McDonald's Debuts Veggie Nuggets — Sort Of

unnamed-1Photo: Courtesy of McDonald's Japan.
It looks like Japan's not taking any chances: Hot on the heels of last week's tainted meat incident that forced Hong Kong McDonald's locations to pull at least half a dozen items from their menus, McDonald's Japan has introduced tofu shinjo nuggets, The Wall Street Journal reports. An informal office poll reveals that this sounds disgusting to almost everybody.
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So, what exactly are the bites made of, if not mechanically separated chicken byproducts? Nothing that will appeal to the vegetarian crowd: Reportedly, it's onions, carrots, soybeans, as well as tofu — the main ingredient — and minced fish, which makes the nuggets decidedly unfit for non-meat-eaters.
The nuggets, which were in production before the Chinese meat scandal broke, are served with a ginger sauce, and will be a "bit softer" than the original chicken version, a McDonald's spokeswoman told WSJ. A four-piece meal will retail for 249 yen, or about $2.44.
No word yet on whether these will be coming stateside — or if the fast-food mega-chain plans to invent a version that's actually vegetarian.
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