After receiving a rotten shipment, McDonald’s Japan recently announced that it will no longer import meat from China. With that major supply off limits, the company is getting creative.
Japanese McDonald’s restaurants will soon serve tofu McNuggets made from onions, soybeans, carrots, and minced fish, according to Inhabitat. Served with a ginger-flavored sauce, they’ll sell for 249 yen (about $2.44) for four pieces. McDonald’s says the change is unrelated to the scandal, but the timing seems to indicate differently.
Officially called Tofu Shinjo Nuggets, after a type of Japanese food made with fish paste, starch and other ingredients, they will apparently taste different from their meat counterparts. They’ll be “a bit softer,” according to the company, but also slightly lower in calories.
That’s a coincidental perk for food known for being unhealthy, and a temporary one at that. McDonald’s is reportedly rebuilding its regional chicken supply by sourcing from Thailand instead of China, so the tofu nuggets probably won’t last long.