Black Burger, Anyone?

Ladies and gentlemen, the Black Burger.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Black Burger.

Gisselle Godinez, Staff Writer / Cartoonist

Squid ink burger? Squirting pizza crust oozing a fusion of cheese and tangy sauce?Sublime or plain ol’ nah?How ‘bout a Windows 7 Whopper, or a Star Wars inspired menu? (Sci-fi fanboys, I know you’re craving it). If you thought Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Tacos were insane, think again, because the world of fast food is now hailing to the revolutionaries of the industry: unusually outlandish oddities from around the world.

First popularized in the 1950s in the U.S., the typical fast food meal of a hamburger, fries, and a soft drink has geared up and Super Saiyin-ed into a ridiculously insaneinternational explosion of items such as Burger King Japan’s “15-Strip Bacon Whopper,”it’s renowned “Kuro Burger” (a.k.a. the “Black Burger”), and the Koreans’creation of a “Coconut Shrimp Pizza” (well, because yolo). The names say it all. As incredibly weird as they may sound, yes, they exist, but no, not here in the States… thankfully.

Kicked off in Japan, the “Black Burger”has taken the world of media by storm. It was first debuted by Burger King in two versions: the “Kuro Pearl” and “Kuro Diamond,” but was later matched by McDonalds’s Halloween-themed “Squid Ink Burger.”Equally weird as its appearance are the ingredients themselves. In order to obtain the black coloring, both the hamburger buns and cheese are apparently dyed with bamboo charcoal, the onion and garlic sauce is made witha tinge of squid ink, and the beef patties with black pepper. With these menacing additives, it’s not a surprise why the “Black Burger” was only given a limited release.

Jumping to the other side of the globe, McDonalds Canada is the proud owner of the “McLobster Sandwich.” Aside from “100% Atlantic lobster meat” being the obvious showstopper,it’s described as “the perfect combination of diced celery, light salad dressing and shredded lettuce on a soft roll.” In less pretentious terms, it’s basically a hotdog bun loaded withlobster shreds. And like the “Black Burger,” the “McLobster Sandwich” was released for a limited time only, maybe due to the fusionof distinctive ingredients that produced aweirdsmell.

Well, if that’s too strange for your taste,let’s level it down a bit. How does a dry pork and seaweed donut sound? Made in China’s Dunkin’ Donuts, this fritter isn’t the traditional sweet dessert that comes to mind when thinking of pastries, but rather, it’s a savory doughnut topped with dehydrated and pulverized pig and seaweed. Although foreign to us, dried pork is actually a common ingredient in Chinese cuisine.

Whatever you decide to try from these few examples, make sure to check them out whenever you happen to be strolling in China, leisurely walking through Zen gardens in Japan, or touring the Great Canadian Plains.