Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Mr. Dave Remembers the McRibliness of the McRib being somewhat more McRiblier
I know it has been a few weeks since the McRib has been crapped back onto the market by ol' Mickey D's, but hey, I have been away. As I am sure you have been bludgeoned over the head with posts via the very vogue and hip "food sensationalist" blog craze concerning the latest fast food abominations, I will keep this short. As always, I feel my meager 2 cents may be interesting to you.
I have tried two McRibs since their reemergence on the market and have been thoroughly disappointed with the both. I get McDonald's whole "making stuff more like actual food" bit. However, with the McRib, I am looking for something completely artificial. Meat candy if you will.
Back in the day the roll was more cheap hot dog bun-esque, the formed meat thing was a bit smaller, there was more "barbecue sauce" (tangy corn syrup), and the whole deal was somehow smooshier and more delicious. Now the bread is almost real bread like and the rib is suspiciously "real meat" like in texture (that is not to say that I am not under the illusion that an equal amount of meat chemistry has been used to forum the thing, as in the past). Also, I am not sure about this, but I think I remember the onions being in a small diced form back in the day, not slices as they are going with now. You get a real crunch of onion now.
That may be my whole problem with the new sandwich, it is something about the change in texture. My child's palate was delighted by homogenous, soft and squishy foods. I remember doing things like painstakingly picking out all of the onions from takeout Chinese fried rice, I didn't like the crunch. The McRib is all about nostalgia (the only thing that usually entices me to eat fast food these days, that and for science!), and I just don't get the same buzz off the thing as I did as a child.
Bahhhh, give me the McRib of my youth, the nasty miracle of food science that it was.
(The McRib is still better than those nasty, bone-in, rib things that the Burger King was trying to foist on his loyal subjects.)