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Popular McDonald's food alternatives that taste like the original: Curly fries, McNuggets, Cheeseburger, and more

Popular McDonald's food alternatives that taste like the original: Curly fries, McNuggets, Cheeseburger, and more

Fake it till you make it

Text: Natasha Khoury

Editor: Janice Sim


The household name in Singapore, McDonald's is not only nostalgic alongside iconic Happy Meals  but it is a fast food guilty pleasure for all. Their signature fry scent, sizzling McSpicy heat, and sweet creamy treats are unmatched by their competitors. But as far as we know, the cult favourite chain still isn't ready to reopen their doors in Singapore just yet. Health and safety comes first — and that means the wait is now indefinite.

Improvisation is our next best bet. While ordering from Maccas is off the table for the time being, but plenty of substitutes have started popping up online with raving reviews that they taste just as good as the real deal. Until we see the day of the beloved golden arc's comeback, let's make do with these delectable alternatives.

McNuggets
Sub it with: FreezePak Chicken Nuggets

This bite-sized nugget substitute quickly gained traction after a Facebook user's post went viral. Leslie Koh who goes by the moniker of #RiceCookerMan stated that after his little experiment at home, FreezePak's tempura battered style nuggets smell, taste and look exactly like McNuggets. If the self-proclaimed McNuggets connoisseur is wrong, it surely wouldn't hurt to try. But based off several positive comments on the product, we might have a top contender on our hands.

To buy FreezePak's Chicken Nuggets on Lazada, click here.

Curly fries
Sub it with: Arby's Seasoned Curly Fries

Craving for the crunch and umami of a stack of curly fries? Arby's Seasoned Curly Fries might do the trick. This American fast-food sandwich chain has yet to make its entrance on our sunny shores, however its packaged crispy curly fries are in fact, available on Redmart. The verdict? They taste just like the limited edition curls we can only get during festive seasons.

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To buy Arby's Seasoned Curly Fries, click here.

Big Mac
Sub it with: Double Wolf Burger

While burger joints are aplenty and still running on our shores, McD's signature burgers will always remain on top of the comfort food ranking. But if you ever feel robbed of the legendary Big Mac, Wolfburger might be able to help with that. Opened by the team behind Carvers 7 Co., this burger joint is touted for its affordable prices and mouthwatering burgers. One of their highlights, the Double Wolf Burger, comprises of a fresh ground beef patty with all the regular Big Mac ingredients including onions, cheese, lettuce, and pickles. And now, you can simply order this warm, Big Mac substitute right to your doorstep from delivery apps or their website.

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Order the Double Wolf Burger via GrabFood, Deliveroo, Foodpanda or from their website here.

Vanilla cone
Sub it with: Ben & Jerry's Vanilla ice cream

Hot, humid days in Singapore call for a silky smooth ice cream. But not just any regular scoop, we're talking about McDonald's iconic Vanilla cone. This sweet treat can be substituted with a Ben & Jerry's classic vanilla ice cream pint. It all comes down to its creamy vanilla flavour that mirrors the standard McDonald's Vanilla cone that we know so well.

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To order Ben & Jerry's Vanilla ice cream, head to Foodpanda or GrabFood.

McFlurry 
Sub it with: A trusty recipe

With many people turning to the kitchen to whip up delicious treats on their own, a trending recipe from Facebook user Cha Sampan's McDonald's Oreo Flurry is turning heads with just three ingredients. Check out the recipe below:

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What you'll need:

216 ml of Condensed Milk
250 ml of Heavy Cream
1 pack of Oreos

How to make it:

1. Mix the heavy cream and condensed milk in a plastic container. Tip: To make sure the sweet mixture is enough, add only half of the milk first, give it a taste test and once it's set for your liking, add the other half and blend it well through.
2. Place the Oreos in a plastic bag and crush them until it resembles McFlurry's small cookie bits. After that, add the crushed Oreo cookies into the creamy blend.
3. Place the container in the freezer and wait approximately 4-5 hours.
4. Once the mixture is set, scoop it into a bowl and you've just made your very first homemade McFlurry.

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