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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tsukimi Burger 2012

My last post was about Tsukimi (月見) or moon viewing and I left a little teaser at the end about how I usually celebrate Tsukimi. Well here it is! I love to celebrate Tsukimi with the Tsukimi Burger.

September in Japan usually brings with it Autumn or Aki (秋) with cooler weather, beautiful fall leaves and Autumn food and drinks. One of my favourite Autumn foods in Japan during this time is the Tsukimi burger. When this starts appearing on The McDonald's menu I know for sure that Autumn has arrived in Japan. The burger is only available for a limited time during the Autumn and will be on the menu again from the 18th of September.


The Tsukimi Burger (月見バーガー) or moon watching burger is so called because the egg in the burger resembles the Autumn full moon. The egg yolk represents the full moon and the egg white the white sky. The Tsukimi Burger first made its appearance on the McDonald’s Japan menu in 1991 and has been a popular tradition every year. The burger contains a poached egg, a beef patty, bacon and a special sauce.

Traditional Tsukimi Burger
There are a couple of different versions including the traditional Tsukimi (月見バーガー), Tsukimi with Cheese (チーズ月見) and the Large Tsukimi Burger (大月見バーガー).

Tsukimi with Cheese & Large Tsukimi Burger
Visit the McDonald's Japan website for more information

14 comments:

  1. I love tsukimi burger. There is also Macdonald in Finland.

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    1. Thanks Cocomino, Yeah, I always love seeing the Tsukimi Burger back on the menu - even if its only for a short time. Anything interesting on the menu in the McDonald's in Finland?

      John

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  2. OK, so it wasn't beer. :D Though you could have a Tsukimi Burger with beer, couldn't you?

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    1. Thanks Rurousha, They do have some cool Autumn beer in Japan :) I could definitely have a Tsukimi Burger with beer if I order take-out :)

      John

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  3. Okay, I read through your post, I looked carefully at the delicious photos and now I think I should get a reward!
    Please send one of those burgers to me. RIGHT NOW!! *g* JK!

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    1. Thanks ZJ, I wish I could, but I'm still stuck here in Oz. Wont be able to get my fix this year but hopefully next :)

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  4. Looks delicious, your photo makes me feel hungry, especially right now, it's midnight. :) That Tsukami burger looks good with the yolk as a moon viewing... I wonder if do they make mistakes sometimes in cooking that egg? :D

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    1. Thanks Steve, It does look good doesn't it? This is Japan so I would expect the eggs to be perfect every time :)

      John

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  5. Eating tsukimi burger while enjoying the moon viewing? With a cold beer? That'd be nice? :)

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    1. Thanks Lina, That sounds like my idea of Autumn heaven :) Tsukimi Burger, Beer and Moon Viewing :)

      John

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  6. I actually had 2 this week hehe. One with cheese, one regular. I really love them, probably my favourite burger at McDonald`s however ... a Tsukimi with cheese set is now 610 yen. I honestly think that is a little expensive, but I guess as Mcs is a brand now, they have every right to expect a little more money, right? Still, I love the Tsukimi!!

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    1. Thanks Rohan, You are making me jealous now! I saw a ranking of the all time top McDonald's Japan burgers recently and the Tsukimi, while only a seasonal burger managed to make the top 5 :) Which do you prefer the regular or Tsukimi with cheese?

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  7. Sitting in Kawaramachi McDonalds in Kyoto right now have a large Tsukimi burger :) soo good!

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    1. Thanks Beau, That's good to hear, but you are making me jealous now :)

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