame seed bun.

Veg Sammi — Subway, India

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If you’re vegetarian and think American fast food doesn’t have enough veggie items, you’re probably right. Subways in India carry a wide array of meat-less options and include ingredients you won’t find in American Subways. For instance, this Veg Sammi consists of a vegetarian kabob made of lentils, garlic and onions.

Green Tea Blizzard — Dairy Queen, Thailand

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With the green tea and matcha trend running rampant, why hasn’t this made its way to the U.S. yet? Who doesn’t want to have a green tea blizzard served upside down?

The new Tokyo Tower Burger from Mos Burger

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Check out the new Tokyo Tower Burger from much-loved Japanese hamburger chain Mos Burger. With 14 layers of goodness, including chilli sauce and fried onion rings, this promises to be a spicy encounter as well as a heck of a mouthful.

But with Mos Burger known for its relatively small serving sizes, just how big is their latest offering? Come with us as we take you through the burger dedicated to Tokyo Tower, bite by delicious bite.

Anticipating the usual long line of people that’s synonymous with new store openings in Tokyo, we arrived at the store right at opening time. We were lucky it was 9:30am on a Friday morning because there weren’t many customers here at all!

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Deciding to forgo the cheese, we opt for the Tokyo Tower Burger, which comes served in a delightful little bucket to keep it all together.

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Unlike the towering versions we’ve seen in the past from other fast food franchises, this tower burger is significantly smaller. Still, it’s the tallest burger ever created in Mos Burger’s history.

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Mos Burger is known for quality, but its servings are notoriously small so it’s no surprise their Tower Burger is no bigger than an iPhone 5.

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It sure looks beautiful, though, and we’re impressed at how close to the promotional pics this thing is, especially after having seen some real fast food disasters in the past. As for the taste, the Tokyo Tower Burger packs a powerful punch, with the salsa flavour of the red chilli sauce dominating all the ingredients in the mouth. This is a burger we would happily have again, and its small (well, smaller) size meant we didn’t have to suffer a regret-filled belly bloat at the end of the meal!

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To celebrate the opening, we scored some special plastic file holders which were given out to a limited number of lucky customers.

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Mos Burger, with its Japanese roots and made-to-order meals, has always been one of our firm favourites. Next time you visit Tokyo Tower, be sure to swing by for a taste of their Tokyo Tower Burger because it won’t be available anywhere else!

Yokohama nature amusement park’s cafe introduces Black Bun/Fried Frog Burger to coincide with “Deadly Poison” exhibition

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A whole frog, minus the flies and croak, will soon be offered as a burger by a cafe in the Japanese city of Yokohama.

The deep fried frog will be served in a black bun, colored with bamboo charcoal, and topped with lettuce. For a 1,000 yen ($8), the burger comes with a drink. That’s roughly the price of a Big Mac meal in Japan.

The cafe is part of Orbi Yokohama, a nature-themed amusement park to the south of Tokyo.

The frog burger will be available as part of a special exhibition of poisonous creatures, Orbi Yokohama spokesperson Tomoko Hiroshige said. The deadly animals show will feature spiders, stingrays, puffer fish and other animals.

Fancy seconds? The cafe will also offer a toad-themed dessert.

The “frog egg pudding” consists of a miniature jelly frog and some smooth almond tofu representing spawn in a pond.

Yum!

The best hamburger in the country, according to supermodel Chrissy Teigen

 

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FoodBeast:

Most super models are notoriously stereotyped as “un-eaters”, whether it is from dieting or starving, these beauties always get the heat.  Sports Illustrated supermodel, and wife to John Legend, Chrissy Teigen is notorious for her love of good food.

Her Instagram has no shortage of breakfast sandwiches and “stuff her mouth” selfies, and was chosen to be a judge for one of the countries top tier burger competitions, South Beach Wine and Food Fest‘s Burger Bash.

This annual competition is a throw down for some of the most stomach bursting burger-coctions on the planet.  If you have it in your pantry, one of these chefs are using it in their burger.  Mac and Cheese, Fritos, Jalapeño Chips, Candied Jalapeño, and so much bacon.

 

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Chrissy Teigen and her judge comrades chose a burger out of Miami for “Very Best Burger”, Lure Fishbar‘s Bash Burger. Josh Capon accepted the award for his creation, stuffing guests with a burger topped with American Cheese, loaded with secret sauce and caramelized onion bacon jam.

 

The new 1,500-yen Kobe beef burger from Lotteria (Japan)

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Japanese hamburger chain Lotteria‘s newest luxury burger has finally landed, and it features legendary Kobe beef made from special livestock reared on pure water and premium feed. Kobe beef is of such renown that there are even rumours that cattle from the area are allowed to sip on beer, listen to fine music and enjoy a good massage so that their meat tastes simply divine.

So what would the fast food version of this luxury beef taste like? We were so curious we had to swing by Lotteria to pick up one of the new Kobe beef burgers as soon as they were released. Check out all the delicious details after the jump!

Lotteria’s special burger retails for a whopping 1,500 yen (US$12.71) including a medium-sized drink of your choice. Hardly the kind of price you’d normally expect to pay at a fast food restaurant, but this is Kobe beef after all, so we didn’t mind shelling out the extra yennies.

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In keeping with the premium theme, the burger comes in an unusually-shaped box, with a square base and eight curved panels complete with faux wood grain. It’s like a fast food jewellery box!

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The Kobe burger is the latest in a series of top-quality beef burgers released by the hamburger chain on the 29th day of every month. Why the 29th? In Japanese, the numbers 2 and 9 are read ni and ku, respectively, which when put together sounds like the Japanese word for meat: niku (肉). The Japanese do love a good pun!

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Once we had it out of its fancy box, we were a little surprised at the size of the Kobe Burger – it could easily fit in the palm of your hand, so anyone with even a regular appetite could finish this off in five or six good bites. That said, we didn’t come here to gorge, we came to savour the quality meat, so we assumed that this would be a case of quality over quantity as we slowly unwrapped the burger.

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The Kobe beef patty comes sandwiched between white, sesame seed-sprinkled buns, giving it a surprisingly sophisticated appearance. This being a decidedly Japanese burger, it seems only right that the buns are made from rice flour, which gives them a soft yet slightly more glutinous texture than those made with wheat. Bread made with rice flour can often tastes quite plain, but no doubt this was an intentional choice on Lotteria’s part so that the flavour of the roasted sesame seeds, and of course the beef waiting beneath, could come right to the front.

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OK, enough teasing. It’s time to look inside!

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While Lotteria’s advertising poster shows a neat dollop of sauce sitting atop a fat patty, we were surprised to see that the sauce had disappeared into the top bun. Being seasoned fast food experts, however, we know burgers aren’t meant to be pretty; they’re meant to be eaten. After cutting our burger in two to get a few cheeky photos, we dived right in.

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The meat really is the star of the show here. It’s succulent and moist and has an amazing melt-in-the-mouth quality that Kobe beef is famous for. The flavour is miles away from your regular fast food patty, and it even leaves you with a pleasant after-taste – blindfolded, you’d never guess that this beef came from a fast food joint. As expected, the accompanying lettuce is nothing to write home about but it does provide a crunchy third texture to complement the silky smoothness of the meat and the soft chewiness of the rice flour buns.

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The sauce sits mostly on the top and bottom buns and is unusual in that it contains extra pieces of Kobe beef. Appropriately called “Kobe beef meat sauce”, it features apples, bouillon, and locally produced onions. The resulting flavour is rich and gravy-like, yet light with a sweet saltiness.

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The verdict? We’re always impressed with the texture and flavour of Kobe beef but this is the first time we’ve had it ground up in a patty and served up as a 1,500-yen burger. And that’s what makes this a real treat. It’s clear that a lot of thought has been put into the textures and flavours here so that they really compliment and showcase the luxury beef. This is a seriously good hamburger.

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Whether or not you should spend your hard-earned dough on one of these burgers really depends on your end-goal. If you’ve got a hankering for a burger at a fast food joint, the price point will be steep and you’ll likely be suspiciously aware of how light your wallet feels on the walk home. If you feel like trying Kobe beef but don’t want to fork out a huge amount for one of the most expensive meats in the world, however, this is an opportunity you should absolutely jump on!

Bon appétit!

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Craving cheese? Try Burger King Japan’s hamburger cheese fondue!

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In Japan, the New Years is traditionally a time for eating osechi cuisine, and while tastes and lifestyles may be changing, come New Years Day, many people will be eating at least some of these special new year foods. And once all the new years festivities have passed, it’s quite understandable if some of the Japanese public ends up yearning for something a bit more oily and rich. Well, Burger King Japan has just announced a new series of menus that just may fit the bill in such a situation. It’s Burger King Japan’s new “cheese fondue” menu, featuring items that allow you to create fondues out of … you guessed it, hamburgers!

That’s right, Burger Kings across Japan will be offering the “Beef Fondue” burger and “Chicken Fondue” burger for a limited time from January 9 next year. Both burgers will come with a serving of their original “Fondue Sauce” made from five different cheeses.

▼The Beef Fondue Burger will be priced at 690 yen (US$5.70) including the fondue sauce and will consist of a grilled beef patty flavored with black pepper, along with pieces of lettuce and tomato, all sandwiched together with a creamy cheese-flavored sauce. And yes, you’re expected to dunk this burger into the warm fondue sauce! Yum!
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▼And this is the Chicken Fondue Burger, which will also come with the same fondue sauce for 450 yen ($3.72).  It’ll contain pieces of chicken tenders along with tomatoes and a slice of Monterey Jack cheese. With this burger, you can dunk the entire sandwich into the fondue sauce, or you can dip the individual chicken tender pieces into the sauce according to your preference.
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Both of the burgers come in a “junior” size (about 9 cm or 3 1/2 in across) so that they’re not too bulky to dip into the fondue sauce.

But if you’re a cheese lover, you’ll probably want to smear the cheese fondue sauce on not just the burgers but on everything else as well, right? If that’s the case, don’t worry — you can also order the sauce individually too!

▼The fondue sauce, which will be sold separately for 250 yen ($2.06), will be made from Emmental cheese, Gouda cheese, Cheddar cheese, Mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese cooked together with white wine. Just dip your favorite side dish into the sauce to enjoy you very own cheese fondue!

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According to Burger King’s press release, all of these items will be sold until late February or while supplies last, and if you’re thinking of going out to a Burger King and trying any of them, you may want to know that there will be two locations where this cheese fondue menu won’t be available: the Kitamoto Hey World shop in Saitama Prefecture and the Round One Maebashi shop in Gunma Prefecture.

Well, as far as we can tell from the pictures, that creamy sauce looks sure to satisfy anyone’s craving for cheese. So if you’re in Japan, now you know where to go in the new year for your cheese fix. Happy fonduing!

$11 gets you All-You-Can-Eat Whoppers in Japan

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FoodBeast:

 

Burger King Japan is where it’s at. The international fast food giant is offering customers all-you-can-eat Whoppers for the small price of 1,200 Yen, or $11 USD. Before you drift off into a dreamland of endless burgers at a sweet price, there’s a catch.

But, customers aren’t necessarily having it their way. To qualify for the gluttonous deal customers first have to consumer a “Challenge Set”: two Whoppers, a medium fry, and a medium drink. Seriously, that’s child’s play for us in the states. Not sure it’s something we should be proud of, but hey, ‘Murica.

Once a customer finishes their Challenge Set, they can get to work on nomming on all the Whoppers they could ever want, yes, there’s a second catch, they only get a half hour to scarf down their precious burgers. Oh, yeah, there’s a third little disclaimer, this deal only applies to the straight up O.G. Whopper, none of those fancy versions that have been in the news lately. If you happen to find yourself in Japan this month, this AYCE deal runs from November 4-13.