McDonald’s is a fast food company, which started in America in 1940 and has since spread to over 100 countries, with over 37,855 outlets as of 2018. It was founded by siblings Richard and Maurice McDonald, neither of whom you’ll be surprised to learn were clowns, in fact the ‘popular’ McDonalds Mascot, Ronald McDonald wasn’t introduced until 1965 in a bid to attract more children to their products. Side note, and more of a did you know, the original McDonalds mascot was actually a hamburger wearing a chef hat called ‘Speedee’. So I feel like that’s enough to be getting along with, no doubt you’re already familiar with the fast food chain, and their products such as cheese and hamburgers, McNuggets and dessert dishes such as Apple Pies and Mcflurries.
So usually with these vegan alternative dishes, for example the vegan steak bake or sausage roll from Greggs or the Meatless Meatballs from Subway, I’m reviewing them in comparison to the version of that dish which does contain meat, however unlike those dishes, this one isn’t really trying to simulate meat to any real degree and so I will be changing up how I talk about them for this review.
Okay, so my first impression is that they closely resemble the chicken selects, which I guess is the dish they are most similar too on the menu. They have a smoother breadcrumb coating though. The first bite was very hot, the red pepper and sun-dried tomato pesto filling being considerably warmer that I was expecting. But once it cooled down I could appreciate the rich taste. It was overall crispy and satisfying and all the more impressive because unlike some of the other items I’ve reviewed before it is not trying to be something else. As I said the closest dish to it is probably the Chicken Selects, and I’ve had plant based chicken before so they easily could have made something like that, but instead they went for something a little different. Tori B Bearly and I both tried them and here’s what we thought.
Tori felt that they were okay, but didn’t like the overall texture which, we both noted, can be a little mushy, in fact they said, and I quote ‘they were nice to try but I probably wouldn’t order them again‘.
Whereas I really enjoyed them, they were a little spicy, and had an almost bitter edge that you sometimes get with sun-dried tomatoes, which worked really well together. To be honest, they were fairly different from anything I’d tried before, and anything else they really have on their menu. I think about the only thing I’ve tried that was similar were the Veggie Fingers from Birds Eye, the American International food brand. I think overall it’s tasty, and holds up surprisingly well inside the breaded casing, about the only issue was that because of the semi-liquid form of the filling, it is liable to heat up much more than a burger patty or a Chicken Select, and so if you take a bite straight away you might come away with a burned tongue, as was my experience the first time I tried them.
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