Saturday, October 03, 2015

the South African burger paradox

hi there

a slight move away from the moans and groans of moving, which create dull blog posts, to do a regular, standard kind of blog post which is dull in its own right, look you see.

whilst moving (i did say slight move away) the idea of cooking and the ability to cook are challenges best answered by the many, many fine businesses set up which cook food for you and let you take it away and eat it in exchange for coins of money. that is precisely what we elected to do on Thursday, the day of the main move proper, so to speak.

where better to go than McDonalds? i mean, it's celebrated for being all that food can be, and this week they had, as their "burger of the world", the South African burger.

what does McDonalds UK consider to be a South African burger? well, that there non-SA bread, cheese, a burger patty (like totes obvs), lettuce, bacon and some barbecue sauce / chutney affair. in it's own right it was ok; it did the job whilst keeping the taste value to an absolute minimum, lest it taste so good that you get the preposterous circumstance of people becoming in some way addicted to it.

some of my friends and family in the Africa of the South will be already baffled by one of the ingredients i listed there. for the benefit of everyone else, bacon in a South African or if you like Seowth Efriken, McDonalds burger is incorrect. McDonalds is, as indeed is the case with KFC, in South Africa, owned by a Muslim business, and thus there are no bacon items on the menu.

a South African burger featuring bacon would be a Steers one. that's theoretically McDonald's biggest rival in South Africa, except it isn't as Steers tastes far better and would always be first choice. also, the staff at Steers don't steal all the monopoly stickers for themselves, but that's another story.

as for the "burgers of the world" thing that McDonald's unleash in five week bursts from time to time, t's pretty banal. i mean, yes, you get to pay 59p or so more for a meal than you would for a Big Mac one, and you do get to have a different burger that's theoretically different.

me? i can't but help notice that every burger of the world seems to feature a combination of cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce in a slightly different coloured bun, irrespective of which country it is supposed to represent. well, ok, they did mix it up some by using chicken for their Indian burger of the week, with some lovely spicy chutney. i would have thought, though, that a vegetarian dish would have been better to represent India, knowing how amazing Indian vegetable based cuisine is.

i need to do more moving and unpacking and stuff. should i survive it, i will be back to do another dull and only partially interesting post at a later stage.

be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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