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McRib Hype: Gotta Have It or Make It Stop?

McRib Philippines

Available in all McDonald’s stores in the Philippines from April 15, 2015 – April 30, 2015
Price Pork McRib – Ala Carte.: Php 99.00; Small Value Meal: Php 129.00; Medium Value Meal: Php 149.00; Large: Php 166.00
Price Pork McRib Deluxe – Ala Carte: Php 119.00; Small Value Meal: Php 149.00; Medium Value Meal: Php 169.00; Large: Php 186.00

McRib Hype: Gotta Have It or Make It Stop?

I’m not a fan of McDonald’s, Jollibee and KFC. In fact people who are close to me know that I hate eating in fast food joints, and wouldn’t eat there unless I lack time to go someplace else worth eating.

I must have read countless articles that tell how over processed McDonald’s french fries are. I can’t forget the article that told the story of an eighteen year old girl who ate nothing in her life but McNuggets that nearly cost her life – so you can probably imagine the aversion I have for McDonald’s. I always note how expensive fast food joints are, making you feel less satisfied or less full after a meal, unless you drink soda, and feel the effects of sodium afterwards. One can eat more meat at Hot Star Large Fried Chicken, which is cheaper than McDonald’s fried chicken meal. Eat that meager serving size of the McSpaghetti and that’s already 450 calories.

Despite of my aversion in eating at McDonald’s, my busy schedule doesn’t let me escape the realities of a 30 minute lunch break. That’s all I get sometimes in a day, and try not to be picky.

To be perfectly honest with you, McDonald’s new Pork McRib intrigued me. But I won’t beat around the bush because it tastes like fake pork to me. The sweet and tangy taste of the boneless pork is reminiscent of longganisa dipped in McNugget’s barbecue sauce, and nothing like the baby back ribs you’re imagining. The Pork McRib has onions and pickles inside, while the Pork McRib Deluxe has lettuce and mayonnaise on top of the tangy sauce. It’s really messy when you eat it, with all the tangy sauce dripping.

I kinda like the “caramelized” elongated buns. Not what I expected for a fast food joint.

I liked the serving size which is just about right, because nowadays, I can’t get the same size of the Burger McDo I used to get when I was a kid. It’s like a minute burger now. But maybe during this promotional period, the McRib’s size will stay consistent all throughout.

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I’m glad they didn’t pursue putting the Pork McRib with rice meal on the menu. That looks awfully done and even weirder than the rice burger they used to offer before. I’m all for catering to the Filipino’s love for rice, but jeez – you don’t have to pair rice with everything. Make it stop.

If you’re wondering what the McRib is made of and how they did the iconic elongated shape of the McRib, here’s a video of the whole production process.

The Pork McRib is made of pork, salt, water, dextrose and a whole lot of preservatives to lock in the flavor.

Now I know why I feel so bloated afterwards.

Have you tried the McRib? Do you think the McRib should be a permanent item on the menu? Share your thoughts on Candid Cuisine!

McRib Rating:

Taste and Originality: (2.0 / 5)
Customer Experience: (3.0 / 5)
Value for Money: (3.0 / 5)
Brick and Mortar: (3.0 / 5)
Average: (2.8 / 5)
Vhalerie Lee
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