Eat Singapore McDonald’s Local Flavors in 2019

by Jan 15, 2019

This jet lag is really getting me down.

Perk up, Mickey Dee’s got new flavors to check out!

McDonald’s Local Flavors in 2019 tl;dr

  • Fried Peach Pie
  • Salted Egg Yolk Loaded Fries
  • Ha Ha Cheong Gai (Prawn Paste) Chicken Drumlets
  • Pandan Soft Serve Ice Cream

McDonald’s never let me down! I think this is the first time that I’ve seen Singapore release so many new flavors at one time. It must be my lucky day!

If you know me, you know I’m all about trying out their new bold flavors. I almost nearly forgot that McDonald’s Singapore periodically offers new flavors. After returning from an extended time away, acclimating to the weather, I stumbled upon their flavor promotion in some social media feed and that’s when the adventure began to take shape.

McDonalds 2019 peach biteA bite out of a Fried Peach Pie

Learning the Hard Way

I’ve been down this road before, trying to taste McDonald’s local flavors that’s been newly released to only find out that the soft serve flavor is only available at certain McDonald’s branch; specifically the ones with the dessert kiosk. The rest of them have everything else except for the soft serve. As much as I don’t mind going back, I have to make better calorie choices so efficiency or gluttony is the name of the game.

After clicking on McDonald’s Dessert Kiosk link on their website I was able to narrow down my choice of destinations. Sadly or fortunately, I don’t live near any branch that has a kiosk. Looking at my schedule, turns out that my best bet is their Gardens by the Bay location.

McDonalds 2019 salted egg yolk friesSalted Egg Yolk Loaded Fries Box

Gardens By the Bay

Finally after walking all the way to Gardens the Bay, working up an appetite, even toward the latter end of the day, was a more difficult with the slight humidity and heat. But a scant hour of effort makes eating McDonald’s all that much more enjoyable. It didn’t hurt that the walk was all that more pleasant with ocean breezes, overcast skies and the thrum of life by all the activity happening in the Marina Bay Sands area.

I marched right up to the cashier and ordered all the new local flavors they had to offer. Judging from the look on the staff’s face, I’m guessing that they are used to people coming and ordering entire sets of new promotional items. All 8 of them….

No, you read that correctly. But you’re probably wondering, “aren’t there only 4 new local flavors?” And you would be absolutely correct. I just so happened to have ordered a couple other items too. What you’re forgetting is that, while I may have walked to Gardens by the Bay, my better half ran herself over there, even more so for running back looking for me to make sure I was still on the path. Nadia ordered some things too, but those items are neither here nor there.

McDonalds 2019 JM Pandan soft serve 02JM and His Pandan Soft Serve Ice Cream

Flavors on Flavors on Flavors

While odd, I have a certain order of eating things when I get it all in one go. You’ll see me eating my pancakes first before the main breakfast. I’ll drink before a meal (ok, maybe that one isn’t too weird). Or you’ll see me eating my dessert first if I have a whole meal in front of me.

There’s a method to my eating madness. When you got the heat of the sun and humidity from the environment bearing down on you, you have to make some quick decisions; especially when soft serve is involved. I can’t go walking around with green slop dripping down my hand!? I’ll eat whichever is pertinently important at any given time. I find it less messy that way.

McDonalds 2019 JM Pandan soft serveJM Eating His Pandan Soft Serve Ice Cream

Everything tastes as one would expect, more or less. The soft serve was soft serve, the fries were fries, etc etc so on and so forth. But the twist is their infusion of local flavors, but now that I think about it, I didn’t think peach was a local flavor (looked it up and yes it is, thanks Google).

The pandan ice cream was on point. Actually, it was more than on point, it was amazing. If you remember my post about Beard Papa’s Durian puff, you’ll know what I’m talking about. We ordered the plain pandan and the half pandan and half vanilla cone, because sometimes the flavor is weird and the vanilla helps mellow it out. But in this particular case, we were both fighting for who would eat the full flavored pandan cone. It’s good!

McDonalds 2019 peach openFried Peach Pie

You knew the fried peach pie was a peach pie because of everything about it. It smelled like peach, the fried shell was pink, and even the box it came in said peach. This fried peach pie was essentially a fried apple pie, but the filling was clearly bits of juicy peach suspended in a sweet gelatinized sweet peach tea concoction. You really have to like peach everything to fully appreciate this peach pink crusty pie.

McDonalds ha ha cheong gai chicken drumlets2 Orders of  Ha Ha Cheong Gai (Prawn Paste) Chicken Drumlets

With a name like Ha Ha Cheong Gai (prawn paste) Chicken Drumlets, I had to order this just so I can order it; “Hi, I’d like a double order of the HA HA Cheong Gai Chicken Drumlets!” Classic! The chicken drumlets were tasty! Nothing quite mind blowing but more as what I’d come to expect from deep fried chicken drumlets. Having tasted what authentic prawn paste chicken tasted like, the McDonald’s version fell a little flat comparatively.

McDonalds 2019 salted egg yolk fries 02French Fries Slathered in Salted Egg Yolk Sauce

Now last but not least, the Salted Egg Yolk Loaded Fries!

Hmmmmmmmmmmm, its fries covered in a yellow mayonnaise like sauce with the ever slight hint of salted egg yolk. Again, having tasted salted egg yolk chips, fish skins, and everywhere in between… and just like the aforementioned chicken drumlets I found the flavor to be lacking; more so than the chicken. There’s not much more to say about it.

Hit or Miss

You win some and you lose some.

From the pandan to the egg yolk sauce, they were all attempts and replicating the local flavors in a more McDonald friendly manner as one would come to expect from the American fast food chain. It’s probably for the best that not all of the dishes were simply amazing! More so for my waistline than anything but I can see where it would be a flavor gateway for someone unfamiliar with the more bold local flavors.

The Pandan Soft Serve ice cream was s surprising hit. I could eat that all day, full flavor and everything; even risking it melt all over myself. About the Fried Peach Pie is that it’s namely for people who REALLY LOVE peach ice tea because that’s the only memory I walked away from it with. While the Ha Ha chicken wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great but that’s a lot better than the fries. The Salted Egg Yolk fries were by far the biggest let down out of the bunch and the one that I kind of hoped would be the best.

Try them for yourselves! As usual, your mileage may vary but I hope I at least help point you in the right direction when the time comes and the cashier kindly asks, “May I take your order?”

You're going to eat, you might as well eat something tasty.
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