McDonald’s Japan Offers Tofu McNuggets

McDonald’s Japan is introducing a new nugget snack featuring the other white meat.

Less than a week after announcing it would halt sales of all chicken products imported from China following a scandal at chicken-nugget supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co., Japan’ largest restaurant chain by revenue said it would start serving Tofu Shinjo Nuggets (豆腐しんじょナゲット). They are made mainly from tofu and vegetables.

“The new nuggets do not include any chicken” but are made from ingredients that include onions, soybeans, carrots and minced fish, a spokeswoman at McDonald’s Japan said. The nuggets, to be manufactured in domestic factories, will be available for ¥249 (US$2.44) for four pieces.

This is first nugget product to feature tofu as the main ingredient, the spokeswoman said, adding that McDonald’s Japan had planned to introduce the product before the scandal in China came to light. Shinjo is a kind of Japanese food made of fish paste, starch and other ingredients.

The new tofu nuggets will be served with a ginger-flavored sauce. “Because it isn’t meat, it tastes a bit different. It’s a bit softer,” the spokeswoman said. “Calorie-wise, it is a bit lower than chicken as well.” Tofu Shinjo Nuggets will be available until late September.

Source: Wall Street Journal