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.

Business Insider:

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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 Audrey Magazine

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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RocketNews 24:

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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CNN Money: 

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.