McDonald’s Japan adds deep-fried cheese cutlet sandwiches to menu

TOKYO —

The soon-to-be-revived sandwich is so cheesy, and we mean that in the most complimentary way.

1991 saw several noteworthy debuts in Japan. Boy band extraordinaire SMAP held its first concert and released its first single, and Sonic the Hedgehog starred in his initial video game adventure. It was a special year for fast food fans, too, as McDonald’s Japan unleashed the Cheese Katsu Burger.

The word “katsu” is based on the corrupted Japanese pronunciation of “cutlet,” and when used without any other qualifiers generally refers to breaded, deep-fried pork. As such, the Cheese Katsu Burger was a sandwich starring a pork cutlet with a core of melty cheddar (plus some cabbage, the traditional katsu side dish, and a dab of mayo).

As part of McDonald’s ongoing celebration of 45 years in Japan, the chain has announced it’s bringing back the Cheese Katsu Burger for a limited time. The sandwich makes its return to the menu on Nov 2, priced at 390 yen, and will be available until an unspecified date late in the month, meaning that it’ll probably have some overlap with the similarly revived Bacon Potato Pie.

So while SMAP is breaking up, and there hasn’t been a high-quality Sonic game in years, at least your taste buds will be able to enjoy some early ‘90s nostalgia.

Source: IT Media

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    no1samurai

    I understand the nostalgic value of bringing back this deep-fried-heart-attack-causing sandwich, but when is McD Japan going to start offering wrap sandwiches and the like? I'd go there a bit more often if they stopped with the bastardized versions of burgers and offered something a bit more variety.

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    mrsynik

    Why call a burger a sandwich? They're 2 different things.

  • 1

    no1samurai

    *offered a bit more variety.

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    BertieWooster

    What's the calorie count of this little wonder?

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    plasticmonkey

    Ah, 1991. Those few who were unable to score at Roppongi Gas Panic could still salve their wounded pride with a Cheese Katsu Burger.

  • 2

    SenseNotSoCommon

    Why call a burger a sandwich?

    Indeed. Thank the post-truth culture that brought us spin, collateral damage and extraordinary rendition.

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    ThePBot

    Why call a burger a sandwich? They're 2 different things.

    I'm in the culinary industry, and a sandwich is anything with bread, either hot or cold. So burgers, pizzas, canapes, subs, and etc are considered sandwiches.

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    mrsynik

    I'm in the culinary industry, and a sandwich is anything with bread, either hot or cold. So burgers, pizzas, canapes, subs, and etc are considered sandwiches.

    Ok shall we try going to a pizza shop, especially in Japan, and asking for a Hawaiian or a Super Supreme Sandwich? Might be amusing for 5 minutes.

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