It’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves in Singapore where we only have apple pie, occasionally banana pie that tastes like goreng pisang, and other sweet-flavoured pie at our local McDonald’s – whereas places like Japan get savoury pies like this “hehonhohehohai” – otherwise known as bacon potato pie.
— マクドナルド (@McDonaldsJapan) October 3, 2017
This popular menu item is now available at most McDonald’s outlets in Japan. Priced at 150 yen (about S$1.80), the bacon potato pie will be up for grabs until end October.
Not only does the bacon potato pie have a crispy crust, it is filled with a creamy base, smokey bacon, chunks of potato and bits of onion. It had been a regular menu item for 12 years, from 1990 to 2002. The smoking hot pie’s return last year, for McDonald’s 45th anniversary since the first outlet opened at Ginza, generated a lot of excitement as well.
This year, the name “hehonhohehohai” was given to the bacon potato pie as a description of its savouriness and the comfort and warmth it brings this cold season. Since we do not have autumn or winter here, think of it as having a bowl of steaming, creamy soup when it is raining. In case you’re wondering, “hehonhohehohai” is how people sound when they have a mouthful of the hot pie and are asked what they are eating.
— マクドナルド (@McDonaldsJapan) October 5, 2017
If you are in Japan, or travelling there this month, be sure to order one “hehonhohehohai”! But not to worry if you get tongue-tied – saying ‘bacon potato pie’ works, too.
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