A aspect of fries with a burger is a staple. However international locations like Japan rely on American growers for many of the frozen potatoes which can be processed into fries and offered at main chains — and a dwindling inventory of potatoes has put fast-food chains in a pickle.
Burger King, which operates over 150 eating places in Japan, discovered a method across the scarcity. Till new provides lastly arrive, clients are being requested to swap out fries for one thing Japan has no scarcity of: ramen noodles.
Burger King calls it the “almost-potato set,” which features a burger and a aspect of crunchy ramen noodles. The noodles are are good and salty, however aren’t the identical.
Prospects in Japan instructed CBS Information’ Lucy Craft that the ramen could not be a everlasting resolution.
“I might be unhappy with out fries,” one particular person mentioned. “I all the time get fries with my burger.”
“If Burger King had solely crunchy ramen, possibly I’d simply go to McDonald’s,” one other mentioned.
Burger King mentioned its uncommon choices have earned it devoted followers, including that many have given up fries as a present of loyalty. The chain additionally thought-about substituting fries with choices like broiled squid, apple pie and even boiled ramen.
Burger King is not the one fast-food chain grappling with spud shortfalls. Final winter, rival McDonald’s was compelled to ration fries and potato nuggets for almost a month.