5 Cool Menu Items We Found at a Hong Kong McDonald's

Forget Big Macs and Quarter Pounders. We sent TheStreet's Asia correspondent Alex Frew McMillan to a McDonald's in Hong Kong and he found plenty on the menu (and in the restaurant itself) that you'll never see in America.

For example, did you know that many Hong Kong McDonald's stay open 24 hours a day? That makes them popular with bored retirees, students looking for a spot to do homework or homeless people looking for a place to sleep.

Hungry? You can order a "bacon-macaroni-and-cheese toastie," or maybe you'd prefer the corn-and-cheesy-mushroom version instead. You can wash it all down with a big green macha tea or a nice cup of Iced Chunky Ovaltine.

Once you've finished your meal, you can enjoy a red-bean macha layer cake or a nice cheese tart for dessert.

You can buy all of these at a Hong Kong McDonald's.
You can buy all of these at a Hong Kong McDonald's.

Click here to check out McMillan's full report, or read on to see what kind of food Hong Kongers typically enjoy when they go to a local McDonald's.

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Editors' pick: Originally published Sept. 22.

Bacon, Macaroni & Cheese Toasties
Bacon, Macaroni & Cheese Toasties

Macaroni is big in Hong Kong, which is why McDonald's sells Bacon, Macaroni & Cheese Toasties. These hearty sandwiches consist of bacon, macaroni and two types of melted cheese wedged between two slices of grilled-pressed bread.

Corn & Cheesy Champignon Toasties
Corn & Cheesy Champignon Toasties

If bacon isn't your thing, Hong Kong McDonald's also sell a corn, cheese and mushroom version of its toastie sandwiches.

Iced Crunchy Ovaltine and Iced Soy Milk Matcha Tea
Iced Crunchy Ovaltine and Iced Soy Milk Matcha Tea

What do Hong Kongers drink at McDonald's?

How about a nice Iced Crunchy Ovaltine (left). The British brought Ovaltine to Hong Kong, where it's become very popular with the locals.

If you're not an Ovaltine fan, consider an Iced Soy Milk Mactha Tea, shown at right.

Hot Soy Milk Matcha Green Tea
Hot Soy Milk Matcha Green Tea

If you want a hot beverage, consider a Soy Milk Matcha Tea.

Matcha is very popular in Hong Kong, and the McDonald's version comes with the Chinese character for "tea" written in the foam.

Cake and Tarts
Cake and Tarts

For dessert, how about a nice Red Bean Matcha Layer Cake, shown at left above. This cake is made from red beans (a common local dessert ingredient) coupled with matcha green tea.

If you want something smaller, check out the little cakes at right. The yellow ones are Cheese Tarts, a popular Hong Kong delicacy. The green cake is a Red Bean Matcha Tart topped with a small Oreo cookie.

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