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Taste Test: An honest review of McDonald’s BTS meal

Does it really taste different from the usual McNuggets and is it worth the hype?

Jeremy Na
Jeremy Na

Just like that Khalid song, Young, dumb and broke. Ok maybe not dumb but definitely the other two.


Published: 22 June 2021, 3:54 PM

After so much hype surrounding it all over the world, the BTS Meal finally hit our shores on Monday (Jun 21). 

With so much fanfare over it, to the point where scalpers were reselling the packaging and even the full meal on Carousell, I was expecting something out of this world, only to end up disappointed. 

While the meal wasn’t all that bad, it definitely wasn’t good either. 

Consisting of a box of nine-piece nuggets, fries, a large coke and two “unique” sauces – sweet chilli sauce in a container with pastel pink label and cajun sauce in a container with purple label –  the set retails for $8.90 and is only available via delivery. 

The sauces appear to be the highlight of the meal (apart from the packaging, which to be frank, wasn’t all that special) and I was expecting some mind-blowing new flavours. I couldn’t be more wrong.

 

The flavour profiles of the sauces feel lazy and are a far cry from classics like McDonald’s curry sauce. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/JEREMY NA

 

The sweet chilli sauce is strangely reminiscent of another fast food chain’s sauce. In fact, the first thought that came to my mind was re-packaged KFC chilli. I’ll give it a small plus though, as it does pack a little more spice as compared to its KFC counterpart.

As for the cajun Sauce, I just can’t help but feel disappointed. When you think of cajun sauce, the flavours that come to mind are usually herby, spicy, garlicky goodness. But with the BTS Meal’s cajun sauce, all that fusion of spices have culminated in is a measly tub of honey mustard.

It’s great if you like honey mustard, but subpar if you don’t.

While I’m aware that there is limited creativity when the highlight of your meal lies in two tubs of sauce, I can’t help but feel that this is a little low-effort.

The rest of the meal is pretty standard, with fries and nine standard nuggets. The only deviation from a normal meal is the large Coke which seems to be even wider than the standard McDonald’s cup.

It’s a big cup of coke so you can’t really go wrong here. 

 

The BTS meal comes with a huge purple coke cup with the McDonald’s and BTS logo plastered all around. Great if you love coke? PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/JEREMY NA

 

We all know nobody really buys the meal for its exhilarating flavours but rather for the BTS packaging itself.

Unlike in other countries, Singapore’s BTS Meal only comes with a BTS nugget box and a BTS coke cup. The brown BTS paper bag, resold for exorbitant prices in some countries, isn’t available here.

If you’re not a fan, you will be better off without trying the BTS Meal. If you’re really craving for some nuggets, the old tried-and-tested normal McNugget meal with its usual curry sauce might be a better choice. 

For diehard fans of BTS, go ahead and get the set if you want the packaging, but don’t expect anything much taste wise.

 


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