Japan's Epic Fast Food War Inspired These Crazy Menu Items

Business Insider

There's a marketing war going on in Japan's fast food industry. Everyone's trying to one-up each other amid intense competition.

In 2010, McDonald's and KFC had an all-out advertising war to win chicken-lovers across the nation. Wendy's couldn't handle the heat in 2009 and was forced to pull out. It didn't re-enter the market until the very end of 2011. International fast food titans have to deal with each other, plus, they have to compete with the many local chains, some of which are quite powerful.

Japan has had a recent interest in more sophisticated items, and as the chains keep pushing the envelope, you end up getting some pretty bizarre things on the menus.

Wendy's Foie Gras Burger

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This $16 burger consists of a classic Wendy's beef patty loaded up with all the regular fixings plus a healthy dose of fatty duck liver.










McDonald's Mega McMuffin

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The Mega McMuffin consists of two breakfast sausage patties, cheese, egg, bacon, and ketchup all between a classic McDonald's English muffin.










Burger King's NY Pizza Burger

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Screenshot Akihabara News

This massive Burger King beef patty is topped with pepperoni, mozzarella and marinara sauce, and stacked on a 9-1/2-inch sesame seed bun.










McDonald's Ebi Filet-O

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The McDonald's Ebi Filet-O features a fried shrimp patty, thousand island dressing, and lettuce.











Burger King's Meat Monster Burger

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The Meat Monster loads two beef patties, a chicken breast, two slices of cheese, three pieces of bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion onto a classic sesame bun.









Domino's Sirloin Steak Pizza

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This is a classic Domino's pie topped with grilled eggplant, truffle cheese sauce, and thick slabs of premium sirloin steak.










McDonald's Chocolate and Orange Pie

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This deep fried McDonald's pie shell is stuffed with gooey orange infused chocolate.











Burger King's BK Ringo Burger

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Burger King slips a slice of flame-grilled apple into their Whopper Jr. giving their classic burger an extra special sweet twist.














Burger King's Big Bacon Bargain

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The Big Bacon Bargain loads up to 15 strips of bacon onto any regular Burger King item for a limited time and a nominal fee.













McDonald's Mega Tomago

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The Mega Tomago is essentially a classic Double Big Mac but with an egg patty and bacon.










Wendy's Lobster Surf And Turf Burger

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A regular beef patty topped with lobster, lettuce, tomato, and onion make up this new, "premium" Wendy's creation.  Lobster Surf and Turf burgers are sold for about $16.









McDonald's Bacon, Egg, And Lettuce Wrap

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This standard McDonald's breakfast wrap consists of bacon, egg, and... lettuce?













McDonald's Cheese Katsu Burger


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The Cheese Katsu Burger contains a fried pork cutlet stuffed with cheese, topped with cabbage, and oozing with sweet and sour sauces.













McDonald's Shaka Shaka Chicken


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Courtesy of McDonalds Japan

Shaka Shaka Chicken consists of a deep fried chicken patty and a side of McDonald's spices.  You control the amount of flavor by seasoning the chicken yourself.










Starbucks' Coffee Jelly Frappuccino


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This triple-layered Starbucks concoction has a base of coffee gelatin, a body of creamy café au lait, and is topped with whipped cream.














Pizza Hut's Bacon Wrapped Sausage Crust Mini Hamburger Pizza


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Mini bacon-wrapped hotdogs surround a cheesy center topped with mini hamburgers, peppers, mushrooms, and onions on this Pizza Hut creation.










McDonald's Mega Beef Mac

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The Mega Mac is basically a Big Mac on steroids.  Double meat and all the fixings gives McDonald's fans more of the taste they love.










McDonald's Mega Teriyaki Burger

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The Mega Teriyaki Burger features two beef patties drenched in a sweet teriyaki sauce, lettuce, cheese, tomato, onion, and mayo.











Pizza Hut's Mini Corn Dog Pizza


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Mini corn dogs surround layers of cheese, sausage, bacon, ham, mushroom, onion, pepper, garlic and, of course, tomato sauce on this Pizza Hut pie.










Burger King's Rodeo Whopper

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The Rodeo Burger is a triple patty burger topped with six onion rings, lettuce, tomato, sliced raw onion, mayo, and BBQ sauce.














Denny's Beef Filet With Foie Gras And Truffle Dressing

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Denny's Japan is dishing out New Zealand beef topped with foie gras and sliced truffles, served with a red wine reduction for about $15.










McDonald's Grand Canyon Burger

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Courtesy of McDonald's Japan

This thing has a beef patty with "steak filling," cooked egg, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, crispy onions, steak sauce (with soy and "smoked" flavors) and an extra middle bun.







Burger King's Five Patty Whopper


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The Five Patty Whopper is as big and meat-packed as its name suggests.  Five burger patties are topped with all the usual fixings and Burger King's special dressing.




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