Last year, McDonald’s Malaysia embraced the nickname Malaysians affectionately bestowed upon them, ‘Mekdi’, by displaying it loudly and proudly at their very first local outlet in Bukit Bintang.
Recently, they decided to take their patriotism game up a notch by allowing Malaysians to choose 16 other outlets, in which will also bear the significant byname.
In conjunction with Merdeka and Malaysia Day, McDonald’s has announced the 16 lucky stores that will wear a ‘Mekdi’ emblem as a badge of honour awarded by Malaysians.
The word ‘Mekdi’ stems from how Malaysians pronounce McDonald’s shortened name, McD, which is glorious considering our tendency to create our own localised terminology, just like how we address our Independence Day, or Hari Kemerdekaan simply as ‘Merdeka’, which means free or independent in Malay.
“Fondly known to Malaysians as Mekdi, McDonald’s has become the brand it is today because of the unwavering support of our customers. The Mekdi name created a lot of excitement last year when we first revealed the signage at our iconic Bukit Bintang restaurant, and this showed how Mekdi truly resonated with Malaysians from all walks of life. So this year, we wanted to pay tribute to more Malaysians across the country by turning their favourite McDonald’s into a Mekdi as well,” said Hajjah Melati Abdul Hai, the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officers of McDonald’s Malaysia.
But that’s not all!
Of course, with Malaysians come good food, and McDonald’s is no stranger to that.
McDonald’s Malaysia has also introduced a new twist to their fragrant and delicious Nasi Lemak McD. They’re now serving it with a Rendang Ayam option!
Customers can now also choose to have their Nasi Lemak McD with either a Spicy Chicken McDeluxe Cutlet or a Grilled Chicken Burger (GCB) Cutlet
Their dessert menu is also getting a local-flavour infusion with their all new McFlurry Cendol, which features delicious gula melaka, coconut bits, creamy vanilla soft-serve and cendol jelly.
Other exciting Malaysia-inspired desserts such as the Corn Pie and the cendol-flavoured ice cream are also making a comeback!
McDonald’s wrote, “Bring your favourite Pokemon out for battle with these exclusive Pokemon toys! Catch ’em all for FREE with each purchase of a Happy Meal from the 5th of December to the 1st of January. Only at McDonald’s!”
90’s babies can expect multiple Pikachu toys alongside an Eevee toy and Rowlet, Litten and Popplio toys – though not all of them will be available at the same time. Here’s the schedule avid Pokemon enthusiasts can follow:
Starting 5th of December: Attack! Eevee Swift and Pikachu Double Spinner
Starting 12th of December: Rotate Rowlet! Razor Leaf! and Pikachu Pokeball Catch
Starting 19th of December: Watch Out! Litten Flamethrower and Pikachu Attack Roller
Starting 26th of December: Jump Out Popplio! Water Jet! and Go Pikachu! Thunderbolt Attack!
They’re in ridiculously high demand, so grab yours before they’re out of stock.
McDonald’s Malaysia’s posting has since garnered over 236 shares, which means there may be 236 people out there who already have their hands on one, not to mention those who didn’t share the posting who may want to keep it a secret.
MCDONALD’S Malaysia menukar papan tanda restorannya di Bukit Bintang kepada Mekdi, slanga tempatan bagi singkatan perkataan McD.
Cawangan berkenaan juga adalah restoran McDonald’s yang pertama di Malaysia dan dibuka pada 1982.
Naib Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Pemasarannya, Melati Abdul Hai berkata, nama Mekdi akan digunakan untuk tempoh sementara sempena sambutan Hari Kebangsaan dan Hari Malaysia.
“Sepanjang 37 tahun, rakyat Malaysia telah membantu membangunkan jenama McDonald’s Malaysia seperti yang dikenali hari ini.
“Sebagai tanda penghargaan atas sokongan berterusan pelanggan, kami telah memutuskan untuk menerima pakai nama panggilan mesra Mekdi yang diberikan kepada kami, di mana ia kini sinonim dengan jenama McDonald’s,” katanya dalam kenyataan di Kuala Lumpur, hari ini.
Menurutnya, sempena meraikan Bulan Kebangsaan, McDonald’s Malaysia menyambut segala yang berkaitan Malaysia dengan memperkenalkan Nasi Lemak McD, hidangan kegemaran ramai rakyat Malaysia dalam versinya tersendiri.
Malah, menyedari populariti nasi lemak di kalangan rakyat Malaysia, McDonald’s Malaysia juga memulakan petisyen di seluruh negara di laman web Change.org supaya nasi lemak diiktiraf secara rasmi sebagai hidangan kebangsaan Malaysia, dengan sasaran mengumpul 1 juta tandatangan menjelang Hari Malaysia pada 16 September nanti.
The ‘Special Remark’ section of a food delivery order can be a delightful place.In the past, customers have made cheeky requests from food delivery riders, some of which were actually fulfilled from time to time.
Take, for example, when local YouTuber AnimaJinx asked for “a handsome guy”… and McDelivery delivered:
And that one time this guy asked McDonald’s to give him “the most chilli sauce in Malaysia” and they sent an entire plastic bag full of chilli sauce packets:
While most of these amusing encounters are of the “layan je” variety, the latest delivery story to have gone viral shows a McDelivery rider who went above and beyond to fulfill a sick customer’s request
In the “Special Instructions” section of his order (below), Twitter user @amirulizarin wrote, “Hello bro, if you don’t mind please help me buy some Panadol. I’ll pay you later. Thanks.”
To his surprise, he was touched to find that the rider actually read his remark and had included a packet of Panadol along with his order.
The heartwarming encounter was widely shared on Twitter, where it has already amassed close to 29k retweets and messages of praise from Malaysians:
It may be a simple gesture, but this story certainly gives us the fuzzies. We appreciate you, abang and kakak riders!
McDonald’s Malaysia just recently introduced their Cempedak McFlurry and we are excited AF! You can satisfy your taste buds for only RM6 as you devour the cempedak goodness which goes oh-so-well with the creamy soft serve.
Not only that but this soft serve will satiate your taste buds as well as excite them when you chew into the sneaky bits of cempedak that are mixed in.
That said, it was a tad bit sweet but that didn’t stop me from finishing the whole cup. I don’t regret it! 😎
To be brutally honest, we wondered if the delicious local delight would complement that classic McD soft serve and fortunately, they went perfectly together. It was a match made in heaven!
Well, you’ll be glad to know that the new item has been available since 23rd July 2019 in McD outlets all over Malaysia. So, you can get your hands on Cempedak Mcflurry at your nearest McD outlet!
In conjunction with the launch of McDonald’s Malaysia new Portuguese Chicken Burger, the fast food chain will be launching a new Augmented Reality game called “Catching Nonando” this Thursday, 4th July 2019.
In the game, customers would need to catch as many Nonando Chickens as they can in 60 seconds to collect points. Those points can be used to redeem discounts on the Portuguese Chicken Burger depending on the number of Nonandos they catch!
Furthermore, there will be a nationwide leader board that tracks the top players. The first-place winner AKA the one with the highest points, will get to walk away with up to 50,000 Air Asia BIG Points.
Link to the game will be available on McDonald’s Malaysia official website as well as Facebook page on 4th July. To play the game, all you need to do is click on the link and start playing!
The new Portuguese Chicken Burger features a juicy fried chicken patty, dipped in a unique piri-piri sauce, served with a bed of mixed vegetables and fresh lettuce, all sandwiched between a brand new chilli flake bun.
“Over the years, we’ve taken our customers on exciting taste adventures to countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Korea and Thailand, by infusing their unique flavours into our menu items here in Malaysia through our ‘Discover the World’ campaign,” says Eugene Lee, Marketing Director of McDonald’s Malaysia.
“When it comes to innovative menu items, McDonald’s always strives to delight and surprise customers with new explosive flavours and this burger will definitely offer a taste experience that is unlike anything we have introduced before.”
The Portuguese Chicken Burger set meal is served with French Fries and either a Fanta Grape McFreeze or regular coke. The set meal is priced from RM16.99 and it will be available in all McDonald’s Malaysia outlets for a limited time only and while stock last.
It’s the exact opposite of a McMansion. The McHive is the world’s smallest McDonald’s, and it’s not even fit for humans.
The McHive is a miniature McDonald’s replica but instead of a cash register, fryer and seating inside, it’s just rows and rows of honeycombs meant for bees.
The project grew out of an unusual feature of Swedish McDonald’s. To lessen their environmental impact, some McDonald’s locations began installing beehives on their roofs.
“The initiative started out locally but is now growing,” NORD DDB, the creative agency behind the project, explained. “More franchisees around the country are joining the cause and have also started replacing the grass around their restaurants with flowers and plants that are important for the wellbeing of wild bees.”
In honor of World Bee Day (celebrated each year on May 20), the fast-food company commissioned award-winning Swedish set designer Nicklas Nilsson (who has worked on music videos for David Bowie and Lykke Li) to create the “world’s smallest McDonald’s” to welcome “thousands of important guests.” It comes complete with golden arches, drive-through and ads in the windows.
The mini-beehive McDonald’s itself will be auctioned off to benefit the Ronald McDonald House charities.
“We have a lot of really devoted franchisees who contribute to our sustainability work, and it feels good that we can use our size to amplify such a great idea as beehives on the rooftops,” Christoffer Rönnblad, marketing director of McDonald’s Sweden, told Adweek.
In Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated while strangeness is special. It’s the reason why we love UglyDolls. And Kelly Clarkson of course.
In conjunction with the released of “UglyDolls”, McDonald’s Malaysia is giving out 8 different toys from animated film. It features various characters from the beloved animation.
This “UglyDolls” toy set is unique from previous Happy Meal toy series because this set a playhouse to build, a figure from the movie, a pencil crayon, and a sticker sheet. This UglyDolls x Happy Meal promo is already available, and will run until the end of the month.
From 2nd May: Moxy’s Newspaper Stand, Ox’s Party Shop
From 9th May: Ugly Pet’s Pet Shop, Lucky Bat’s Tea Shop
From 16th May: Wage’s Bakery, Bobo’s Art & Craft Shop
From 23rd May: Ice-Bat’s Ice Rink, Wedgehead’s Bank