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McDonald’s Japan unleashing Giga Big Mac, with 2.8 times the beef of a regular Big Mac

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By Casey Baseel, RocketNews24

Every now and then, no matter how happy you are in your present life, it’s natural for the mind to drift back and reminisce on a few precious memories. Maybe you recall a lazy summer vacation afternoon spent hanging out with your schoolmate friends, somehow talking about everything and nothing all at once, or walking your dog at a time when you were still so young the world never seemed any bigger than a child, the family pet, and the bond they shared.

Or, if you’re like us, you find yourself with a wistful smile as you fondly recall eating a McDonald’s Mega Mac.

McDonald’s Japan has made the gigantic sandwich available just frequently enough to always have us waiting anxiously for its return, with often a gap of a year or more between its appearances. This time, though, McDonald’s is giving us two new options in extra-large dining, with the first being the brand new Grand Big Mac.

Priced at 520 yen, the two-patty Grand Big Mac has the usual Big Mac fixings of lettuce, cheese, pickles, and special sauce. It has a lot more meat, though, with McDonald’s trumpeting the fact that it packs more than 30% more meat than an ordinary Big Mac.

And if you want even more meat? Then there’s the Giga Big Mac.

You may feel a twinge of disappointment to learn that the Giga Big Mac is not, in fact, the size of one billion Big Macs (this is a common misconception among scholars, as many fail to realize that burgers and computer data do not conform to identical measurement standards). Still, rest assured that the Giga Big Mac should be extremely filling, as it boasts more than 2.8 times as much meat as the comparatively puny “Big” Mac. McDonald’s describes it as a great choice for diners looking for “a satisfied sense of accomplishment.”

And because giant sandwiches call for giant side orders, McDonald’s will also be rolling out “grand-size” soft drinks and French fries, both of which are larger than their large-size counterparts.

The new lineup goes on sale April 6. Like many of Japan’s crazier menu items, they’ll only be around for a limited time, making their exit in late April. Oh, and the number of Giga Big Macs served at each location per day will also be limited to some unspecified quantity, presumably to keep the restaurants from running out of beef.

Source: McDonald’s Japan

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2.8 times more reconstituted offal.

Roll up and get it guys!

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Years ago I got a laugh when Nicholas Kristof, in a column about terrorism in the NY Times, wrote, "If you want to kill as many Americans as possible, open a McDonald's franchise."

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520 yen? Better off getting a beef bowl frm Sukiya. Isn't everyone tired of McD's? I'm all for a good burger, dnt get me wrong, just not frm McD.

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I'm curious of the calories in these two burgers. I think the normal Big Mac is something like 700 calories (though I may be entirely wrong with that), so these must be crazy. A single giga Mac would probably be most of my calories for the entire day!

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That looks quite incredible, will definitely be trying it out

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YUCK!! Definitely pass on this, gross!

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That looks quite incredible, will definitely be trying it out

I'd recommend that Carl's Jr instead. I think its opening up pretty soon in Akihabara.

I even heard that Carl's is not tailoring their menu / burgers to suit Japanese customers. So no rice-burgers, egg burgers, teriyaki burgers and all that other bull crap. Just a straight up good tasting hamburger.

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"turmpeting" Just a suggestion to fix the error in the 4th paragraph.

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"Isn't everyone tired of McD's?"

Well, they're opening up 1,500 new stores across Asia....so to answer your question: no, not really, just you, apparently.

http://www.skynews.com.au/business/business/company/2016/03/31/mcdonalds-to-open-1500-new-outlets-in-asia.html

The best Big Mac I ever saw was in Alaska, the "McKinley Mac," appropriately named for the tallest mountain in North America (and in Alaska). Instead of doubling up the regular (and rather dry) hamburger patties like the Mega, they used two juicy Quarter Pounder patties.

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2.8 times the junk. That much faster to an early death.

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A regular Big Mac has 520 calories and 950 mg of sodium, couldn't find info on the gigamac. Add a large coke @ 320 calories, and large fries @ 560 calories and 420 mg of sodium, just have the paramedics standing by with the defib machine.

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How much for just the lettuce and the pickles?

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I like Chicken Tatsuta.

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It's just a gimmick. It's not as if most people eat this type of thing regularly. Calm down.

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I found it extremely difficult to eat the Mega-Mac. This would be ... just as messy.

Does it come with a bib?

Honestly, McDonald's is shoving the (North) American overkill diet on the poor unsuspecting Japanese populace.

And we all know they will gobble anything advertised as such all up, pun intended.

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@bwooster

2.8 times more reconstituted offal.

Are you saying you don't eat sausages either?

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Carl's Jr. opened up a month ago in Akihabara.

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Honestly, McDonald's is shoving the (North) American overkill diet on the poor unsuspecting Japanese populace.

Yes, the poor uneducated naïve Japanese who lack the ability to read.

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Tryin' to get people fatty like a lotta westerners are,uh?

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Oh man I went to the Golden Arches yesterday, but didn't see this - I'll have to try this one next time I go. I thought this was called ''the Mega Mac'' or something like that ?

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Order it with a large side of statins...

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I'd recommend that Carl's Jr instead. I think its opening up pretty soon in Akihabara.

I even heard that Carl's is not tailoring their menu / burgers to suit Japanese customers. So no rice-burgers, egg burgers, teriyaki burgers and all that other bull crap. Just a straight up good tasting hamburger.

Carl's is definitely in the top 3 category of the best burger chains out there. I agree, let's hope they don't go changing the menu.

Miki D's is pretty much at this point passé nowadays. In Japan, I hardly go at all, I just like the fries pretty much and in the states, miss the McRib and Shamrock shake, love those baked apple pies, but in Japan, they still fry them. I don't really understand why they still haven't come around to the change.

Honestly, McDonald's is shoving the (North) American overkill diet on the poor unsuspecting Japanese populace.

What does the US McD's have anything to do with the Japanese one? Thought they're all independent franchises in Japan.

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Nessie,

Are you saying you don't eat sausages either?

Not unless I know what's in them!

When I was a kid in England, going shopping with mum, we would call in at the butcher's. She would choose the meat for the mince, for the sausages and for the faggots, we'd go to some other shops and by the time we'd come back, the meat was minced and the sausages and faggots made. They were amazing.

For those who don't know what faggots are, here is a recipe:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2552644/faggots-with-onion-gravy

When I first went to the States, there were roadside diners that sold REAL burgers.

Nothing from McDonald's tastes ANYTHING like those burgers.

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When I first went to the States, there were roadside diners that sold REAL burgers.

Nothing from McDonald's tastes ANYTHING like those burgers.

Yup. Those are the best, mom/pop diners featuring REAL burgers.

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So it's basically a variant of the double Big Mac, which they have here in Canada. I've tried it and it just emphasizes the low grade of "beef" they use as their patties.

But it's better than the double Filet O Fish. That's like eating a sponge soaked in oil.

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But it's better than the double Filet O Fish.

A glorified fish paste patty. Nastier than the beef.

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I thought we were supposed to be fighting obesity, not accelerating it??!!

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I thought we were supposed to be fighting obesity, not accelerating it??!!

If you maintain an active lifestyle and usually eat healthy, then what's the big deal?

It's okay to cheat once in a while. Nuthing like a great tasting burger from Carl's JR. See-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dARPOq5VPPA

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There's another article on JT today saying "McDonald's Japan wonders where its customers went"

With garbage like this, it wouldn't take a brain surgeon to wonder why!

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