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A man who has eaten McDonald's in 53 countries reveals the best and worst menu items

Hayley Peterson
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James McGowan has visited McDonald's restaurants in 53 countries and has written more than 340 reviews about the food he's tried on each trip.

Among the items he's tried are tuna pies in Thailand, "Sir Sombreros" — or fried cheese shaped like sombreros — in Serbia, chicken-sausage burgers in Malaysia, a crab-croquette burger in Okinawa, Japan, and sweet-potato fries in Singapore.

McGowan, a software developer, writes reviews of the food on his blog, McDonald's Around the World.

Here's a map of all the McDonald's restaurants he has visited:

McDonald's McGowan map

(McDonald's Around the World)

McGowan told The Wall Street Journal that more than 2 million people have visited his blog.

"Strangers say, if you're fortunate enough to go to all these countries, why do you waste it on McDonald's?" McGowan told The Journal. "I like sharing online. People seem to enjoy it. And I don't gain weight."

He said he doesn't drink or smoke, so eating McDonald's is his "vice."

McGowan most recently tried a burger in Sapporo, Japan, featuring bacon, beef, cheese, and mashed potatoes. He said that it was "easily the the worst promo burger" he's ever had in Japan.

He had better luck with Hokkaido Salmon Namtok Rice in Thailand, which he rated 4.5 stars out of five.

It features fried salmon chunks with white rice and a sauce made of ground chilies, fish sauce, lime juice, shallots, and mint leaves.

Here's some of the other McDonald's food items he's tried around the world:

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