The curious case of fillet-o-fish from McDonalds

As a non beef eater, fast food choices are often restricted to the typical chicken two-way (fried, grilled), and the occasional rare turkey. I don’t usually eat fast food to begin with as I like to cook at home, but it was one of those rare moments that I was just hankering for some unknown chemical substances masked in a perfect facade of a sandwich or burger in some form, served immediately over a drive thru. So I decided to give McDonald’s Fillet-O-Fish a try. Here is a quick summary of what the sandwich consists of:

So the F-O-F contains pollock or hoki, both of which, though not exactly seafood superstars, do qualify as actual fish.

Maybe the real question ought to be: what else does the Filet-O-Fish contain besides the fish? The caloric ratio of the sandwich is 46% fat, 39% carbs, and just 15% protein. Take another look at DietRiot, and you’ll notice, in addition to the “foaming agent” dimethylpolysiloxane, several partially hydrogenated oils, which produce trans fat.

Like any fried fish you’re going to eat, it’s only going to be good if it is fresh, and it’s also the determining factor whether if it will make you come back for more. The first time I had the sandwich where Ii got it piping hot right off the drive thru, I was obsessed. Perfectly steamed buns, just the right amount of juiciness and tartar sauce, I was hooked. So hooked that the following week, I went and got another. This time the sandwich was kind of warm. Unfortunately, despite it’s pristine exteriors, it was a boner killer. Maybe because I got it at a different McDonalds, and they only gave me half a slice of cheese (seriously) instead or a full size slice of cheese, I might have been happier, and that my obsession with this sandwich might have sustained. Instead it’s like one of those things: you tried it the first time and you absolutely loved it, but the second time around it was so blah that you no longer can sustain any sort of interest to give it another go next time. Maybe someday when I am desperate for fast food again, I will give this a try. Until then, I think I won’t be eating McDonalda again anytime soon.

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