McDonald's restaurants in China are serving up black and white burgers which may be sending a political message.
The unique burgers come in black and white. The black burger, with a black bun with white seeds contains a beef burger with chopped onions and a black pepper sauce. The white bun with black seeds contains a chicken burger and comes with a sweet and spicy sauce. While it may sound interesting, the burgers are offending some in the country.
Some thought it might be a play on the classic Ying-Yang sign. However The Beijinger says it goes much deeper than that. The burgers may a play on the Chinese phrase heibai liangdao tongchi, which describes someone who eats from both sides or are connected with the government, which is the white side, and organized crime, which is the black side. These are people involved with both the government and organized crime.
The writer behind the Beijing Cream gave a review of the burgers and they weren't impressed. "This meal offends everyone. I would sooner eat a century egg bathed in stinky tofu with a chicken-foot garnish than order this again," they wrote.
Some think the burgers may just be another gimmick as they suggest that McDonalds had run out of ideas. The author of the Beijing Cream notes that McDonalds also came out with a mashed potato burger recently.
China's McDonalds website offers a deal on the burgers and they're only available for a limited time. The restaurants also offer bubble tea, the popular milk tea with tapioca pearls.
This isn't the only change that McDonalds has made in various counties lately. India recently got its first vegetarian McDonalds restaurant. Earlier this summer, those in the Philippines got to try McDonalds curly fries.
A deal for the burgers is available through McDonald's China's web site and lasts for a limited time.