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?

Inconsiderate commuter behavior in Korea – A photo guide

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Public transport such as trains and buses serves millions of commuters each day. Regardless of the country, there are rules and codes of conduct (both written by law and unspoken) that should be observed to ensure all commuters can enjoy a safe, comfortable journey. Although most public transport users adhere to these rules and social norms, there are also bound to be those who ignore them and annoy the hell out of their fellow passengers with their inconsiderate behavior, like these people, who fellow commuters in Korea recently decided to snap and shame online. 

Of course, rules and social norms vary in each country, so there are things that may be prohibited in one country, but allowed in another.

For example, in Japan, there are no explicit rules that prohibit eating or drinking in trains (though some people regard eating in trains as a violation of manners), but passengers are required to switch their mobile phones to “manner mode” (silent mode) and talking on the phone in trains is generally frowned upon. Passengers sitting or standing near the priority or courtesy seats are asked to completely switch off their cell phones, a rather unique rule that was supposedly implemented to show consideration to passengers who use pacemakers.

 

▼ Passengers seen using their phones near the priority seats may be verbally requested to turn off their phones by patrolling train officers.
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In Singapore, smoking, eating and drinking in trains is strictly prohibited and enforced with fines. While passengers can freely use their cell phones in the train, durians aren’t allowed onboard due to the strong smell of the fruit, a rule unique to the durian-loving tropical country.

 

▼ No fines for bringing durians on board, but a little consideration for fellow passengers never harmed anyone.
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In Korea, it seems that eating, drinking and smoking in train cabins is also prohibited, but Korean internet users have been posting these sightings of inconsiderate passengers on local public transport who have broken the rules and challenged the tolerance levels of their fellow commuters.

 

▼ Eating cup noodles on the subway? She must have great confidence that the train isn’t going to jerk.
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▼ That looks like alcohol she’s drinking from the bottle.
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▼ Smoking is taking things way too far, people.
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▼ We’re not familiar with the law, but we’re pretty sure urinating in trains is not allowed.
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There are also behaviors that may not be breaking any written rules, but are generally unsightly.

 

▼ Women airing their feet and sitting in an improper manner. Well, it would have been equally disturbing had it been men doing the same thing.
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▼ People sleeping on the floor.
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▼ No one wants to see your boxers, sir. Well, except those two people in the next cabin, maybe.
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▼ Couples using the seats at the train station as their living room couch. Now everyone knows they love each other… and that the girl wears black safety shorts under her dress.
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▼ They did so much shopping they had to sell their car and steal the trolleys to transport their purchases home on the train. (Hypothetical situation)
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Virtual grocery stores invade South Korea subway stations

 

 

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Any company can wage multimillion-dollar marketing campaigns to keep customers coming. But no supermarket chain does it better online than Home Plus.

Formerly known as “Tesco,” South Korean-based store chain Home Plus recently launched its online-based supermarkets in subway stations in South Korea. But there are actually no tangible goods sold here. Instead, electronic panels project the products’ photos with their respective bar codes. And commuters, while waiting for the train, can use their smartphones like bar code readers to secure their online purchases. The products are then delivered right after the buyer arrives at the delivery address.

The innovative idea is part of Home Plus’s major business overhaul — which started off with the change of its company name from “Tesco” — to keep profits afloat amid stark competition in the country’s grocery store industry, in which the company came in second by a wide margin, according to Technology Review (via Laughing Squid).

With more than 10,000 customers signing up for purchases and with online sales up by 130 percent, Home Plus now claims the number one spot in online sales and also ranks second by a smaller margin from its major competitor in the entire South Korean grocery market.

In the United States, Amazon’s and Walmart’s plans to pursue the same trend are currently in the works. So expect your subway stations to light up with your favorite goods soon.

 

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Subway Japan Feast Sandwich promo includes Proscuiutto/Anchovy/Potato Sub

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As usual the rest of the world’s chain restaurants has more amazing menu items than we do. Sigh.

As part of their limited “Feast Sandwich” promotion the Subway Japan is offering a Meatloaf Sub as well as a Prosciutto & Anchovy Potato Sub. The Meatloaf Sub is packed with more veggies than you would find in the average American meatloaf.

The sandwich features red bell peppers, green soybeans, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, arrowhead, then topped with a demi-glace and cheese sauce. It already sounds way fancier than anything we could get at our local Subway.

The Prosciutto & Anchovy Potato Sub is packed with slices of prosciutto topped with anchovy potato salad and additional veggies of your choice. Potato salad in a burger sounds pretty amazing in theory but if you’re not big on anchovies maybe pass on this one. A six-inch sub will run you 490 yen (4.77 USD), if you happen to be in Japan act fast because this promo will end sometime this month.

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Special subway cars in Kyoto are perfect for travelling anime fans

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Kyoto is best known as a bastion of Japan’s traditional past, where the visual and performing arts developed during the feudal era still command the highest respect. Japan’s former capital is also making a bid to become a center for modern popular culture as well, though. 2006 saw the opening of the Kyoto International Manga Museum, and the city also plays host to the annual Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair.

Kyoto’s love for anime is truly a two-way street, as the city serves as the setting for numerous animated series. Apparently the relationship between anime and Kyoto has progressed to a point where the two feel comfortable with an overt display of public affection, in the form of a special subway train plastered with anime graphics.

The collaborative slice of public transportation is a joint effort between the Kyoto municipal government and organizers of the Manga Anime Fair. Two of the six cars on the train are decorated with images from four series set in Kyoto.

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Inari , Konkon, Koi Iroha is a supernatural love story that follows middle schooler Inari Fushimi and her dealings with fox spirits enshrined at the real-life Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, easily one of the coolest places in Japan.

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Japanese folklore is also the inspiration behind The Eccentric Family, which follows the daily lives of a group of shape shifting tanuki raccoon dogs in modern-day Kyoto.

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Kyosogiga takes an even more fantastical approach, with a story that unfolds in an alternate-reality Kyoto where humans, spirits, and robots coexist. The series does feature beautiful real-life locales, however, such as Kosanji, Kuramadera, and Genkoan Temples.

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Finally, Hakuoki started off as a dating game for girls wherein the heroine is romanced by members of the Shinsengumi, a 19th century police/vigilante group whose exploits in Kyoto are frequently and dramatically romanticized in Japanese fiction. The franchise has since grown to include anime adaptations, and the Kyoto anime subway features designs from the second animated theatrical installment, which just opened on May 8 in Japan.

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But while the giant-sized characters adorning the outside of the cars do a fine job of promoting their respective anime, by themselves they won’t accomplish the other aim of the project, encouraging more people to ride the subway. Realizing this, the designers have also decorated the subway cars’ interiors with even more scenes from the shows. You and a friend can even pass the time by reading the lines of dialogue printed next to the door in your best anime character voices.

▼ The graphics cover up some of the windows, but it’s the subway, so it’s not like passengers are missing out on the view.

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▼ On the one hand, this angle really drives home the stubborn opposition between these two. Still, when the doors slide closed and they rush towards each other, isn’t it going to look like they’re about to kiss?

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▼ Yes, she is pointing a rifle at a group of children. We’re assuming it’s less deplorable in context.

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▼ We’re guessing, based on this guy’s good looks, that more girls will be willing to sit next to him than us when we were bleeding from the mouth on the train.

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The special train runs on the Karasuma Line. It’s scheduled to be in service from now until the end of May, so if you time your trip right, Kyoto could satisfy your desire to see temples, cherry blossoms, and the latest anime characters all in one fell swoop.

Source: Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair

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Awesome retro Tokyo subway posters

1. Don’t be an annoying train monster or else this robot will be mad.

Don't be an annoying train monster or else this robot will be mad.

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Reminder for passengers not to sleep, cross their legs, or read papers on trains.

2. Superman (with quite the receding hairline) shows that the fastest way to get on the train is by flashing your pass.

Superman (with quite the receding hairline) shows that the fastest way to get on the train is by flashing your pass.

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Reminder for passengers to show their train passes when boarding.

3. That is unless there is gum on the floor.

That is unless there is gum on the floor.

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Reminder to not throw chewing gum on the platform.

4. This courtesan Agemaki (a character from the kabuki play Sukeroku), doesn’t leave behind her umbrella.

This courtesan Agemaki (a character from the kabuki play Sukeroku ), doesn't leave behind her umbrella.

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Reminder for passengers not to forget their umbrellas.

5. Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator character, Adenoid Hynkel, takes as much space as he wants.

Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator character, Adenoid Hynkel, takes as much space as he wants.

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Reminder for passengers not to take more space then necessary.

6. Warning: If you see this Santa you’ve had too much to drink.

Warning: If you see this Santa you've had too much to drink.

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Reminder that if you drink be considerate to fellow passengers.

7. And if you’ve had too much to drink, Doraemon (dressed in his Santa costume) will wake you up if you pass out on the train.

And if you've had too much to drink, Doraemon (dressed in his Santa costume) will wake you up if you pass out on the train.

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Reminder for passengers not to pass out on trains.

8. Marilyn Monroe can remember to take her umbrella with her and so should you.

Marilyn Monroe can remember to take her umbrella with her and so should you.

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Reminder for passengers to take personal belongings with them.

9. Will Superman save Lois Lane’s trapped purse?!

Will Superman save Lois Lane's trapped purse?!

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Reminder to passengers to be careful not to get bags caught in the train doors.

10. Two sumo wrestlers dangerously cross the white line.

Two sumo wrestlers dangerously cross the white line.

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Reminder for passengers to stand behind the white line while waiting for trains.

11. A nun (?) uses the Force to stop a passenger from rushing onto the train.

A nun (?) uses the Force to stop a passenger from rushing onto the train.

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Reminder to passengers to not rush onto the train.

12. Napoleon shows his train pass and so should you.

Napoleon shows his train pass and so should you.

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Reminder to always show your train pass.

13. Sometimes you just can’t make the train — as Cinderella learned the hard way.

Sometimes you just can't make the train -- as Cinderella learned the hard way.

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Reminder to passengers of the danger of trying to rush onto a train that is already departing.

14. So if you forget your stuff, Astro Boy will kindly deliver it for you.

So if you forget your stuff, Astro Boy will kindly deliver it for you.

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Reminder for passengers to take their belongings with them.

15. Sometimes, Mary takes the train (?).

Sometimes, Mary takes the train (?).

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Reminder for passengers to give up their seats for mothers with small children.

16. Jesus has enough umbrellas, thank you very much.

Jesus has enough umbrellas, thank you very much.

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Reminder for passengers to take their umbrellas with them.

17. Just an FYI: John Wayne uses a water gun to put out his cigarettes.

Just an FYI: John Wayne uses a water gun to put out his cigarettes.

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Reminder for passengers to not to smoke on the subway platforms.

18. Um…. this is just creepy. Will I die seven days later if I take that seat?

Um.... this is just creepy. Will I die seven days later if I take that seat?

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Reminder to allow the elderly and mothers with small children to have priority seating.

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Subway debuts the new Sriracha Steak and Chicken Melts nationwide…

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There’s plenty to look forward to this November. Thanksgiving. The beginning of the countdown to 2014. The new Hunger Games movie, “Catching Fire.”

Subway has partnered with Lionsgate to brand a new line of spicy sandwiches. The four-piece, “Fiery Footlong Collection” will include the traditional Buffalo Chicken and Turkey Jalapeño, while also introducing the brand-new Sriracha Chicken Melt and Sriracha Steak Melt, first tested in Florida back in January.

Both Sriracha sandwiches will feature pepperjack cheese, your choice of meat, jalapeños and Subway’s signature creamy Sriracha sauce… There’s also a Bacon, Egg White & Cheese with Sriracha breakfast sandwich, if you prefer your heartburn with a side of coffee.

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